PGAs of EuropeNews – PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:40:07 +0000 en-gb hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 European Night at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show http://www.pgae.com/news/european-night-at-the-2018-pga-merchandise-show/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:50:04 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=21018 Together with the PGA of GB&I, the PGAs of Europe will be hosting a European Drinks Reception at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando...]]>

European Night at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

Thursday 25th January 2018
5:00 – 7:00pm, Room W105B, Orange County Convention Center

Together with the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, the PGAs of Europe will be hosting a European Drinks Reception at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando on the Thursday 25th of the show from 5:00 – 7:00pm in Room W105B of the Orange County Convention Center.

The evening is an opportunity for European attendees of the Trade Show to meet for an informal drinks and networking evening supported by PGA Golf Exhibitions.

Please feel free to download the invitation below and distribute to colleagues/contacts.

For more information on the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show visit www.pgashow.com

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European Night at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show
Samuel Ryder Acknowledged With PGAs of Europe Special Recognition Award http://www.pgae.com/news/samuel-ryder-acknowledged-with-pgas-of-europe-special-recognition-award/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:47:17 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20922 The driving force behind the Ryder Cup and donator of the event’s trophy, Samuel Ryder, has been posthumously given the 2017 Special Recognition Award...]]>

The driving force behind the Ryder Cup and donator of the event’s trophy, Samuel Ryder, has been posthumously given the 2017 PGAs of Europe Special Recognition Award at the Association’s Annual Congress Gala Awards supported by Rolex.

After having only taken up golf at the age of 49, Ryder [pictured above, centre], etched his name in the history books after donating the gold trophy to the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland when the first official match took place in 1927; the same trophy that is still used today.

Ryder’s foresight in helping to create the matches has resulted in an enduring legacy that has impacted on golf around the world and specifically on the PGAs of Europe as a partner in Ryder Cup Europe through the vehicle of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, which has enabled significant investment back into developing the game across the continent.

 

The award was accepted by Ryder’s Great-Grandsons, Samuel and Tom Ryder-Smith, at the 2017 Annual Congress Gala Awards ceremony at Costa Navarino in Greece:

“I think our Great-Grandfather would be massively impressed with what’s gone on with the tournament,” said Tom [pictured below, centre right]. “I think he would recognise it instantly, being such a strong advocate of the honour and respect that golf draws upon.”

“I think the ethos behind the event would be beyond his wildest dreams…our ancestry is not something we take lightly, we understand how big a thing that is, it’s a real honour,” added Samuel [pictured below, centre left].

Ryder was born in Preston, UK, and after originally training as a teacher at what is now Manchester University, he went on to work in his father’s gardening supplies business where he gained his first experience with nurseries, floristry and in the seed trade.

However, after friction in his family, Ryder moved down south to St Albans, just outside of London, where he joined a rival seed merchant. He also understood that distribution costs would be cheaper in the south, meaning he could reach middle- and lower-class gardeners.

His own ‘penny packet’ seed business became hugely successful and made him a wealthy man, but also a very respected man due to his philanthropic, generous and community-focused efforts.

His role in community of St Albans involved a religious commitment that included being a Deacon at his local church, a councillor for St Albans from 1903 to 1916, Justice of the Peace, a charity fund-raiser, and a spell as town Mayor in 1905.

His origins in the seed business also led to the creation of ‘Heath & Heather’ with his brother, James; an organisation aiming to promote herbs as medicine and the use of natural and organic practices that still exists today.

But it was later in life when Ryder became involved with golf – together with his brother, he began sponsoring golf tournaments and matches with many taking place at his home club, Verulam, and in 1925 he employed PGA Professional, Abe Mitchell, as his coach.

Mitchell’s fellow professionals and friends such as Walter Hagen, combined with Ryder’s appreciation of the golf profession, ultimately led to his involvement with the first formalised Ryder Cup match between the USA and Great Britain & Ireland in 1927.

Ryder was able to create a deed of trust with the British PGA on 25th July that set in motion the first matches that took place at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts. Unfortunately his health prevented him travelling to the matches that were won by the Americans, but when the 1929 match moved to Great Britain, he was present to see them claim the trophy back.

Perhaps Ryder’s most recognisable involvement with the event was the 17-inch high trophy commissioned for £250 and created by the famous Sheffield silversmith firm of Mappin & Webb. In tribute and as a show of great respect, the golfer atop the trophy was created in the image of Abe Mitchell, highlighting Ryder’s respect and affinity to the PGA and PGA Professionals.

Today, the Ryder Cup is deemed to be one of the world’s largest sporting events having expanded the team selection in the late 70s to bring Europe together like no other major sporting event. 24 of the world’s best male golfers now battle it out every two years in matches that have been hosted across the USA and in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Spain, and is set to venture to new countries in the future with France hosting the 2018 matches and Italy hosting the 2022 matches.

The legacy of these matches is shown in the huge investment back into golf that the event brings both through the charitable and social responsibility activities that take place around the hosting of the matches, together with the ongoing work of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust that seeks to support golf at grass roots level throughout Europe to get more people starting to playing and succeeding in golf.

For More Information On All of 2017’s Award Winners Visit http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress

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For more information on the 2017 Annual Award Winners visit Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

The Annual Congress Gala Awards are partnered by Rolex, Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

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Samuel Ryder Acknowledged With PGAs of Europe Special Recognition Award
Renowned Coach, Jamie Gough, Wins PGAs of Europe’s John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching http://www.pgae.com/news/renowned-coach-jamie-gough-wins-pgas-of-europes-john-jacobs-award-for-teaching-coaching/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:00:40 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20877 PGA of South Africa Professional, Jamie Gough, has received the 2017 John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching at the Annual Congress Gala Awards...]]>

PGA of South Africa Professional, Jamie Gough, has received the 2017 John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching at the PGAs of Europe’s Annual Congress Gala Awards supported by Rolex.

Gough was nominated by his PGA in recognition of his outstanding work across 34 years as a PGA Member and coach, particularly with top-level players on the European Tour; 17 of which are tournament winners.

 

“It’s a great honour to receive an award like this in the name of John Jacobs,” said Gough after receiving his award at the 2017 Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner at Costa Navarino in Greece.

“Any time you receive an award from your peers and an award for your teaching is brilliant. PGAs are great institutions – you can go anywhere in the world with your PGA credentials and everybody receives you with open arms, and I’m proud to be involved with it.”

The John Jacobs Award is the PGAs of Europe’s highest coaching accolade and is presented to a PGA Professional who has excelled as a golf coach at all levels of the game, be it with elite or beginner players alike across a number of years.

Previous winners of the award have included Shane Lowry’s coach, Neil Manchip, along with Michael Bannon, coach of Rory McIlroy and Salvador Luna, coach of Sergio Garcia, and coach to seven of the 2016 Ryder Cup Europe Team, Mike Walker.

Gough is known in South Africa for having owned and operated the country’s largest and most successful chain of golf schools. On an international level, he has coached some of the world’s best players, both amateurs and professionals – notably the 2006 South African Eisenhower Team on home turf in Cape Town.

Since then he has worked as a full-time instructor on the European Tour, nurturing and developing players with an average of 30 events across the season including all four Major Championships, World Golf Championships, and the Ryder Cup.

His current squad of players include fellow countrymen, Brandon Stone and Richard Sterne, England’s Andy Sullivan who he worked with closely at the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club, and China’s Number 1 player, Hao Tong Li, who finished third in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

His work with these top-level players has earned him numerous accolades, including Golf Digest’s No. 1 teacher in South Africa, along with a career client list that has included the likes of Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2018 Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain, Thomas Bjorn, Alex Noren, Jose Maria Olazabal, Anders Hanson, David Howell, Charl Schwartzel, Brett Rumford, Haydn Porteous, George Coetzee and many more.

Gough understands the extreme requirements of tournament golf and as such has developed a method that involves understanding the basics and controlling ball flight to create a swing that repeats under high pressure and can stand the test of the highest level of competition.

“I am very much a structure teacher who believes that the basics of golf are as relevant to a top professional as they are to a beginner,” adds Gough. “Instructors must never lose sight of the fact that a good grip, setup and posture are imperative for all levels of golfer.

John Jacobs was the first to be very observant of ball flight, and for modern day teachers, myself included, this is still so important. I am proud to be mentioned in the same breath as someone like him.”

For More Information On All of 2017’s Award Winners Visit http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress

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For more information on the 2017 Annual Award Winners visit Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

The Annual Congress Gala Awards are partnered by Rolex, Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

2017 Annual Congress - http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress

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Renowned Coach, Jamie Gough, Wins PGAs of Europe’s John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching
5-Star Evans Receives Prestigious PGA Professional Award http://www.pgae.com/news/5-star-evans-receives-prestigious-pga-professional-award/ Sun, 07 Jan 2018 17:22:14 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20819 Managing Director and Co-Owner of the Centurion Club, Scott Evans (PGA of GB&I), has been awarded the PGAs of Europe's 2017 5-Star Professional Award...]]>

Managing Director and Co-Owner of the Centurion Club, Scott Evans (PGA of GB&I), has been awarded the 2017 5-Star Professional Award by the PGAs of Europe, in recognition of his outstanding work in various areas of golf.

Evans’ vast experience of working in some of the world’s best golf facilities, including creating the hugely successful Centurion Club, make him a worthy winner of the award that acknowledges those who show the highest standards and achievements in the areas of expertise and activity they have been involved with.

 

“I am very honoured to receive this award – to be accepted and recognised by your peers and colleagues is everything you work towards,” said Evans in his acceptance speech video shown to guests of the 2017 Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex at Costa Navarino in Greece.

“Receiving the award means so much to my family and I – there’s a lot of people to thank from throughout my career, young and old, past and present, who have been a huge help and support – I really accept this on their behalf as much as my own. It’s a tough business we’re in and I just wanted to be tougher than the rest…it comes from Scottish grit, determination and doing the best job that I can.”

Described as a great example for those working in golf management and a consummate professional, Evans joins the outstanding roll of honour that reflects the extreme merits, diversity and international nature of PGAs of Europe 5-Star Professional Winners, which include Ryder Cup Captains and Open Champions since the award began in 1992.

