PGAs of EuropePartner News – PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:33:03 +0000 en-gb hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 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
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.

Click Here to Find Out More About the Seminar – http://eur.pe/2idJSKu

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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
Fourball Championship & Costa Daurada International Pro-Am Form Golf Festival http://www.pgae.com/news/fourball-championship-costa-daurada-international-pro-am-form-golf-festival/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:48:10 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19957 Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club will play host to the 2018 Costa Daurada International Pro-Am and the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship in February...]]>

Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club will play host to the 2018 Costa Daurada International Pro-Am and the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship in February next year, creating the Costa Daurada Golf Festival.

From 08 to 11 February, the renowned Spanish club will host the Costa Daurada International Pro-Am with teams of one Professional and three amateurs competing over three rounds, together with a guaranteed prize fund of €20,000 for Professionals.

Directly after, from 12 to 15 February, the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship Presented by Costa Daurada will see up to 120 pairs of PGA Professionals battle it out across the club’s Hills and Lakes courses in what has become one of the largest Professional tournaments in the world.

Professionals are invited to enter both events* that have joined forces for the second year in a row as the Costa Daurada Golf Festival, celebrating the ongoing successful partnership that Lumine, the PGAs of Europe and the local tourism agencies of the Costa Daurada have forged.

“Having these events together for a second consecutive year really adds strength to them both and proved to be a popular way of showcasing what Lumine has to offer,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“Hosting one of our Championships alongside a Sanctioned Event offers something for every type of player to head to Lumine and enjoy competitive golf and their fantastic facilities. We are looking forward to heading back there in February for another exciting few weeks!”

General Manager of Lumine, Calle Carlsson, commented: “We are delighted to have partnered once again with the PGAs of Europe for what promises to be two exciting events to help kick-start 2018 at Lumine. These tournaments are always fiercely competitive and of a high standard by the very nature of the professionals we have playing here. The Festival provides a great way for us to showcase both our superb golf courses and strengthen Lumine’s reputation as a host of top-level tournament golf.”

The PGA of Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli won the 2017 edition of the International Pro-Am after taming the windy conditions at Lumine to complete a wire-to-wire finish; his first PGAs of Europe Sanctioned Event win.

Gagli had used his momentum gathered from the 2017 Fourball Championship where he had finished tied-third with Emanuele Canonica, not far behind eventual winners from the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, Paul Hendriksen and James Ruth, who closed with an outstanding seven-under round of 64 to take home the €6,150 first prize.

For More information Visit http://eur.pe/2018CostaDaurada
For More information Visit http://eur.pe/2018Fourball

For more information about the PGAs of Europe, visit www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (http://www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), Salou (www.visitsalou.eu), and Tryp Port Cambrils (http://eur.pe/2hAHhxs).

*Please note the Fourball Championship and Costa Daurada International Pro-Am are separate events – entry to one does not constitute entry to the other.

 

2018 Costa Daurada Golf Festival - Find out more at http://eur.pe/2018CostaDaurada and http://eur.pe/2018Fourball

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GolfBox & PGAs of Europe Join Forces With Tournament and ProPlanner Software http://www.pgae.com/news/golfbox-pgas-of-europe-join-forces-with-tournament-and-proplanner-software/ Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:06:49 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19768 GolfBox and the PGAs of Europe have signed an agreement to work together promoting and utilising the latest GolfBox ProPlanner and tournament software packages]]>

Leading golf software providers, GolfBox, and the PGAs of Europe have signed an agreement to work together promoting the GolfBox ProPlanner and utilising the tournament software package that has been so successful around the world.

The agreement will see the Association promote the latest addition to GolfBox’s software suite, ProPlanner, a complete business suite designed specifically for PGA Professionals that gives a complete overview of their administration.

The proven GolfBox Tournament software will also be promoted and used at all of the Association’s Championships and Sanctioned Events making use of the infrastructure and live scoring that serves over 20 major partners in golf, including their native PGA of Denmark, nearby neighbours the PGA of Sweden, and also with the PGA of Germany and their Pro Golf Tour events.

Christian Færgemann, CEO of GolfBox, said, “For several reasons, we are very proud of our new partnership with the PGAs of Europe. First of all, we at GolfBox are pleased to be working with the PGAs of Europe, from managing all PGA of Europe’s tournaments, to offering ProPlanner for its members. On a strategic level we hope this agreement will open up for more work with those national associations.

