MONTE KOCH, PGA, CIC
PGA ExecuSearch Consultant
Monte Koch, Certified PGA Professional, CIC, serves as the PGA ExecuSearch Consultant for the Pacific Northwest PGA Section.
Koch’s focus is to provide career coaching for PGA professionals, employment and business consultation for course owners, club managers, and the like to create significant and measurable revenue increases, deeper consumer/member engagement, etc. Prior to starting his role as a Career Consultant, Koch was a Player Development Regional Manager (PDRM) from March 2012- June 2017.
“It’s this career coaching and engagement with PGA professionals and their facilities that I’ve found to be the most fulfilling part of my work with the PGA. It’s not about just player development or just employment. Sure, programs and concepts are part of the toolbox, but I have the privilege of coaching, equipping, inspiring, and prospering PGA professionals to be better than they have been. As a result, these PGA professionals often create opportunities for themselves, create more revenue for their employer and create more community for the golfers they serve…it’s truly a triple win,” said Koch when asked about his “professional why” for working with the PGA.
With more than 25 years in golf, Koch is proud of his start as a greenskeeper at the City of Portland’s Heron Lakes Golf Course. A native of Beaverton, OR, Koch is a graduate of the Professional Golf Management program at New Mexico State University. After graduation, Monte moved to the Northern California PGA Section (NCPGA) and his first role at Saddle Creek Golf Club. In all, Koch worked for more than 15 years at facilities in the NCPGA Section. During that time, he worked in various roles including General Manager, Director of Golf and Head Golf Professional at multiple facility types (including private, semi-private/daily fee and municipal.)
Koch’s last position before the PGA was in the Napa Valley at Chardonnay Golf Club. While in the NCPGA, Koch served as a director for the section, including two years each as Secretary, Vice-President and President. Koch was also very involved in the formative years of the California Alliance for Golf (CAG) representing the NCPGA among golf industry leaders and in the Northern California PGA Foundation (the section’s 501-c3) as a director and officer. In 2008, Koch won the section’s Bill Strasbaugh award for “mentoring and community leadership”, followed by the Professional of the Year award in 2011. Monte, his wife and four children reside in Auburn, WA.
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