|Chris Childers, PGA - Director, Junior Golf|
Chris was born in October of 1968 in Tulsa, Okla., and moved to Shawnee and later Edmond when he was a youngster. His dad got him started in golf in Shawnee at age 8 by enticing him to come ride on his one-man yellow golf cart and buying him some cool purple golf shoes. When he moved to Edmond, he was guided in his junior golf career by the up-and-coming legendary golf coach, Mike McGraw, who now coaches the menís team at Oklahoma State University. Mike McGraw has continued to provide valuable advice and guidance to Chris some 30 years later as a coach and junior golf/life mentor.
Chris was an all-conference, all regional and all-state golfer in Edmond, while working at Oak Tree Golf Club, the home course at the time of eight PGA Tour Professionals. After finishing high school in 1987, he played college golf and earned a Marketing/ PGA Golf Management degree at New Mexico State University in 1992. Upon graduation he went to work as a PGA assistant professional at The Northwood Club in Dallas, Texas and then on to Northern Texas PGA Section office where he ran the largest competitive PGA section junior golf competition program in the country.
Chris moved to The PGA of Americaís national office in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. in 1996 to start the PGA Junior Series. Within a short time he added responsibilities with the Junior PGA Championship and Junior Ryder Cup as well. To date, he has operated events in 42 states and the United Kingdom, experiencing a variety of golf course, weather and time zone conditions around the country and overseas at public, private, resort, daily fee and university facilities. Chris takes great pride in providing cost effective national exposure to boys and girls ages 13-18 with the various levels of PGA junior competition programming.
|Mike Schanne, Jr. - Championship Manager|
Mike was born in Barrington, Ill. Mikeís family moved back to the Philadelphia area and settled in Newtown Square, Pa., where Mike attended St. John Neumann Grade School and then Archbishop John Carroll High School. While at Archbishop Carroll, Mikeís Golf Team won two Catholic League Golf Championships.
Mike attended the University of Rhode Island where he was a four-year letterman for the Rams golf team and graduated with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
While at URI, Mike completed a P.J. Boatwright internship with the Golf Association of Philadelphia and in 2000 was hired as a full-time staff member. In 2001, he changed associations, working for the Pennsylvania Golf Association until joining the PGA of America staff in 2007.