“Specifically for ProPlanner, we see this approval by the PGAs of Europe as a great opportunity to get closer to all club professionals in Europe, we will be delighted to help their businesses grow by providing this proven software. Our trademark has always been, high-level service and reliable solutions, and still is.”

Chief Executive of the PGAs of Europe, Ian Randell, added: “This partnership with GolfBox comes after an in-depth review of our tournament requirements and clearly the proven package that GolfBox has developed meets all of our needs and then some.

“The ProPlanner software is something that has the potential to make PGA Professionals’ lives easier and their work more efficient by bringing together a range of services in one easy to use suite. We are looking forward to working with the GolfBox team to enhance our tournament operations, promote their products, and ensure a mutually beneficial partnership.”

GolfBox’s ProPlanner software offers a complete flexible overview of lesson booking and diary management, online payments and financial reporting, database management and more in a responsive online environment that integrates with existing websites.

Since 2004 the GolfBox Tournament software has provided administrative management for over 400,000 tournaments around the world, allowing administrators online payments and entries, administrative and reporting capabilities, live mobile scoring and website and TV integrations.

For more information on GolfBox visit www.GolfBox.net

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GolfBox & PGAs of Europe Join Forces With Tournament and ProPlanner Software
BMW & PGAs of Europe Continue Advancement in Europe http://www.pgae.com/news/bmw-pgas-of-europe-continue-advancement-in-europe/ Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:02 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19395 BMW and the PGAs of Europe continue the successful relationship that has had a positive impact throughout the Association’s 35 Member Countries...]]>

German automobile manufacturer, BMW, and the PGAs of Europe have extended their Corporate Partnership, continuing the successful relationship that has had a positive impact throughout the Association’s 35 Member Countries.

The partnership has proven to be ground-breaking for the Association, generating direct business for BMW within their VIP Sales Programme, predominantly through the development of an exclusive PGA Professional Member offer and hub page for PGA Professionals to access.

The partnership is another way in which BMW support golf, complementing the partnership with Ryder Cup Europe, title sponsoring Professional tournaments, the BMW Golf Cup International, amongst other activities that show how golfers are very much a key demographic for them.

BMW continue to have excellent relationships with Member Country PGAs such as the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, PGA of Germany and PGA of Switzerland, and have since developed new national partnerships in Holland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland.

These national relationships allow BMW to touch golf on not only a pan-European scale but also locally in various countries, further benefitting the PGAs and ultimately their individual Professionals.

The PGA Professional offer is open to any PGA Professional member of a PGAs of Europe Member Country and entitles them to access to the BMW International VIP Sales Programme, giving benefits such as individual assistance from a personal VIP contact, preferential terms and conditions, invitations to exclusive events, and delivery at any BMW or MINI dealer within Europe or at BMW Welt in Munich.

“In the past few years our relationship with the PGAs of Europe has continued to develop and we have enjoyed working closely with the Association and its Member Country PGAs,” said Christian Masanz, Head of BMW Golfsport Marketing. “The partnership helps to strengthen our global engagement in golf and in particular with PGAs and their PGA Professional Members.”

“Historically most of our partnerships have been about brand association and communication,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell. “These things continue to exist but we are acutely aware of the need for our corporate partnerships to be exactly that – a partnership that directly benefits each other’s businesses.

“We were delighted to be able to attract BMW to join our Corporate Partner family and it has been a pleasure to see that not only have both sides gained great value from the relationship but also many of our Member Country PGAs have benefited directly too.”

For more information visit http://eur.pe/PGA-BMW-Offer

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BMW & PGAs of Europe Continue Advancement in Europe
Leadbetter’s Grip Fundamentals With Golf Pride http://www.pgae.com/ask/leadbetters-grip-fundamentals/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:25:15 +0000 Golf Pride http://www.pgae.com/?p=19134 Golf Pride Ambassador and one of the game’s most successful and respected coaches, David Leadbetter, offers his thoughts on the importance of the grip...]]>

David Leadbetter, one of the game’s most successful and respected coaches, offers his thoughts on the importance of the grip and how to get it right…

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I think I can sum it up in a sentence when I quote Ben Hogan and say, “good golf begins with a good grip.”

You can take that two ways and look at the actual grip, such as those made by Golf Pride, and the way that you position your hands on the club. These are clearly intertwined and, if you look at how the actual grips on golf clubs have evolved over the years, it shows how the hold plays such an important role.