Evans began his career training as a Civil Engineer and carried out his PGA training under the guidance of the much respected former PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Captain, Bill Watson, at Whitecraigs Golf Club until 1990.

He then moved on to work in the USA at the prestigious Tom Weiskopf-designed Troon Golf and Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, working alongside Weiskopf himself and also the creator of Troon Golf, Dana Garmany; a move that would prove to be the catalyst for his career in club management.

Evans worked in Arizona for two years, and by 1995 had also worked through the opening stages of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club with Peter Downie, and Loch Lomond Golf Club with Paul Dellanzo.

In 1996 and at the age of 28 he moved onto Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in the UK where he was responsible for taking the project from the latter stages of construction through to the finished product. It was here he spent 10 years working under Ray Wilson of Southern Golf fame and seeing first hand the construction of some of Europe’s finest golf courses.

Adding another big name club to his CV, Evans moved on to the London Club as General Manager in 2005 where he was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the club and creating an agreement with the European Tour that ultimately led to its hosting of two London Senior Masters, two European Opens and a World Matchplay Championship.

Moving back to Troon Golf in 2007, he then worked on many new European projects whilst becoming Managing Director of the La Quinta Resort in Marbella, overseeing its renovation whilst introducing the European Seniors Tour Benahavis Senior Masters.

In 2010, Evans continued his journey to where he is now with the development of the Centurion Club just outside London, where he recently received the award from PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell [pictured above, right] and PGAs of Europe Honorary President, George O’Grady CBE [pictured above, left].

Finding a piece of land just 30 minutes from central London was just the first step in a journey that, along with his Dutch business partners Bert Pronk and Andre Hendriks, has led to the creation of a club that is now famed for its forward-thinking approach, including an acclaimed golf course, a unique membership structure and, a modern club culture and facilities – such as a restaurant operated by the Michelin-starred chefs, the Galvin brothers – that are relaxing, comfortable and high quality in equal measure.

The club has also gained international recognition for becoming the venue of the innovative European Tour GolfSixes event that began earlier this year.  Centurion has been instrumental in the success of the revolutionary format of two-man teams from 16 different countries that brought over 9,000 spectators through the club’s gates, and also gave it huge exposure to millions of people around the world with its extensive TV coverage.

The development of the club is a great example of the dedication, drive and expertise that Evans has, having overcome many challenges, including the development of a successful and sustainable facility during one of the worst economic periods in our lifetime.

With this exceptional list of facilities and clubs that Evans has poured heart and soul into, he is more than worthy of being named a 5-Star Professional.

For More Information On All of 2017’s Award Winners Visit http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress

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For more information on the 2017 Annual Award Winners visit Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

The Annual Congress Gala Awards are partnered by Rolex, Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

2017 Annual Congress - http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress

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5-Star Evans Receives Prestigious PGA Professional Award
Liam Duggan Earns PGAs of Europe ‘President’s Award for Golf Development’ Honour http://www.pgae.com/news/liam-duggan-earns-pgas-of-europe-presidents-award-for-golf-development-honour/ Sat, 06 Jan 2018 14:53:39 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20806 PGA in Ireland Advanced Professional, Liam Duggan, has been posthumously awarded the President’s Award for Golf Development (Individual)...]]>

PGA in Ireland Advanced Professional, Liam Duggan, has been posthumously awarded the President’s Award for Golf Development (Individual) in recognition of his tireless efforts and huge successes in developing golf in schools and promoting inclusivity in Ireland.

Over a period of six years, Liam created an extensive system for golf coaching in schools across Ireland. This allowed thousands of children to access golf that otherwise would not be able to, engaging in a number of projects that created playing opportunities for people of all ages and physical and mental capabilities, all whilst providing employment for many PGA Professionals.

In early 2017, Liam was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition and after a short period of treatment, passed away suddenly at the University Hospital Kerry aged just 37, leaving behind his much loved wife and two children.

Nominated by the PGA in Ireland, Liam was naturally a worthy recipient of the President’s Award for Golf Development, as it aims to acknowledge the work of an individual or specific project that has excelled in developing golf.

Liam began his PGA career in 2003 and graduated with distinction having finished third, first and second out of all the trainees in the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland training programme. After a short time in the United States at Kiawah Island, the global economic climate led to interviewing for dozens of jobs and work outside of the golf industry. With few opportunities within golf arising, he felt it necessary to make his own.

In April 2011, after realising that there was not enough of a focus on juniors within golf in Ireland, Liam founded LDgolf, a freelance coaching service offering tuition in Limerick & Kerry, with a primary focus on junior coaching and development.

Seeing a clear gap in the market, he focused on delivering golf in schools creating fun and safe learning environments and positive experiences and ensuring he taught the fundamentals of golf, life skills and cognitive and affective intelligence.

This opened the floodgates and after only a few years, the programmes were becoming incorporated into the curriculum and there was enough demand that he was able to create a revenue stream and take on two further PGA Professionals.

By the end of 2015, the ‘Rising Star’ programme had 24 PGA Professionals delivering instruction in over 225 schools, to more than 3,000 children each week on average, with pathways established to 32 golf clubs and coaching venues in the country.

The programme showed success with various high performing juniors coming through the system, but also in engaging PGA Professionals that gained the skills necessary to keep employment in the golf industry at a time when many were not able to.

Liam was then able to take his incredible work much further with the development of the CommuniTEE programme that focuses on bringing golf to the 90% of the population that do not have access to the sport, such as school children, the over 60s, those with special needs, and also families, with structured pathways to golf clubs to provide long-term playing opportunities.

He was then a natural fit to work with other organisations such as The First Tee Ireland and their one day “Primary Days” programmes, and with UNESCO Chair at Tralee IT and the co-developed “Let’s Inclusivize Golf” programme focusing on creating opportunities for people with disabilities in golf.

This work also led to engaging with The Els Foundation and the delivery of “Els for Autism” programmes with the Foundation placing a plaque at their headquarters in Florida in tribute to Liam and his work.

Liam’s wife, Catherine [pictured above], was present at the 2017 Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner at Costa Navarino in Greece to collect the award in recognition of the legacy for golf in Ireland that he has left. PGAs of Europe Honorary President, George O’Grady CBE, presented Catherine with Liam’s award, receiving an emotional and a much-deserved reception from the attending guests.

For More Information On All of 2017’s Award Winners Visit http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress

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For more information on the 2017 Annual Award Winners visit Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

The Annual Congress Gala Awards are partnered by Rolex, Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

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Liam Duggan Earns PGAs of Europe ‘President’s Award for Golf Development’ Honour
‘Golf Éducatif’ Programme Recognised With European Golf Development Award http://www.pgae.com/news/golf-educatif-programme-recognised-with-european-golf-development-award/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:18:44 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20790 ‘Golf Éducatif’ has been awarded the 2017 President’s Award for Golf Development (Project) at the Association’s Gala Awards supported by Rolex...]]>

‘Golf Éducatif’ has been awarded the 2017 President’s Award for Golf Development (Project) by the PGAs of Europe at the Association’s Gala Awards supported by Rolex.

The President’s Award for Golf Development acknowledges the work of an individual or specific project that has excelled in developing golf. Since 2003, Golf Éducatif has worked to use golf as an educational tool that promotes the values associated with the game – respect, etiquette, humility, environmental awareness, concentration, and citizenship – to French schoolchildren and adults regardless of their socio-economic background, or physical and mental capabilities.

The Project develops environmental and social awareness and helps people to take responsibility by getting them involved in the construction, development and up-keep of their own golf courses, with well over 20 courses being created across France.

 

The Project is the brainchild of PGA of GB&I Professional, Bill Owens [pictured below, left], who has led it from its very beginning and received the award at the 2017 Annual Congress at Costa Navarino in Greece from PGAs of Europe Honorary President, George O’Grady CBE [pictured below, right].

“I can’t wait to take this into all the golf courses we have built and I know the pupils are going to be so proud,” said Owens after receiving a standing ovation during the awards ceremony. “This could really help us to build more Golf Éducatif courses all over France. A lot of people said we couldn’t do this but I love that kind of challenge – this is a real rocket that will let an awful lot of people know what we’re going to do with golf and what Golf Éducatif is.

“I see Golf Éducatif as an important educational solution because we’re in a serious situation worrying about the environment. The philosophy that the project works on is that there is 82% of the world’s population living in 18% of the territory…so we have to have an education for children that shows how they get in contact with the environment and we believe they can only do this through a game, and that game is golf. They need the tools to do this and Golf Éducatif can be that tool, and is what education will be about in the future…we have a model that can set an example for the world.”

Owens’ specific teaching method called “Le Geste Naturel”, combined with the use of 30% distance golf balls, enable participants to play in a wide variety of environments such as sports grounds, educational facilities, public parks, derelict and un-used land and the grounds of psychological and physiological health units.

Courses are built so they are adapted to the 30% ball and participants are then able to learn using an “educational golf” teaching formula taught to teachers and educators that creates a multi-disciplinary experience including artistic and creative studies, mathematics, physics, sport, history, and civil instruction.

The programme’s strong environmental focus creates awareness and individual responsibility for the ever-increasing urban population through the re-use of existing, inner-city land, and recycling of golf equipment and any items that are available to participants, such as old tyres to build greens, leftover paint, old building materials and even clothing.

The project has worked tirelessly to place golf in the heart of the education system in France with around 50 teachers or educators being taught every year, each of which is working with around 30 pupils.

Owens presented an overview of the project during the 2017 Annual Congress sessions to representatives of Member Country PGAs showing how the model could be rolled out internationally allowing other countries to also see substantial social, physical and psychological benefits.

For More Information On All of 2017’s Award Winners Visit http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress

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For more information on the 2017 Annual Award Winners visit Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

The Annual Congress Gala Awards are partnered by Rolex, Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

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‘Golf Éducatif’ Programme Recognised With European Golf Development Award
The PGAs of Europe and Ralph Lauren Announce New Partnership http://www.pgae.com/news/the-pgas-of-europe-and-ralph-lauren-announce-new-partnership/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20786 The PGAs of Europe and premium lifestyle brand, Ralph Lauren, have established an international Corporate Partnership agreement...]]>

The PGAs of Europe and premium lifestyle brand, Ralph Lauren, have established an international Corporate Partnership agreement, expanding collaborative opportunities both in Europe and further afield.

