Brandon Howard, PGA, Selected for 2023-24 PGA LEAD Class

RICHMOND, Va. (April 27, 2023) – Belmont Head Golf Professional Brandon Howard, PGA, has been selected as one of 15 PGA Members for the 2023-24 PGA LEAD class, the PGA of America recently announced.

Howard joined the First Tee – Greater Richmond organization in January as the head professional at Belmont and oversees the day-to-day operation of the historic facility, including staffing, sales, patron relationships, teaching and events. Howard came to Belmont with over 10 years of experience in the golf industry, including time as the Head Golf Professional at Somerby Golf Club in Rochester, Minn., and as the Player Development Coordinator for the City of Westminster, Colo.

“Brandon’s desire to grow the inclusivity of the game and industry was key in his selection to become our Head Professional at Belmont,” First Tee – Greater Richmond Vice President of Operations Mark Lynch, PGA, said. “His belief in making the game and facility welcoming to everyone drives our vision at Belmont and First Tee – Greater Richmond, and his efforts within PGA LEAD will continue to shape how we act and impact growth across the PGA of America.”

Established in 2016, PGA LEAD is the Association’s leadership development program, created to identify, mentor and progress PGA Members from diverse backgrounds along a guided path to volunteer leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and National levels of the Association. PGA LEAD also helps PGA Members who have a desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards within the communities where they work and live.

This 18-month leadership development program reinforces the PGA of America’s commitment to create a game, workforce and industry supply chain that better mirror America’s demographics. More specifically, the PGA is committed to inclusive governance, environments, systems and structures that create the opportunity for all PGA Professionals to develop, grow and lead.

“I am excited to see the continued interest in PGA LEAD as it continues to thrive in helping PGA Members receive the training and skills needed to ascend into leadership positions throughout the Association,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, the Director of Golf at the Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. “This program helps bring a diverse cross section of talented PGA Members together as leaders in a host of important positions within the golf industry nationwide, which will help position the PGA of America’s overall growth and success for decades to come.”

PGA LEAD is a complement to PGA WORKS – a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. Among the alumni of the PGA LEAD are three PGA Section presidents, three Section vice presidents, two Section secretaries, 19 Section board members and 19 national committee members.

2023-2024 PGA LEAD Class Members
Jackie Buckley, PGA – Scioto Country Club – Columbus, Ohio; Southern Ohio PGA Section
Jason Dochney, PGA – JSJ Inc. – Tulsa, Okla.; South Central PGA Section
Peyton Durham Hemme, PGA – Westchester Country Club – Rye, N.Y.; Metropolitan PGA Section
Langston Frazier, PGA – Belle Haven Country Club – Alexandria, Va.; Middle Atlantic PGA Section
Melissa Hatten, PGA – Talisker Club – Park City, Utah; Utah PGA Section
Marvin Gene Herrod Jr., PGA – Sunset Country Club – St. Charles, Mo.; Gateway PGA Section
Brandon Howard, PGA – Belmont Golf Course – Richmond, Va.; Middle Atlantic PGA Section
Cathy Kim, PGA – Baltimore Country Club – Baltimore, Md.; Middle Atlantic PGA Section
Heather King, PGA – MCAS Miramar Memorial – San Diego, Calif.; Southern California PGA Section
Brendan Locke, PGA – GOLFTEC Wisconsin – Madison, Wis.; Wisconsin PGA Section
Nolan Rheam, PGA – Olde Florida Golf Club – Naples, Fla.; South Florida PGA Section
Nick St. Onge, PGA – Country Club of Lincoln – Lincoln, Neb.; Nebraska PGA Section
Missy Williams, PGA – Tara Golf & Country Club – Bradenton, Fla.; North Florida PGA Section
Ronnie Valerio, PGA – Temecula, Calif.; Southern California PGA Section
Len Zamora, PGA – Scotts Park Golf Links – Albuquerque, N.M.; Sun Country PGA Section