The Top Hand

I would say that 80% of amateur golfers grip their top hands on the club incorrectly, and this is the biggest fault in golf. You can really only tell the quality of a grip when you open it up and a lot of the time you will see golfers grip the club too much in the palm. This makes it very difficult to set the club and the only way to do that is with the elbow. This increases the tension in your hands, and your body doesn’t get involved in the swing.

If you set the grip further in the lower part of the hand towards the fingers, you can set and hinge the wrist. A simple tip for amateurs is to hold the club up in the air at 45 degrees before placing your hands in the grip position. You will have seen a number of pros do this over the years, as it ensures the hands are in the right position.

You can then connect the hands together, however you feel comfortable, safe in the knowledge you are set correctly.

Grip Size

A lot of players underestimate the importance that the thickness of a grip plays. All hands are different sizes and the thickness of the grip is vital because it determines the amount of pressure you apply to the club. If the grip is too think or too thin, a player is going to generally grip the club in the palm of the hand, which is one of the most common faults I see.

This is because the player is trying to hold on to the club in an attempt to hand onto it, something that is clear when you see wear marks on the heel of a golf glove.

You hear about a strong grip all the time, but this is often misinterpreted. It in face means that a player sets their hands round in an anti-clockwise position.

You might think a grip is just a grip, but there is a big different between the types on offer and the golfers they suit. For example if you play golf in Dubai and it is 120 degrees and your sweating profusely, you will need something that is completely different compared to what someone is playing with where it is always cold, and more of a tacky feel is needed.

Grip Pressure

If you ask most of the pros they would say that their grip pressure, our of 10, would be between a three and a five. If amateur golfers were honest, many would say they are around a nine and you can see the veins popping in people’s arms as they stand over the ball.

If you go back to the great Henry Cotton, the hands play a huge role in the swing. Although I believe that power comes from the body, this power ultimately comes down through the arms and hands, and then through the club. The hands also control the clubface, so if you aren’t gripping it correctly and your grips are the wrong size, you’re going to have a problem squaring the face up and releasing the clubhead.

Personal Feel

My great friend Nick Price has the same size hands as me, but has very skinny cord grips that feel awful to me; he couldn’t hit my clubs and I couldn’t hit his.

The reason he has those skinny grips is that over the years we have worked hard to set the club and because he has very solid wrists, they do not cock or set very easily. Having a thinner grip allows him to set the club easier. Players who are very wristy through the ball can control that hand action with thicker grips.

This is where a good teacher or fitter will help to advise on the type of grip they need. Feel is such a key thing to top players, and it can make such a difference.

I have worked with LPGA player, Lydia Ko, who previously played with a normal grip, which is stretched half an inch to make it thinner. She then made an equipment change and could tell immediately that the grips on the clubs hadn’t been stretched.

There is no answer for everybody, but once you have found your grip thickness it will help your game.

The grip is a very underestimated part of the club. Some manufactures will put cheap grips on great golf clubs and they will wear out quickly and compromise the quality and performance. Changing your grips at least once a year is vital. My first rule of thumb, a little tongue in cheek, is that if you can see your reflection in your grips it is definitely time for a change.

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To find out more about setting up your own regripping service with Golf Pride visit www.golfpride.com/about/wholesale-distributors and find your nearest distributor.

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Sweden’s Gustafsson Crowned 12th Aegean Champion http://www.pgae.com/news/swedens-gustafsson-crowned-12th-aegean-champion/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:15:12 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18989 Sweden's Peter Gustafsson opened his Aegean Airlines Pro-Am account with a stunning playoff victory at Costa Navarino in Greece...]]>

Peter Gustafsson (PGA of Spain) opened his Aegean Airlines Pro-Am account with a stunning playoff victory at Costa Navarino in Greece to take the winner’s cheque of €7,000.

After three rounds of regulation play, Gustafsson’s closing three-over 74 held him on six-under par (207) for the tournament.

 

His playing partner in the final group, the PGA of Austria’s Georg Schultes [pictured below], worked hard for a closing one-over 72 on The Dunes Course, and, after holing a clutch 20-foot putt on the 17th hole to save par, joined Gustafsson on six-under to force a sudden death playoff.

The pair halved the first three playoff attempts on the 18th of The Dunes, but the fourth proved to be the decider as Schultes made a par five but Gustafsson made a birdie having knocked his approach shot to just two feet.