Focussing on the Polo Golf and RLX Golf brands, the partnership will see Ralph Lauren work closely with the Association in exposing the brands to the 35 Member PGAs and their 21,000 PGA Professionals, in fledgling markets and world-class destinations and resorts alike.

“Adding Ralph Lauren, one of the world’s leading on- and off-course lifestyle brands, to our Corporate Partner family is further indication of the growing stature of the PGAs of Europe,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“Our staff, Board, Education Committee, and Golf Development Team will all be able to proudly wear the Polo Golf and RLX apparel, and we will look to promote their brand and products across our network, and I am sure that PGA Professionals around the world will be delighted to explore possibilities to work with Ralph Lauren.”

The partnership will support Ralph Lauren’s continued development within golf, providing exposure to, access points into, and contacts with, leading golf facilities and resorts.

The Association will also work closely with Ralph Lauren to create bespoke offerings for PGAs’ staff, representatives and their Member Professionals, along with representatives within the Association including the PGAs of Europe Golf Development Team that have operated in over 50 countries around the world.

For more information visit www.RalphLauren.com

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The PGAs of Europe and Ralph Lauren Announce New Partnership
Five Countries Latest to Achieve European Education Level System Recognition http://www.pgae.com/news/five-countries-latest-to-achieve-european-education-level-system-recognition/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:40:37 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20737 The PGA of Austria, PGA of Canada, PGA of Czech Republic, PGA of Hungary, and PGA of Switzerland are the latest Countries to achieve EELS recognition...]]>

The PGA of Austria, PGA of Canada, PGA of Czech Republic, PGA of Hungary, and PGA of Switzerland are the latest PGAs of Europe Member Countries to achieve European Education Level System (EELS) recognition of their PGA education programmes.

After extensive periods of analysis and assessment, five further PGAs of Europe Member Country PGAs have had their Professional Education Programmes leveled within the system.

The PGA of Austria, PGA of Canada and PGA of Switzerland achieved the ‘PGA Professional Level’, the PGA of Hungary achieved the ‘PGA Coach Level’, and the PGA of Czech Republic achieved the ‘Initial Professional Education (IPE) Level’.

The system has been in place since 2013 and seeks to recognise Member Countries’ education programmes for their curriculums (breadth and depth), delivery (quality of education materials / workshops by Tutors or Trainers), the learning environment and methods of assessment (type and robustness).

Focusing on the three domains of teaching and coaching, the game and the industry, the system allows programmes to be mapped against 72 agreed Learning Outcomes (LOs). The number and areas in which these LOs are currently met determines what level of recognition their programme achieves, with the ‘PGA Professional Level’ meeting all 72 LOs, the ‘PGA Coach Level’ meeting 38 specific LOs, and the ‘IPE Level’ meeting all 13 IPE-specific LOs.

The system ensures that PGAs are recognised for what they can do, unlike the pre-existing binary system of recognition in which many PGAs were unable to achieve recognition regardless of the quality and relevancy to market of the education in their programme.

“These five countries have worked diligently on the detailed mapping and analysis of their programmes,” said Director of Education & Membership for the PGAs of Europe, Tony Bennett.

“As we discovered a number of years ago, a single European education programme was not feasible as the markets and requirements vary so widely across our Member PGAs. EELS now allows their programmes to be bespoke and unique to their requirements, whilst meeting the standards that we uphold for programmes across our membership.

“They also now have clear pathways to progress their programmes over time by increasing the number of LOs that the programmes meet. Through the Association’s guidance, Tutor Training and Mentoring programmes, and direct delivery of the IPE programme, we are able to foster this development across our entire membership.”

Representatives from the five PGAs were presented with certificates during the 2017 Annual Congress at Costa Navarino in Greece, after which they took part in a revealing panel discussion about the process involved, the concept of EELS in general, and what it meant to their respective PGAs to be recognised within the system.

“It could not have come at a better time really as we were undergoing a transition within our PGA so it was an opportunity to reflect on what we were doing, and whether our training model reflects what our members actually need and what the industry needs,” said PGA of Canada Managing Director of Education, Matt Allen, during the panel.

“We identified important areas of our programme that were missing and now I am happy to say that in the past 12-months we have become one of the leading organisations in Canada in certain aspects of this training with new procedures and support mechanisms in place.”

For more information visit http://eur.pe/EuropeanEducationLevelSystem

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Five Countries Latest to Achieve European Education Level System Recognition
Golf Escapes & PGAs of Europe Join Forces http://www.pgae.com/news/golf-escapes-pgas-of-europe-join-forces/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:21:32 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20645 Leading golf travel company, Golf Escapes, have joined together with the PGAs of Europe to become part of the Association’s Corporate Partner family...]]>

Leading golf travel company, Golf Escapes, have joined together with the PGAs of Europe to become part of the Association’s Corporate Partner family and to collaborate on the upcoming ‘PGAs of Europe Travel Club’.

Since 2002, Golf Escapes have sent over 70,000 golfers around the world on tailor-made trips and continue to add new destinations and venues to their portfolio all the time.

Golf Escapes will become ‘Official Travel Supplier to the PGAs of Europe’ providing expert guidance, information and travel services for PGAs and their Member Professionals operating golf travel holidays and coaching groups.

 

The relationship will see both organisations work closely on the ‘PGAs of Europe Travel Club’ – an exciting new initiative that will also engage other golf travel operators across the 35 Member Country PGAs and enable golf clubs, resorts, facilities and destinations to promote themselves through this network to their 21,000+ PGA Professionals and the golfers that they interact with on a daily basis.

“It’s fantastic for us to partner with the PGAs of Europe,” said Golf Escapes’ Managing Director, Jon Ruben [picture above, 2nd left]. “Accessing this network of PGAs and Professionals is a great platform for us to build on and to increase our year-on-year growth.

“We very much see Professionals as ambassadors for golf travel – once they’ve seen resorts and areas, then they are able to impart their knowledge on to their members and guests, and we can add value to that as we have been around for 15 years and we know people in all of these resorts.”

“We are really going to be hitting the ground running with the Golf Escapes team in developing the PGAs of Europe Travel Club, and the partnership in general,” added Ian Randell, PGAs of Europe Chief Executive.

“The expertise of Golf Escapes, combined with our network, will enable us to promote the benefits of golf travel for Professionals and their clients, whilst also allowing the promotion of the world’s best venues and destinations to the most discerning audience and leading influencers in the sport.”

Golf Escapes will also be working with the Association to produce educational content that provides useful, relevant and interesting information that informs PGA Professionals about the benefits of golf travel, group tuition breaks and how to create exceptional experiences for their clients.

For more information visit www.Golf-Escapes.com

Golf Escapes - Official Travel Supplier to the PGAs of Europe

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Golf Escapes & PGAs of Europe Join Forces
Annual Congress & ITC Set New International Standard at Costa Navarino http://www.pgae.com/news/annual-congress-itc-set-new-international-standard-at-costa-navarino/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:47 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20613 PGA Leaders and Professionals from 28 PGAs of Europe Member Countries joined together for the 2017 Annual Congress & ITC at Costa Navarino in Greece...]]>

PGA Leaders and Professionals from 28 Member Countries of the PGAs of Europe joined together last week for the 2017 Annual Congress & International Team Championship (ITC) at Costa Navarino in Greece, raising the bar once again for the Association’s flagship event.

The first staging of the events at Costa Navarino in the heart of Greece’s Messinia region proved to be hailed as the best yet by Annual Congress delegates and ITC competitors, with a varied and engaging programme of events, outstanding levels of hospitality, service and cuisine, and world class golf courses enjoyed in excellent weather.

Congress sessions included a wide range of speakers and subject matter, ensuring a strong mix of presentations, discussions and forums, breakout sessions and workshops within each day to keep delegates’ creative juices flowing.

Along with various updates around the PGAs of Europe’s own activities and progress, sessions looked to grow and develop delegate’s own personal and professional activities.

With sessions on golf, personal and member development, speakers focused on areas such as the relationships between national PGAs and Federations, initiatives to grow the game and provision of mentoring and consulting services through the PGAs of Europe Golf Development Team to assist national collaboration with international guidance.

The European Education Level System (EELS), volunteer coaching, women’s golf development with Alastair Spink (PGA of GB&I) of Love.Golf, and academic qualifications available to PGA Professionals added further breadth of subject matter for delegates.

A highlight from the sessions was Thomas International’s Mark Brooks delivering an extensive workshop that shone a light on to attendee’s own working and personal styles, characteristics and behaviours and how this can affect their work with the respective PGAs and organisations.

Mid-way through the week Costa Navarino’s own wellness team delivered a golf stretching session aimed at reinvigorating the delegates and teaching them simple, yet effective exercises that they can use not only for golf but in everyday work and life.

They each then had the opportunity to trial Interleague.golf on The Dunes Course short game area enabling them to trial a new initiative from the PGAs of Europe and GSA Golfsports in the beautiful surrounding environment, followed up by an overview of the successful Golf Foundation and European Tour-led Golf Sixes Academy.

Delegates were also able to sample The Bay Course at Costa Navarino designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the President’s Challenge Golf where each were assigned to either the President’s or Chairman’s team and played competitive, but friendly matchplay matches to provide networking opportunities and ensure a balanced time both in and out of the conference room.

The week also included a joint education event with ITC Competitors for the first time with Jamie Gough, PGA of South Africa Professional and coach to players such as Hao Tong Li and Andy Sullivan. The renowned tour coach took part in a Q&A session with PGAs of Europe Education Committee Chairman and friend to Gough, Jonathan Mannie, giving attendees the chance to engage in a thought-provoking and enlightening evening session.

 

Running simultaneously to the Annual Congress, the 2017 ITC was played out over The Dunes Course at Costa Navarino and saw eventual winners, the PGA in Ireland, race to victory by an incredible 16 shots over the PGA in Scotland and PGA in Holland Teams.

Teams representing PGAs with 100 members or fewer also competed within the ITC event for the International Team Shield, with home country, the PGA of Greece, coming out on top for their first Team Shield win and a notable sixth place finish overall.

The week culminated with the presenting of six Annual Awards at the Gala Dinner Supported by Rolex, which celebrated individuals and organisations deserving of recognition for their work in the sport.

