Journal Entry #91

John Darling, founder of Senior Friendly Golf, and Doug Wert, PGA and President of Golf Management Systems, has announced a joint venture to develop a book on golf tournament success.

Their project will expand Darling's book, THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT, into the areas of corporate golf tournaments, networking on the golf course for golfers and non-golfers and how golf course professionals and their clients can work together to maximize each other's interests.

Darling originated Senior Friendly Golf in 2002 with the launching of the web site, which quickly became beneficial for all levels of golfers. His attention turned to helping Advantage Golf of Colorado establish a presence in Colorado Springs and southern Colorado. After consulting and holding seminars on how charities and nonprofits could raise money with golf tournaments, John's mentor, Dave Csintyan, President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber, told him, "John, write the book."

In 2008 THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT was published by Outskirts Press of Parker, Colorado. It was introduced at the 93rd Annual International Kiwanis Convention in Orlando, Florida in June 2008. According to a representative of the National Hole-in-One Association, the book was an overwhelming success.

John Darling is a frequent volunteer at USGA and PGA professional golf tournaments, which have included The International, the 2007 USGA Women's Open, the 2008 USGA Senior Open, this year's 71st Senior PGA championship and he will be an area captain at the 2011 USGA Women's Open at the Broadmoor Resort and Golf Club. He is also a member of the PGA Foundation.

For the Senior Friendly Golf website Darling writes articles, reviews golf courses and golf related products, and offers golf tips and training through Bobby Steiner's contributions and web site Bobby is the Director of Instruction at Little Turtle Golf Club in Westerville, Ohio.

Doug Wert has been a PGA member for 17 years and is a graduate of the Mississippi State PGA Golf Management program and has an MBA from The University of Colorado. He served seven years as the Head Professional at TPC Southwind in Memphis, six years as the General Manager/Director of Golf at Penn State Golf Courses where he was awarded Philadelphia PGA Merchandiser of the Year for five consecutive years. Wert is currently serving on the board of directors of the Professional Golfers Association Colorado section.

Wert is no stranger to golf tournaments as both a player on the PGA Ben Hogan Tour and managing over 400 tournaments a year at Penn State Golf Courses. He will also serve as the #1 hole captain at the 2011 USGA Women's Open.

Wert was the first director of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs PGA Golf Management Program. He is currently involved with golf operations consulting as the president of Golf Management Systems worldwide, Faculty Member for PGA of America Education, as well as providing investment and all financial services through Strategic Financial Partners.

Both Darling and Wert reside in Colorado Springs and are available to speak to groups concerning networking and fund raising with golf tournaments.

THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT is available on line through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and the CD ROM format is available through the Senior Friendly Golf website.

For additional information:

John Darling, 719-520-5991,
Doug Wert, PGA, 719-351-2738,