Staff

Staff

Ashley Barnhart
Colorado Golf Association

Director of Junior Competitions
abarnhart@coloradogolf.org

 

Ashley grew up in small town Kenmare, North Dakota. She learned to play golf on the local 9 hole course and enjoyed traveling to play the nearby sand green course with her family. Ashley started playing competitive golf in eighth grade and continued throughout her college career. She graduated from the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, ND in 2016 with a BA in Elementary Education and minors in Early Childhood Development and Business Administration. As a UJ golfer, Ashley was a two-time Academic All-American and was a member of the 2014-15 NAIA National Championship qualifying team. Ashley is a five-sport athlete who is passionate about competition and recognizes the true value of athletics. In 2014 Ashley served as the CJGA Summer Intern and in 2015 she served as the CGA Junior Tournament Coordinator. In May 2016, she was hired as the CGA Manager of Junior Competitions.  

 

Holly Champion, PGA
Colorado Section of the PGA

Junior Golf Director
hchampion@pgahq.com

 

Holly is an Illinois native and grew up on a family farm with a passion for golf. She has been in the golf business since 2008 when she volunteered as a Junior Golf Coach for the youth program at Mattoon Golf and Country Club in Mattoon, Illinois. Holly graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and concentrations in PGA Golf Management and Resort Management. She was also part of the MU National Championship Women’s Golf Team. Upon graduating from Methodist she was elected as a PGA Member in April of 2013. Holly has a strong passion for growing the game, particularly with junior golfers. Some of her experience with juniors includes creating a multi-tiered instructional Junior Golf Academy, coaching a PGA Junior League team, leading summer junior golf camps, and working as a Tournament Coordinator for the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Holly is married to her husband Scott and they have two dogs.

  

Scott Minta
Colorado Section of the PGA

Junior Golf Coordinator
sminta@pgahq.com

 

 

Scott grew up just outside of Chicago in the town of Naperville, Illinois. He learned to play golf at numerous public courses throughout the area and enjoyed playing with his younger brother as often as possible. Scott started playing competitive golf in his sophomore year of high school and continued throughout his collegiate career. He graduated from Judson University in Elgin, IL in 2012 with a BA in Sports Management and a minor in Business. Prior to joining the Colorado PGA, Scott was the 12-month P.J. Boatwright Intern with the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association, was a member of the 2016 Ryder Cup implementation team and worked a season with the Western Golf Association. In his free time, outside of golf, he enjoys to play and referee hockey.
 

 

Patrick Salva
Colorado Section of the PGA

Assistant Executive Director
psalva@pgahq.com

 

 

Patrick Salva is the Assistant Executive Director of the Colorado PGA. In his role he manages the day-to-day operations of the Section including overseeing Tournament Operations, Marketing and Communications, as well as the three pillars of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation.
 
A seasoned golf association administrator, Patrick has been a member of the staff at the Colorado PGA since the spring of 2008. He was initially hired as the Tournament Manager before moving into the role of Tournament Director in 2012. He moved into the Marketing and Communications Director role in 2014 and has served in his current role since 2016.
 
Patrick is a native of Central Ohio and attended Ohio University where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management. Outside of golf, Patrick enjoys cooking, gardening and experiencing all that Colorado has to offer.

   

Brent Vasa
Colorado Golf Association

PJ Boatwright Intern
bvasa@coloradogolf.org

 
 

Brent grew up in Holyoke, Colorado a small town in Northeastern Colorado. In his childhood, he would play the local 9-hole municipal course with his father. He found his love the game when he attended a week long Junior Camp at the Sterling Country Club in Sterling, CO. Through his middle school years Brent caddied at Ballyneal Golf and Hunt Club also located in Holyoke. He was a 3-sport athlete through high school, competing in golf, basketball, and baseball. After high school Brent joined the Marine Corps and served 4 years in the infantry. He decided not to continue his military service and was honorably discharged and pursued a career in golf. Brent attended the Golf Academy of America in Orlando. While attending school, he received an Associates in Golf Complex Operations and Management as well as a teaching certificate in golf. 

   

Connor Burke
Colorado Section of the PGA

Tournament Operations Intern
cburke@pgahq.com

 

Connor was born in Westminster, Colorado but lived his first 10 years in Las Vegas, Nevada not playing golf at all. After moving to Greeley, CO, he started to play a few times during the summer but it wasn’t until he reached high school that he started to fall in love with the game of golf. He then started playing in tournaments all around the state of Colorado and eventually going out of the state. In the summer, he was at the golf course from sun up till sun down. Connor also worked at Boomerang Golf Links all four years of high school doing outside services. After high school, Connor decided to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas aspiring to be a PGA Professional through the Professional Golf Management Program. UNLV has helped expanded his knowledge and appreciation for the game of golf greatly and has provided new opportunities in the golf industry. 

   

Chase Kerlek
Colorado Section of the PGA

Tournament Operations Intern
ckerlek@pgahq.com

 

Chase is originally from Naples, a small city in Southwest Florida. At an early age, he learned to play golf while taking lessons with his dad and enjoyed playing with friends at the local course he lived on. Chase attends the University of Florida and studies Telecommunication in the college of Journalism & Communication. Throughout his collegiate career Chase has been a student-member of the Florida Gators Football Video staff and has worked at University of Florida’s Golf Course. His passion for junior golf began last year as a volunteer for the Gainesville Junior Golf Tour and continued to grow as an Operations Intern for the American Junior Golf Association. 

   

PJ Garinger
Colorado Section of the PGA

Tournament Operations Intern
pgaringer@pgahq.com

 

Philip, who prefers to go by PJ, was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois, a town south of Chicago. He grew up playing golf with his dad, and fell in love with the game at an early age. He continued this passion throughout high school, being a four-year member of his golf team. Philip is an incoming senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Finance. He is a member of the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, having worked both for the Illinois Ticket Office and Marketing Department. He is very passionate about sports business, and hopes to grow and learn from his new experience in the golf industry.