The Congress & ITC events received fantastic support from across the Association’s Corporate Partner family and from further afield. Along with Costa Navarino’s incredible hosting of the week, BMW provided transfer services and test-drives of the latest electric models as Official Vehicle, whilst Aegean Airlines, in their capacity as Official Airline Partner to the events, provided preferential rates to all delegates and competitors, along with invaluable support before and during the week.

The Ryder Cup European Development Trust continued to support the Annual Congress, aiding the facilitation of the week and ensuring the Association’s Member Countries can share knowledge, resources, and experience within the network.

Supporting Partners, The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, and G’Vine gins, together with Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers, supported the Welcome Reception with a fantastic gin tasting evening, whilst Marendry apperitivo, provided the pre-Gala Dinner cocktail reception.

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The Annual Congress & ITC are partnered by Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For updates, information and news visit the Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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Annual Congress & ITC Set New International Standard at Costa Navarino
PGA in Ireland Land Third International Team Championship Title http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-in-ireland-land-third-international-team-championship-title/ Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:57:07 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20567 The PGA in Ireland cruised to a sensational victory at Costa Navarino in Greece taking the title by an incredible 16 shots...]]>

The PGA in Ireland cruised to a sensational victory at Costa Navarino in Greece after shooting the lowest International Team Championship (ITC) rounds of the week to take the title by an incredible 16 shots.

Building on their sizable overnight lead of six shots, the PGA in Ireland Team made up of Simon Thornton, David Higgins and Mark Staunton, quickly pulled further clear of the rest of the field.

 

Delgany Golf Club’s Staunton certainly saved the best till last with a sublime final round 64 (-7), which ensured that the PGA in Ireland would be taking the ITC home for the third time in the Championship’s history.

Simon Thornton provided the other score after signing for a final round 70 (-1), cementing their position at the top of the leaderboard at 19-under par.

Team Captain, David Higgins, said “We’re delighted – it’s fantastic to represent our own PGA and win this prestigious event – we are over the moon. There have been 5-600 guys back home rooting for us and we’ve done the job – we came all the way over here, played great and we’re going home with the trophy so it’s fantastic.”

“A place like this then you’d want to come back week after week,” Thornton added. “Especially in the middle of November, playing in the sun and the golf course being in the condition it is then why would you not want to come back.”

With the winners seemingly untouchable it was between the PGA of Holland, PGA in Scotland, PGA of Italy, PGA in Wales and the PGA of Greece to battle it out for the podium.

The PGA in Wales team moved into the top three midway through the final round however it was the PGA of Holland and PGA in Scotland who eventually shared the honours in tied second position.

The International Team Shield event once again gave those representing a PGA with 100 members or fewer the chance to compete alongside the larger PGAs in the ITC, whilst also enjoying their own competition and prize fund.

The PGA of Greece were able to come out on top having held the lead in the Shield event for the opening three rounds, closing with 72s (1 over par) from Chryssanthos Diakou and Themis Ginis.

 

The Greek team secured a record sixth place finish in the overall ITC event and their first win in the Shield event:

“I feel very proud to be part of this team – we have accomplished something that has never happened before in Greece,” said Team Captain, Christos Nikopoulos. “We have beaten many PGAs that have a lot of members, so we believe it is very important for the next generation too and we have set the level a bit higher.”

For Full Final Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017ITC

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The ITC is partnered by Costa NavarinoBMW and Aegean Airlines, and is supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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PGA in Ireland Land Third International Team Championship Title
Ireland In Cruise Control at Costa Navarino http://www.pgae.com/news/ireland-in-cruise-control-at-costa-navarino/ Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:16:06 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20556 The PGA in Ireland are in pole position heading into the final round at Costa Navarino after a four under par total for the day...]]>

The PGA in Ireland team put themselves in pole position heading into the final round at Costa Navarino after a four under par total for the day (138) moved them onto an overall total of 11-under. 

The Irish Team ended the day with a six shot cushion over their nearest challengers the PGA in Scotland, with Waterville Golf Links’ ever-consistent David Higgins shooting his third consecutive under par round.

In cooler conditions, scoring across the field was tough, however after an early bogey, Higgins rallied to fire three birdies in his inward nine holes to sign off for a 69 (-2). This was matched by compatriot Mark Staunton and put the PGA in Ireland in touching distance of another International Team Championship Title.

With Scotland signing for a level par 142 to remain in second place, the PGA of Holland Team closed the gap at third place to just one shot after signing for a third round 141 (-1). Aside from Ireland’s Higgins, Holland’s Ralph Miller is the only other player to shoot three rounds of par or better.

The PGA of Greece matched the excellent scoring of the ITC leaders to jump up the leaderboard and into T4th position, whilst furthering their lead in the International Team Shield to a 16-shot buffer.

With Themis Ginis and Chryssanthos Diakou – both of whom are based at Costa Navarino – their local knowledge and experience paid dividends as they climbed four places and into a share of tied fourth alongside the PGA in Wales.

Ginis carded a superb three under par 68, whist compatriot, Diakou, contributed with an exciting one under par 70. Diakou was five under par through nine holes, however a couple of bogeys and a double bogey saw him settle for a 70 (-1) and pushed the home nation into touching distance of securing their first international Team Shield title.

For Full Round 03 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017ITC

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The ITC is partnered by Costa NavarinoBMW and Aegean Airlines, and is supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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Ireland In Cruise Control at Costa Navarino
Ireland Make Their Move in Messinia http://www.pgae.com/news/ireland-make-their-move-in-messinia/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:12:06 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20546 Simon Thornton played a pivotal role in the PGA in Ireland taking over as halfway leaders in the 2017 International Team Championship...]]>

A tournament low round by PGA in Ireland’s Simon Thornton played a pivotal role in the PGA in Ireland making up ground and taking over as halfway leaders in the 2017 International Team Championship at Costa Navarino in Greece.

Thornton got his team off to a fast start – starting on the 10th hole of The Dunes Course, he produced a flawless three-under par outward nine, setting him up nicely for the inward nine. A further three birdies with just the one solitary blemish on the par-three fifth hole resulted in an excellent 66 (-5).

Contributing to the second round score for the PGA in Ireland was another member of the victorious PGA Cup team – David Higgins. With his second under par round of the tournament with a one-under 70, Higgins was able to move Ireland to the top of the leaderboard with a two-shot cushion over fellow home nation members, Scotland.

A reversal of fortune saw the PGA in Scotland trio drop back into the chasing pack after a combined score of 143 (+1) dropped them back onto a five-under par total of 279 at the halfway point.

The PGA of Italy team made the second biggest move of the day – an excellent inward six-under par 30 by Zeke Martinez contributed to a three-under total for the day and a move into T3 alongside the PGA of Holland; just four off the lead.

The PGA of Greece further cemented their claim in securing their first International Team Shield after a steady level par 71 from Chyssanthos Diakou combined with a 74 by Themis Ginis resulted in their lead being extended to eight shots over nearest challengers, Poland.

For Full Round 02 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017ITC

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The ITC is partnered by Costa NavarinoBMW and Aegean Airlines, and is supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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Ireland Make Their Move in Messinia
Scotland Control the Course at Costa Navarino http://www.pgae.com/news/scotland-control-the-course-at-costa-navarino/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:15:26 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20538 The PGA in Scotland have a 5-shot lead over the field after Round 01 of the 2017 International Team Championship...]]>

PGA in Scotland trio Chris Currie, Greig Hutcheon and Paul McKechnie combined perfectly to open up a commanding five shot lead over the rest of the field after Round 01 of the International Team Championship (ITC) at Costa Navarino in Greece, as they look to go one better then their runner-up position last year.

A strong Scottish team consisting of two members of the victorious 2017 PGA Cup Team linked up perfectly to sit in pole position heading into Round 02 of the Championship.

Matching 68’s by Greig Hutcheon and Paul McKechnie combined to give the leading score (-6, 136), however they were achieved in very different ways.

McKechnie’s four birdies were blotted by one solitary bogey on his way to a 68, however Hutcheon had more of an up-and-down round with his seven birdies being cancelled out by four bogeys.

Holding Tied Second position are the PGA of Ireland and the PGA of Holland whose teams signed for a 141 total (-1) just ahead of the Finnish, English and Italian teams who are tied fourth after opening level par (142) totals.

With the International Team Championship being played in Greece for the first time it is fitting that the host country have got off to a quick start in the International Team Shield.

The PGA of Greece team, consisting of Professionals Themis Ginis, Christos Nikopoulos and Costa Navarino’s very own Chrysanthos Diakou, matched the leading margin of Scotland easing to a five shot lead over the chasing nations with Slovenia currently in second place.

For Full Round 01 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017ITC

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The ITC is partnered by Costa NavarinoBMW and Aegean Airlines, and is supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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Scotland Control the Course at Costa Navarino
28 Nationalities Set to Join for 2017 Annual Congress & ITC http://www.pgae.com/news/28-nationalities-set-to-join-for-2017-annual-congress-itc/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:53:40 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20525 The 2017 Annual Congress & International Team Championship will bring 28 countries together in the beautiful surroundings of Costa Navarino in Greece...]]>

The 2017 Annual Congress & International Team Championship (ITC) begins this week in the beautiful surroundings of Costa Navarino in Greece, with 28 countries represented from across the Association’s Member PGAs.

The Annual Congress is the yearly opportunity for PGA representatives, as well as leaders from various golfing organisations from across the continent, to meet and discuss the state of play within their respective territories, as well as learn, share and discuss ideas with each other alongside fantastic speakers from not only the world of golf but wider industries as well.

Delegates will take part in a variety of sessions, across the week including focus areas such as golf development and various initiatives, female participation, local and international collaboration between golfing bodies, along with health and wellbeing and business and personal performance to continually improve the delegates and the PGAs they oversee.

ITC Competitors will join together with Delegates for a special Q&A session with PGA of South Africa Professional, Jamie Gough; the world-renowned coach to players such as Hao Tong LiAndy SullivanMiguel Angel JimenezThomas Bjorn, and Alex Noren.

Running at the same time as the Congress, the ITC pits PGA Professionals from 21 countries against each other on The Dunes Course at Costa Navarino.

The Professionals will compete over 72-holes in teams of three with the best two scores counting towards their total for the ITC honours.  The PGA of Germany will be looking to repeat their 2016 Championship win, but a wide variety of countries with strong teams will be vying for the top spot and Championship title.

Those Teams representing a PGA with 100 members or fewer will also be in the running for the International Team Shield that ensures the small and emerging Member PGAs of the Association can compete alongside the larger PGAs in the ITC, whilst also enjoying their own competition and prize fund.

The week culminates with the 2017 Annual Gala Awards Dinner Supported by Rolex that sees the presentation of various awards to outstanding individuals and organisations, throwing a spotlight on their efforts and work that have benefitted the sport.

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The Annual Congress & ITC are partnered by Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For updates, information and news visit the Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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28 Nationalities Set to Join for 2017 Annual Congress & ITC
International Support Secures Congress & ITC Success http://www.pgae.com/news/international-support-secures-congress-itc-success/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:42:35 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20509 The 2017 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress & International Team Championship (ITC) will receive record levels of support from across the Association’s Partners...]]>

The 2017 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) will be receiving record levels of support from across the Association’s Partners.

The flagship week will be hosted by IAGTO’s ‘European Golf Resort of the Year 2017’, Costa Navarino, in the Messinia region of Greece and will see representatives from across the PGAs of Europe Member Countries join together alongside ITC PGA Professional competitors.

The week’s continued success could not be achieved without the support of all of the Association’s Partners, and in particular, those that directly support the Annual Congress and ITC.

Much of the development of golf in Greece can be attributed to the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards ‘Best Regional Airline in Europe’, Aegean Airlines, who are the Official Airline Partner of the Annual Congress & ITC.

The Star Alliance Member airline have continued to promote the benefits of golf across the Aegean region for both tourism and the wellbeing of its people in general, creating the hugely popular Aegean Airlines Pro-Am, supporting the local PGA of Greece, and encouraging golf travel with free of charge carriage of golf bags and equipment.

“The time has come to host in Greece and in the splendid golf resort of Costa Navarino, the Annual Congress and the ITC of the PGAs of Europe,” said Chairman of Aegean Airlines, Mr. Theodore Vassilakis. “Since 2010, the role of Aegean Airlines has been to bring together our two strategic and significant partners in the golf market in the shape of Costa Navarino and the PGAs of Europe, and we are so proud that we have contributed with our means.”

Mobility throughout the week for delegates and competitors will be provided by Corporate Partner and Official Vehicle, BMW.

The German automobile manufacturer recently extended their Corporate Partnership with the PGAs of Europe that includes their supporting of the Congress and ITC week with transfer services to and from the venue and test drives in top of the range BMW models such as the innovative, all-electric BMW i3 and the future of the sports vehicle, the BMW i8.

The Ryder Cup European Development Trust have continued to support the Annual Congress since 2003, aiding the facilitation of the week and ensuring the Association’s Member Countries can share knowledge, resources, and experience within the network.

The week culminates with the Annual Gala Awards that see key individuals, organisations and PGA Professionals recognised for their achievements and efforts in golf, and will once again be supported by Swiss watch brand, Rolex.

The Awards will also be assisted by Supporting Partners, Marendry apperitivo, who will facilitate the pre-dinner cocktail reception, whilst The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, and G’Vine gins, together with Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers, will support the Welcome Reception that gets the week’s events underway in style.

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The Annual Congress & ITC are partnered by Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For updates, information and news visit the Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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International Support Secures Congress & ITC Success
Thomas Lyte & PGAs of Europe Establish Supplier Partnership http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-lyte-pgas-of-europe-establish-supplier-partnership/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:00:45 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20183 Thomas Lyte have agreed a suppler partnership with the PGAs of Europe to expand their support of golf, PGA Professionals & PGAs...]]>

Thomas Lyte have agreed a supplier partnership agreement with the PGAs of Europe to expand their support of golf, PGA Professionals and Professional Golfers Associations.

Thomas Lyte are world-renowned for their bespoke gold and silverware, leather accessories and corporate gifting, but in particular for having designed, crafted and restored many of the world’s most iconic trophies in sport.

The Association will work together with the team at Thomas Lyte to introduce their corporate gifting service, as well as their expertise in creating stunning trophies and awards, to the network of 35 Member Country PGAs and the 21,000 PGA Professionals within the PGAs of Europe.

The PGAs of Europe will continue to access Thomas Lyte products including the Association’s annual awards that are given to individuals and organisations at the Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner.

As Official Suppliers, Thomas Lyte will extend a discount off their products online to PGAs and their Member Professionals.

“We are delighted that Thomas Lyte have become an official supplier to the Association,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.  “We have enjoyed an unofficial relationship for a number of years but now the formalisation of the partnership means that we can work closely with each other for mutual benefit of both our businesses.”

Tim Munton, Commercial Director of Thomas Lyte, said “We greatly value the relationship we have had for many years with the PGAs of Europe and it is great to formalise it by becoming Official Suppliers. We very much look forward to working more closely with the PGAs and their members, providing them with a range of options for their trophies, awards and gifts.”

Royal Warrant holders as Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen, the expert trophy silversmiths are renowned for crafting many of the world’s most iconic sporting trophies, including; football’s Emirates FA Cup, the men’s and women’s Rugby Union Natwest 6 Nations trophies, and sailing’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff trophy.

Their golf credentials include making the European Senior Masters trophy recently won by Stephen Dodd, The Harry Vardon Trophy awarded to the leading European Tour golfer each year, and the European Tour Player’s Player Award.

For more information visit www.ThomasLyte.com

Thomas Lyte - PGAs of Europe Official Supplier

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Thomas Lyte & PGAs of Europe Establish Supplier Partnership
Annual Congress & International Team Championship Heading to Greece’s Costa Navarino http://www.pgae.com/news/annual-congress-international-team-championship-heading-to-greeces-costa-navarino/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:41 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20342 Costa Navarino in Greece will play host to the 2017 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) from 22-25 November...]]>

Costa Navarino in Greece will play host to the 2017 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) for the first time as the events take place from 22-25 November.

The hosting of the Association’s flagship event continues the successful relationship between the PGAs of Europe and the prime sustainable destination in the Mediterranean that currently includes sanctioning of their Messinia Pro-Am and regularly hosting the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am.

“We are extremely excited to be able to take two of our key events to Costa Navarino and bring them fully into our Corporate Partner family,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“We have been visiting them since their formation and it is a stunning venue with two first class golf courses. Costa Navarino has quickly become established as one of Europe’s, if not the world’s, leading golf destinations. We are proud to be showcasing this superb destination and its facilities to leaders of our National PGAs and the competitors who have qualified to represent their PGAs in the ITC.”

“We are honoured that Costa Navarino has been chosen to host the PGAs of Europe’s flagship event and we look forward to welcoming the Association in the region of Messinia,” said Stephanos Theodorides, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of TEMES S.A. – Developers of Costa Navarino.

“A combination of perfect weather year-round, two award-winning golf courses by the sea, high-quality facilities and authentic experiences, Costa Navarino, chosen by IAGTO as “European Golf Resort of the Year 2017”, is fast becoming a leading golf destination to enjoy in every season.”

The Annual Congress is the Association’s yearly opportunity to bring representatives from its 35 Member Country PGAs together under one roof, facilitating meetings, discussions and workshops to share ideas, progress and various ways they can advance their organisations and golf in their respective territories.

The ITC then runs alongside the Congress in which teams from across the Association’s Member Countries compete over 72 holes on The Dunes Course, designed by Bernhard Langer. The best two individual scores each day from the team of three will count towards the overall team score, and a secondary event sees small and emerging Member PGAs compete for the ITC Shield.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino will act as the base for both events, concluding with the Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex, bringing Congress delegates and ITC competitors together in celebration of the annual award winners and the ITC Champions.

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The Annual Congress & ITC are partnered by Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For updates, information and news visit the Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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Annual Congress & International Team Championship Heading to Greece’s Costa Navarino
Dominant Performance Earns Cort The Invitational Pro-Am Title http://www.pgae.com/news/dominant-performance-earns-cort-the-invitational-pro-am-title/ Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:00:28 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20418 The PGA of GB&I's Matthew Cort completed a leading performance at Quinta do Lago, with a -10 total to take The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 honours.]]>

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Matthew Cort completed a leading performance at Quinta do Lago in Portugal, with a -10 total to take The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 honours. 

Cort held the lead in all three rounds of the event and closed with another two-under par 70 on the South Course at Quinta do Lago finishing two shots ahead of second place at -10 (206).

 

“I am thrilled to win…we’ve played three great courses this week and we’ve been so well looked after,” said the member of the victorious PGA of GB&I PGA Cup team. “I’ve been busy playing throughout the summer and the PGA Cup was unbelievable…I was settling down for a bit of a winter break, but coming out here and keeping the game together was good, so I’m really pleased to win this week.”

Rising seven places up the leaderboard into second position was the PGA of France’s Julien Gressier after a four-under 68 consisting of seven birdies and three bogeys for his eight-under total (208).

Just one shot back was PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, John Henry, who closed his consistent week with a level par 72 and a total of seven-under (209) for sole third place.

The Team Pro-Am was won by the PGA of Italy’s Emanuele Canonica and his partner, Allegra Mangifesta. A closing 59 (-13), the low round of the day, gave Canonica and Mangifesta a significant boost to -35 (181), five shots ahead of second place.

Robbie Busher (PGA EuroPro Tour) and Dale Brennan had led overnight and were able to make a final 66 (-6). Whilst it wasn’t enough to catch the ultimate winners, they were able to finish on a hugely respectable -30 (186).

Third position went to the pairs of PGA of Spain Professional, Peter Gustafsson, and Gordana Solak, and former Walker Cup player, Owen Edwards, and Paul Faithfull both with 193 points (-23).

For Full Final Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Invitational

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Dominant Performance Earns Cort The Invitational Pro-Am Title
De Filippi & Cort Command Leaderboard at Quinta do Lago http://www.pgae.com/news/de-filippi-cort-command-leaderboard-at-quinta-do-lago/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:58:24 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20403 Italy's Giorgio De Filippi and GB&I's Matt Cort share the lead at The Invitational Pro-Am heading into the final round...]]>

Giorgio De Filippi, and PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Matt Cort, share the Round 02 lead at Eligo Club’s ‘The Invitational Pro-Am 2017’ at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

Whilst De Filippi’s second round might not have had the fireworks of his first 18 holes, it was another show of great play as the Italian picked up five birdies in his opening 12 holes. Two bogeys coming back home meant the round was not enough to claim the sole lead, but a three-under par 69 for a n eight under (136) total gives him every chance at victory in the final round.

Overnight leader, Cort, also carded two bogeys, however his fast start of three birdies in the first four holes, followed by another at the par-5 15th allowed him to return a two-under 70 and keep his share of the lead.

PGA of GB&I Professional, Garry Gilligan, 2014 Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain, Paul McGinley, and PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, John Henry, have a share of third place after their respective rounds of 67, 68 and 70 see them just one shot off the lead at seven-under par (137).

Round 01 Team leaders, Robbie Busher (PGA EuroPro Tour) and Dale Brennan, continued their top form with a betterball 59 (-13) for a total of -24 (120) and a two shot lead over the chasing field.

However the low Team Pro-Am round of the day came from the PGA of Italy’s Emanuele Canonica and his partner, Allegra Mangifesta, with a -15 57 that saw them climb six places to -22 (122).

Colm Moriarty (PGA of GB&I) and Daphne Fagan were also able to break the 60-barrier with a combined 59 for outright third place at -20 (124).

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De Filippi & Cort Command Leaderboard at Quinta do Lago
Cort Off to Strong Start at The Invitational Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/cort-off-to-strong-start-at-the-invitational-pro-am/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:19:55 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20372 England’s Matt Cort had the ideal start in Round 01 of The Invitational Pro-Am 2017...]]>

England’s Matt Cort (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) had the ideal start in Round 01 of The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 in Portugal with an opening six-under par 66.

Starting out on the North Course at the renowned Quinta do Lago resort in the Algarve, Cort made steady headway with three birdies out and three birdies in for the low round of the day.

PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, John Henry, and PGA of Italy Professional, Giorgio de Filippi, both sit just one shot back after both using eagles to their advantage for their five-under par 67s. Henry eagled the par 5 11th hole, whilst de Filippi also eagled the 11th along with the seventh as well.

Mark Mouland (European Seniors Tour) and Stephen McAllister (PGA of GB&I) sit in tie-fourth on four-under, whilst 2014 Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain, Paul McGinley, and England’s Sam Little share sixth place on three-under.

Robbie Busher (PGA EuroPro Tour) and amateur partner, Dale Brennan, have the team lead after an excellent 11-under par 61

John Henry’s solid play, combined with his partner, Robert Christie, earned a share of second in the team event with Challenge Tour Professional Ben Stow and his partner Michael Johnson, each on nine-under par (63).

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Cort Off to Strong Start at The Invitational Pro-Am
2018 World Club Pro-Am Invites Global Teams to South Africa http://www.pgae.com/news/2018-world-club-pro-am-invites-global-teams-to-south-africa/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:46:53 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20030 The PGAs of Europe-sanctioned 5th World Club Pro-Am, supported by the PGA of South Africa, will take place from the 24th Feb to 3rd Mar 2018 in South Africa...]]>

The PGAs of Europe-sanctioned 5th World Club Pro-Am, supported by the PGA of South Africa, will take place from the 24th February to 3rd March 2018, taking in some of the best courses South Africa has to offer.

Teams of one PGA Professional and three amateur golfers will battle it out over 90 holes of golf across four championship courses, with the top 60 Professionals playing for a prize fund of $120,000 or a minimum appearance fee of US$ 1,000, whilst amateurs will compete for $50,000 in amateur prizes, plus two luxury car Hole-in-One’s for both the first amateur and first Professional to hit the perfect shot on a designated hole.

Teams will play five rounds of competitive golf at Royal Durban Golf Club, Zimbali Country Club, Cotswold Downs Golf Estate and Umhlali Country Club.

 

On the fifth and final day, the Professionals will play round five of their championship individual event and their score will also be added to the first four days of the team event to calculate the final score. Amateurs can either partake in an individual Cup Championship on the last day or support their PGA Professional in the final round.

The 2017 Pro-Am was won by PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Garry Houston, who pulled six points clear of the field in his final round to win the fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa and sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe.

Pro-Am entry includes a full golfing package of seven nights accommodation sharing and five days of golf, along with:

  • 7 nights, 4 star accommodation
  • 90 holes of golf across 4 championship courses
  • Full personalised baggage master service for golf clubs
  • Official practice round
  • Golf carts or caddies
  • 5-Star Welcome Banquet
  • Daily transport and airport transfers
  • One Pro and one Amateur Hole-In-One prize
  • Closing gala prize-giving dinner
  • And much more…

For More Information & To Enter Visit http://eur.pe/2018WCPA

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2018 World Club Pro-Am Invites Global Teams to South Africa
Selection Criteria Set for 2018 Junior Ryder Cup European Team http://www.pgae.com/news/selection-criteria-set-for-2018-junior-ryder-cup-european-team/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:59:27 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20355 The selection criteria for Team Europe have been confirmed for the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, which will take place at Disneyland Paris®, on September 24-25...]]>

The selection criteria for Team Europe have been confirmed for the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, which will take place at Disneyland Paris®, on September 24-25.

The European Team will again comprise 12 amateur players – six boys and six girls – from any European Golf Association member country who are under the age of 18 as of January 1, 2018. In order to qualify, players cannot be members of a US college golf team as of the first day of the match.

The European Captain, Maïtena Alsuguren, has, with the assistance of the EGA and Ryder Cup Europe, identified the selection system based on an analysis of the important tournaments and championships in which the best European juniors will compete in during the lead-up to the Junior Ryder Cup team announcement on August 20, 2018.

The team will be selected by Alsuguren, who will be supported by a selection committee made up of representatives from Ryder Cup Europe and the EGA.

The Boys’ Amateur Champion and the Girls’ British Open Amateur Champion, if both eligible, will be automatically selected. The captain and the selection committee will take particular note of performances in the following events:

Boys:

  • The Amateur championship, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links, Scotland, 18 – 23 Jun
  • European Amateur Championship, Royal Hague Golf & Country Club, Netherlands, 27 – 30 Jun
  • European Boys’ Team Championship, Golf Resort Kaskada Brno, Czech Republic, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Amateur Team Championship, Faldo Course Berlin in A-ROSA Sharmützelsee, Germany, 10 – 14 Jul
  • The Boys’ Amateur (champion gains automatic selection), Royal Portrush and Portstewart, Wales, 14 – 19 Aug

Girls:

  • Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, Hillside, Southport, England, 26 – 30 Jun
  • European Girls’ Team Championship, Forsgårdens Golfklubb, Sweden, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championship, Golf Club Murhof, Austria, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Ladies’ Amateur Championship, Penati Golf Resort – Heritage Course, Slovakia, 25 – 28 Jul
  • Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship (champion gains automatic selection), Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland, 14 – 18 Aug

In addition, the captain and the selection committee will analyse the results of the best boys and girls ranked in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings (WWAGR).

Selectors will also look at strong performances in national open-level and WAGR/WWAGR Elite, A and B events.

Alsuguren said: “It’s a real honour to captain Europe once again at the Junior Ryder Cup. Now that the qualifying events have been finalised, I am starting to get excited about seeing the team take shape next year.

“The standard of both male and female junior golfers is very high in Europe, and although we may not have a strong recent record, I’m certain that the team we will take to Paris next September will be of the highest quality.”

America has won the last five editions of the Junior Ryder Cup, with Europe’s last victory coming in Ohio, in 2004. The 2006 contest was tied.

The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be the tenth staging of the event, which has seen some of the world’s greatest players pass through its ranks. Reigning Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match, and, four years later, was a member of Europe’s Ryder Cup Team in Brookline.

Two-time Major winner, Suzann Pettersen, took part in both the 1997 and 1999 editions of the Junior Ryder Cup, while four-time Major champion, Rory McIlroy, formed part of the victorious European side of 2004.

Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Lexi Thompson are some of the global stars who have represented the US team.

Next year’s contest will be held at Disneyland Paris® for the first time and entry will be free for all attending.

For more information on the Junior Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Selection Criteria Set for 2018 Junior Ryder Cup European Team
U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coaches Seminar: 09 November – Hamburg, Germany http://www.pgae.com/news/u-s-kids-golf-certified-coaches-seminar-09-november-hamburg-germany/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:01:49 +0000 U.S. Kids Golf http://www.pgae.com/?p=20330 Register now for the latest U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coaches Seminar on 09 November in Hamburg, Germany...]]>

Registration Opens – Sep 19, 2017

Registration Closes – Nov 09, 2017

Price – $119.00

Participating in a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach Seminar enhances the coach’s knowledge of all aspects of youth golf that can be utilized to enhance his/her current program or provide the basis for establishing new offerings. Areas of focus during the seminar include:

Perfect Swings Begin with the Perfect Fit:

The importance of properly-fitted clubs to maximize success for both young golfers and their coaches. Proprietary research on swing speed development for junior golfers.

Scaling the Game:

Research regarding proper length of course setup for players based on their driver carry distance will be provided so that coaches will become experts in golf course setup and yardages. Tailoring the course for young golfers will result in lower scores, encouraging more rounds and increasing retention.

Enhancing Current Junior Programs:

Tools, resources, best practices and bringing “fun” to their junior programs through a games-based curriculum. The seminars will feature an outdoor session that will demonstrate game-based learning with games from the U.S. Kids Golf Book of Games.

Other topics presented in more detail include:

  • Analysis of golf participation and programs vs. other youth sports.
  • “Scaling” of the following elements for youth: Equipment, The Golf Course, Competition and Instruction.
  • Parental involvement and introduction to the “Positive Coaching Alliance”.
  • High-quality instruction focusing on fun and achievement while teaching fundamentals.
  • Introduction to golf-specific games to serve as a key component in instruction.

Completing the Certified Coach process

Certified Coach Frequently Asked Questions

LOCATION – Gut Kaden Golf and Land Club GmbH, Kadener Straße 9 , D-25486 Alveslohe

DATE AND TIME – Thursday, 9 November | 8:15-16:30

HOTEL INFORMATION –  A limited number of rooms are available at Gut Kaden.  Reservations can be made at Gut Kaden.

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U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coaches Seminar: 09 November – Hamburg, Germany
Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk Host First Joint Press Conference http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-and-jim-furyk-host-first-joint-press-conference/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:01:23 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20089 Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today held their first joint press conference as respective European and US Ryder Cup captains for The 2018 Ryder Cup...]]>

European and US captains look ahead to the 2018 contest at Le Golf National

Press conference concluded the 2018 Year to Go celebrations

Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today held their first joint press conference as respective European and US Ryder Cup captains for The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

 

Earlier in the day, the pair recreated history by hitting golf balls off the famous Eiffel Tower, 41 years after the legendary Arnold Palmer became the first – and only previous person – to do so.

The two captains used their press conference – which took place in the shadow of the famous landmark at the Pullman Eiffel Tower – to reflect on that stunt, meeting the French President Emmanuel Macron and all of the other activities which have formed the Year to Go celebrations.

They also looked forward to next year’s Ryder Cup, which will be held in France for the first time, at Le Golf National from September 28-30, 2018.

Bjørn said: “The last two days have been everything that France is. They have shown everything that it can do, and ever since I was appointed, there have been a lot of conversations about how we can deliver the best Ryder Cup ever.

“We’re off to some start, that’s for sure. It’s been amazing. European history is very special. It’s very special to each country in Europe, and when you come to this country, there might not be a country in the world that has a greater history and has more pride in its own history, and we have certainly lived that the last few days.

“France has shown me that it’s ready to take on one of the great sporting events in the world.

“We went to school yesterday and we saw kids on the golf course, and you realise that this country is now taking in so much to deliver a Ryder Cup that all of the golfing world can be proud of.

“This is one of the first times we come to one of the big cities in the world to play The Ryder Cup, and when this match unfolds over those three days at the end of September next year, you’re going to have Paris as a backdrop, and it’s going to be delivered in a completely new way. It’s going to be an event that I don’t think we’ve seen in the game of golf before.”

Furyk said: “I’m absolutely blown away by the last two days to be honest with you. My gratitude, really goes to Ryder Cup Europe and to the country of France for their hospitality and for putting on an amazing number of events.

“Last night we had dinner at the Palace of Versailles, which was an unbelievable, unbelievable night. This morning, breakfast at the residence of the President.

“Today, we got to emulate the same shot that one of my idols, Arnold Palmer, who hit off the Eiffel Tower about 40 years ago. I can’t imagine packing that all into two days. It’s been a phenomenal two days.

“This could really be the grandest setting ever in Ryder Cup history. So to be a part of it, I feel very fortunate.”

Le Golf National, France, will host The 2018 Ryder Cup from September 28-30, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year. Bjørn’s team will be looking to extend an impressive winning record on home soil which stretches back to Valderrama in 1997.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk Host First Joint Press Conference
Thomas Bjørn & Jim Furyk Take Part in Captains’ Challenge at Le Golf National http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-jim-furyk-take-part-in-captains-challenge-at-le-golf-national/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:04:32 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20095 Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today went head-to-head at Le Golf National as the European and United States captains led two teams of junior golfers in a Captains’]]>

European and US Ryder Cup captains led teams of junior golfers in friendly contest

Pair then hosted a clinic for more than 750 children

Activities were part of the 2018 Year to Go celebrations

Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today went head-to-head at The 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National as the European and United States captains led two teams of junior golfers in a special Captains’ Challenge.

The pair were joined by eight members of the French Golf Federation’s Elite Junior Squad – four boys and four girls – for the fun contest over L’Albatros course, which next year will host The Ryder Cup for the first time, becoming only the second venue in continental Europe to do so.

The Captains’ Challenge was compered by Paul Armitage, Le Golf National’s General Manager, with European Captain Bjørn and United States Captain Furyk steering their respective teams of two mixed foursomes pairings through the five-hole challenge, which was played over the first hole and Le Golf National’s famous finishing stretch, the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes.

Fittingly, the match was halved, with the challenge providing all eight juniors with an experience to remember on the course which will be the backdrop for 24 of the world’s leading players in 12 months’ time.

Team Bjørn, represented by Mathilde Claisse and Dimitri Mary, Lilas Pinthier and Thomas Boulange, and Team Furyk, comprising Candice Mahe and Pierre Pineau, Evangeline Prevot and Clement Charmasson, were then presented with flags signed by both captains as a memento from the day.

The Captains’ Challenge was watched by more than 750 local schoolchildren who were then able to hear Bjørn and Furyk pass on their expertise when the two captains hosted a clinic on the practice range. This group included pupils from the nearby Ecole Robert Desnos, in Guyancourt, who cycled to Le Golf National after earlier in the day receiving a visit from the two captains, who spent time in their classroom learning about the children’s work as part of the Mon Carnet de Golf educational programme.

Bjørn said: “Today brought you back to your own childhood, to see all these kids excited about golf. It was a good reminder of where you came from. It’s been a brilliant day in the sense of seeing the excitement about the Ryder Cup in France.

“We’re in a country where golf is not the biggest sport and The Ryder Cup doesn’t have a history, so to bring it here and see the schools getting involved, and to watch these fantastic young players in the Challenge gives you a few goose bumps. You can feel from them that they are so excited about The Ryder Cup.

“I had some good chats on the golf course with Jim and also with the kids, trying to talk to them about playing the game. They are extremely talented players and it looks like they have a great future ahead of them in the game. One comment to a kid like that can make them because we’ve all had it at some stage in our careers, that one guy who says something that stays with you for the rest of your life. Hopefully we passed on one or two things today that will stick with them and make them into great players.”

Furyk said: “We had a great visit this morning to a local school, and it was then great to see some of France’s elite junior players play a foursomes match. It was nice to see the golf course a bit and enjoy our day with the kids.

“The Captains’ Challenge had some amazing golf. The kids were nervous to start with but they played phenomenal. I enjoyed not only how well they played but how well they interacted. They helped each other reading putts, and played with genuine smiles on their faces.

“I think it was a great experience for them and I can’t imagine putting myself in their shoes, at the age of 16, 18. Trying to go back and hit those shots, I would have been a nervous wreck.

“The clinic was great too. We had a lot of fun interacting with the kids. You want kids them to think of this game as enjoyable, to relate and associate golf as fun. It was good to hear them out there cheering, yelling, and having a great time. It’s exactly what we’re looking for.”

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup is defined by respect and togetherness, and events like the Captains’ Challenge are the embodiment of this. The Captains’ Challenge and Captains’ Clinic demonstrate that golf is accessible to both boys and girls and hopefully all of the juniors involved will be inspired by their unique experience at Le Golf National.

“Thomas and Jim are wonderful ambassadors for our game and for The Ryder Cup, and this undoubtedly came across in both activities, giving the participants a day they will never forget.”

Pascal Grizot, Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018, said: “This day will leave an unforgettable memory for the numerous children from schools in Saint Quentin en Yvelines and beyond. The Elite teams will also take away great moments from this day with the captains at Le Golf National.

“This is the beauty of major sporting events and the beauty of meeting legends. The French Golf Federation could not dream of a better start to the Year to Go and these two days will really help promote the Ryder Cup to the French public.”

Le Golf National, France, will host The 2018 Ryder Cup from September 28-30, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year. Bjørn’s team will be looking to extend an impressive winning record on home soil which stretches back to Valderrama in 1997.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Thomas Bjørn & Jim Furyk Take Part in Captains’ Challenge at Le Golf National
Ryder Cup Captains Help Inspire French Schoolchildren http://www.pgae.com/news/ryder-cup-captains-help-inspire-french-schoolchildren/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:09:01 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20061 Pupils from a school close to The 2018 Ryder Cup host venue Le Golf National today had a special visit from captains Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk...]]>

Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk visited a local school in Guyancourt

Youngsters are studying a Ryder Cup educational programme, Mon Carnet de Golf

Visit was part of the 2018 Year to Go celebrations

Pupils from a school close to The 2018 Ryder Cup host venue Le Golf National today had a special visit from captains Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk, with the nine and ten year olds showcasing their work as part of an educational programme which is inspired by the biennial contest between Europe and the United States.

Bjørn and Furyk are in France for The 2018 Ryder Cup Year to Go celebrations, and their first official engagement was to meet the children from class CM2 at Ecole Robert Desnos, in Guyancourt, who have been studying the Mon Carnet de Golf curriculum.

The educational programme aims to introduce golf and The Ryder Cup to French schoolchildren, integrating the biennial contest into a wide range of subjects.

European Captain Bjørn and United States Captain Furyk were greeted at the gates of the school by class teacher Florence Coquart, Marie-Christine Letarnec, the Mayor of Guyancourt and Serge Clément, the local area educational representative.

The captains, along with officials from Ryder Cup Europe, the PGA of America and the French Golf Federation, then visited the youngsters in their classroom, the party greeted by waving flags in support of both continents.

They spent some time in the classroom, taking the chance to view some of the work produced by the youngsters as part of the Mon Carnet de Golf programme before participating in a Q&A session with the pupils.

To mark their visit, the two captains were presented with good luck giftboxes and, in return, Bjørn and Furyk presented the school with a special Ryder Cup book signed by them both.

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup educational programme is a fantastic initiative which helps leave a lasting legacy in the host country. It was a huge success in Scotland in 2014 and it is great to see the youngsters in Frances really engaging with it.

“Mon Carnet de Golf helps introduce a new generation to the game of golf through wider learning, and hopefully Thomas and Jim’s visit will help inspire these pupils even further.”

Pascal Grizot, Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018, said: “I am very happy that both Ryder Cup captains have decided to visit one of the many classrooms in France involved in the Mon Carnet de Golf programme. The captains’ visit is an important statement of support to this national educational programme, which is driven by school teachers.

“Mon Carnet de Golf shows children can learn golf in a fun way. Introducing golf to children is a great way to overcome the negative images golf sometimes has and allows them to discover the great benefits of the game. I hope the French pubic will also be able to see golf in this way.”

Le Golf National, France, will host The 2018 Ryder Cup from September 28-30, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year. Bjørn’s team will be looking to extend an impressive winning record on home soil which stretches back to Valderrama in 1997.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Ryder Cup Captains Help Inspire French Schoolchildren
Working Together – PGA of Norway & Norwegian Golf Federation http://www.pgae.com/news/working-together-pga-of-norway-norwegian-golf-federation/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:45:53 +0000 PGA of Norway http://www.pgae.com/?p=20047 The PGA of Norway & Norwegian Golf Federation will launch a tutor/mentor program for members of the PGA of Norway...]]>

The PGA of Norway (PGAN) & Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) will, in close cooperation with the PGAs of Europe, launch a tutor/mentor program for members of the PGA of Norway.

The program will start in January 2018 (January 20-27) and will prepare Norwegian professionals to add even greater value to the clubs where they work by becoming better skilled to mentor the local coaching team, as well as some going on to become tutors in the new PGA education on a national basis.

Background and Objectives

The PGAN and NGF have over the last 6-7 years completely restructured their Pro/Coach education system from the grass roots to top level.

The new educational system unites a working collaboration between the PGAN, NGF, Hedmark University College, Norwegian Olympic Committee and the PGAs of Europe.

The system has been through a recognition process in all organisations involved and has been given high score. It is now, in order to reach the learning outcomes, essential that all kinds of education are delivered with the same quality as planned.

The national tutor team needs to expand to be able to deliver education according to the growing needs from the organisation, and good mentors locally, and tutors nationally, will be the difference between success or failure. Good coach teams where PGA Professionals and volunteer coaches works hand-in-hand is the vision of PGAN and NGF. This means that PGA Professionals will have solid tutor and mentor competences as well as working conditions to function as a coach of the coaches.

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“We are really pleased to announce that this mentor program is being delivered together with The PGAs of Europe. It will add even more quality to the program and we will by this involvement of the PGAE do as we preach ourselves in order to living the philosophy of continuous improvement”, said Anders Thelberg, Head of Training for the PGA of Norway [pictured, right].

“The PGAs of Europe’s Tony Bennett [pictured, left] will be the “mentors mentor” during the program. We know we already have high quality in our national tutor/mentor team but we are always eager to reach a higher levels. Meeting Tony made us sure that we have found the right man to coach us to our next level. The involvement of the PGAs of Europe will also strengthen our educational system since it will help get our Norwegian model even more in line with European standards.”

PGAs of Europe Cooperation

PGAs of Europe Director of Education & Membership, Tony Bennett, added: “Since the very inception of the PGAs of Europe, more than a quarter of a century ago, we have promoted the benefits of collaboration between all of golf’s stakeholders. It is crucial to the development of the game that each organisation plays its part to ensure that golf can reach all parts of the community, and make the game accessible for participants and competitors alike.

“We are impressed with the working relationship that the PGA of Norway and NGF have created, and know that there have been huge strides made over the last few years particularly. We are sure that by collaborating with PGAN and NGF that we can help golf in Norway to make the next step along its evolution. We at the PGAs of Europe look forward to working with Anders Thelberg and all those involved in education and training from both the PGAN and NGF.”

Plan and Further Process

The tutor/mentor program is now being launched, with a start date of 20-27th of January for 2 years. The PGAN and NGF encourage golf clubs to ensure their PGA Professional attends the program. Specifically those clubs that have invested in volunteer coaches.

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For more information, please contact Anders Thelberg by e-mail anders.thelberg@golfforbundet.no or cell phone 913 25 135.

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Working Together – PGA of Norway & Norwegian Golf Federation
Thomas Bjørn names the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-names-the-european-tour-foundation-as-the-official-charity-of-the-2018-ryder-cup/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:01:14 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20058 European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn today announced that the European Tour Foundation will be the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup...]]>

European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn today announced that the European Tour Foundation will be the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup.

The European Tour Foundation was launched in May this year, replacing the existing Tour Players Foundation, and will bring together, under one umbrella, the many philanthropic and charitable elements the Tour engages in.

Its mission statement sees it seek to make a positive impact in the communities in which the European Tour hosts tournaments. It also issues grants to grassroots golf initiatives and supports European Tour players’ charitable initiatives on a global scale.

The Foundation will benefit from a number of fundraising activities over the next 12 months leading up to the biennial contest at Le Golf National in France from September 28-30, 2018, where Europe will try to regain The Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year.

Bjørn said: “I am delighted, in my position as Ryder Cup Captain, to nominate the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity for The 2018 Ryder Cup.

“There is no question that the honour of being appointed Captain is the greatest gift that the European Tour can bestow on any of its members and, therefore, being able to repay the Tour’s charitable arm in this way and utilise the global impact of The Ryder Cup is very important.

“Having spent ten years as Chairman of the European Tour’s Tournament Committee, I know about the charitable efforts of many of our players in addition to what the Tour does collectively in the countries we visit.

“The newly constituted European Tour Foundation will help pull all these charitable initiatives together and its work will help The 2018 Ryder Cup leave a real legacy both in the host country France and around the world.”

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup has benefited many good causes over the years and the appointment of the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity for 2018 ensures we can help many more.

“Thomas has always been a huge supporter of the European Tour and our charitable work, and this announcement merely helps underline that.”

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Thomas Bjørn names the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup
New PGA of Canada CEO Named to Lead Association to a New Era of Success http://www.pgae.com/news/new-pga-of-canada-ceo-named-to-lead-association-to-a-new-era-of-success/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:16:18 +0000 PGA of Canada http://www.pgae.com/?p=20039 Following an extensive search of accomplished business and marketing leaders, the PGA of Canada has elected Kevin Thistle to lead the Association...]]>

Following an extensive search of accomplished business and marketing leaders, the PGA of Canada has selected one of its own to lead the association to a new level of sustainable growth and success, its President announced Tuesday.

“Considering the large number of highly accomplished business leaders who entered this competition, I am excited to announce that our Board of Directors has selected Kevin Thistle to lead the PGA of Canada into an exciting new era of success,” Steve Wood, President of the Board of Directors of the PGA of Canada announced Tuesday.

Mr. Thistle, former President of Golf Operations for the Windmill Group in Calgary, has held leadership positions at some of Canada’s most recognized golf clubs including Angus Glen.

“I want to emphasize that while he was, until Wednesday of last week, an active member of our Board of Directors, he was chosen because of his track record in business, his demonstrated leadership skills, his proven marketing acumen and his ideas about sustaining growth and profitability in our business through innovation,“ Mr. Wood said.

“Kevin is extremely well-known and respected in our business across Canada, not only because of his extensive professional accomplishments but because of his ethics, his energy, his ideas and his ability to work with others to achieve common goals. The number of high calibre leaders who expressed interest in this challenge should have made a difficult choice. In the end, Kevin’s knowledge of our industry and experience as a marketing innovator made him a clear and unanimous choice of our Board,” Mr. Wood said.

“Thanks to the work of Gary Bernard, our former Chief Executive Officer, we are in a strong position, with the means to identify and pursue exciting new directions. The transition process towards those new directions will require vision, leadership and strong people skills.  We are confident Kevin has those skills. “

“To me, this is a dream come true,” Mr. Thistle said. “I have been part of the PGA of Canada throughout my career. I have been active in both Ontario and Alberta zones of the PGA of Canada and I have close friends across the country.  Our members value the PGA of Canada and the brand credibility it offers. I think they realize change is inevitable. I look forward to working closely with our Board and our members across Canada to help our association and its members enjoy a robust and exciting future.”

Founded in 1911 the Professional Golfers Association of Canada is the oldest professional golf association in North America and the second oldest PGA in the world. The PGA of Canada is a non-profit association comprising 3,700 golf professionals across the country and has evolved to become one of the most innovative and respected in the world.

Biography – Kevin Thistle, CEO PGA of Canada

Mr. Thistle, an accomplished PGA of Canada member since 1984, is a recognized leader in the Canadian golf industry who combines a demonstrated track record in golf management with superior business management and marketing skills.

While he was equipped with a Bachelor’s Degree (Commerce and Economics) from the University of Toronto, it was his passion for golf developed as a youngster at Pickering’s Seaton Golf course that established his career path. His PGA of Canada Executive Professional Qualification took him to Angus Glen where he started the new facility and grew the staff from two to more than 400 while overseeing development of a 15,000 square foot clubhouse and later, a 50,000 square foot addition. In 15 years there he progressed from Head Professional and Director of Golf to President and General Manager, all the while maintaining his PGA of Canada Executive Professional designation as an active part of his duties.

In addition to hosting the RBC Canadian Open twice, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and the Telus Skins game, Kevin continued to grow revenue at Angus Glen while adding another 18 holes to the course to make it a 36-hole facility.

From there he was lured to the exclusive Coppinwood Golf course, a Tom Fazio design consistently ranked among the best courses in Canada. In four years there, he and his team increased membership from 137 to over 400. During his time at the club he doubled revenues through innovations in all areas of the club.

Then Toronto Hunt Club called upon Kevin’s magic touch. In his first year he grew both membership and revenues with his proven tactics. He implemented new programs to an already robust food and beverage operation and instituted critical changes to grow pro shop revenues, but his plans for Toronto Hunt were interrupted by a phone call from Calgary.

As a result, Kevin said goodbye to the hands-on golf business to take on marketing and management challenges for the Windmill Group, owners, operators or managers of eight golf clubs including Calgary’s new Mickelson National. As President of Golf Operations and Vice-President of Business Development, he and his team grew revenues and increased membership from 108 to 500 in a four-month period at the Windmill Group’s private facilities.

Throughout his life, Kevin has shared his professional skills with the community. From coaching baseball and hockey in Markham to working with numerous charitable organizations including the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, the Sunnybrook Hospital’s One Night Live event, Toronto Raptors Foundation, Ronald McDonald House charities and many others, he is a committed believer in giving back to the communities in which he lives. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his community service.

His volunteer work extends to the sport that gives him a living. In addition to years of service on the PGA of Canada Board and zones, Kevin has been a Board member of the Golf Management Institute of Canada and Humber College Golf Management Advisory Board. He has also been a guest lecturer for the National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of Canada Zones and numerous Professional Golf Management Programs across the country.

Kevin is married to his wife Heather and together they have two sons, Calvin and Christian.

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New PGA of Canada CEO Named to Lead Association to a New Era of Success