“I feel great – although it took a little bit longer than I had expected [with the playoff]!” said Gustafsson. “I missed a lot of putts today but did have a couple of good opportunities. But Georg holed a few good ones out there so it was just basically get out there, back yourself and get the job done.

“Aegean really put on an amazing event together with everybody involved – the conditions and courses have been great, you cannot forget the staff who have been great and everything is immaculate.”

The two-round, 60-team, Pro-Am event was won by the PGA of GB&I’s Stuart Boyle from Wentworth Golf Club and his amateurs Haris Papadopoulos, Georgios Kyvernitis and Dimitris Carokis. Their 183-point total (-39) allowed them to complete a Costa Navarino-double having also won the 2017 Messinia Pro-Am early in the year.

“We are delighted,” said Boyle. “We came second last year so we came back this year wanting to go one better and thankfully we pulled together as a team and delivered.”

 

“The courses are great, the people are friendly, the hotel and facilities are fantastic – we always speak very highly of the event and it gives us the opportunity to feel like we’re pros,” added Papadopoulos.

Just three points behind was the PGA of Italy’s Gregory Molteni and amateurs, Massimiliano Merlo, Paolo Lange and Roberto Montalbano, ending on 180 points (-36) for second place.

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

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AegeanProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am and Aegean Airlines by visiting www.aegeanproam.com.

[Images courtesy of Dimitris Andritsos Photography – dimitrisandritsos.gr]
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Gustafsson Makes Aegean Move http://www.pgae.com/news/gustafsson-makes-aegean-move/ Sat, 10 Jun 2017 01:01:15 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18979 Sweden's Peter Gustafsson made an early move in Round 02 of the 12th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am to get to -9 for the tournament heading into the final round...]]>

Peter Gustafsson (PGA of Sweden) made an early move in Round 02 of the 12th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am, with a six-under par 65 at The Bay Course at Costa Navarino in Greece.

Starting at just inside the top-ten, Gustafsson took advantage of the still conditions that an early time afforded him, with two birdies out and four in for his total that sees him hold a two-shot lead on nine-under par (133).

 

“The Dunes Course is challenging, the better player is going to win,” said Gustafsson. “If I play good I might have chance, I just need to stay focused on it.”

Second place went to the PGA of Austria’s Georg Schultes who battled through much windier conditions later on The Bay Course for a three-under par 68 and a seven-under 135 total.

The PGA of Italy’s Paolo Terreni sits a further two shots behind on five-under par (137), followed by the PGA of Austria’s Mike Burrows and the PGA of Germany’s David Heinzinger in tied-fourth at four-under (138).

Team Pro-Am results will be released shortly after the culmination of Round 03.

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

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AegeanProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am and Aegean Airlines by visiting www.aegeanproam.com.

[Images courtesy of Dimitris Andritsos Photography – dimitrisandritsos.gr]
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Gustafsson Makes Aegean Move
Gaggero Sets Sights on 4th Aegean Title http://www.pgae.com/news/gaggero-sets-sights-on-4th-aegean-title/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:06:01 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18974 Italy's Nicolo Gaggero has made a strong opening statement with a -5 66 in Round 01 of the 2017 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am at Costa Navarino in Greece...]]>

The PGA of Italy’s Nicolo Gaggero has made a strong opening statement after round 01 of the 2017 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am at Costa Navarino in Greece, with an opening five-under par 66.

The field of 60 Teams are negotiating their way across The Dunes and The Bay Courses, and it was the latter where Gaggero made his move with six birdies and a single bogey to hold an early one-shot lead.

 

Second place is widely spread with seven Professionals sharing a four-under par (67) total: Martin Dewhurst (PGA of GB&I), David Heinzinger (PGA of Germany), Steven Sharp (PGA of GB&I), Georg Schultes (PGA of Austria), Mike Burrows (PGA of Austria), Paolo Terrini (PGA of Italy), and Henrik Engdahl (PGA of Greece).

The first half of the two-round Team Pro-Am is led by Gaggero’s Team of Emanuel Georgoudis, Pino Peirano and Orlando Grondona; Rudy Whitfield (PGA of South Africa) and amateurs Andre Hugo, Harry Chrisofi, and James Johnston; as well as Gregory Molteni (PGA of Italy) and his amateur teammates Massimiliano Merlo, Paolo Lange and Roberto Montalbano, each on 93 points (-21).

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

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AegeanProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am and Aegean Airlines by visiting www.aegeanproam.com.

[Images courtesy of Dimitris Andritsos Photography – dimitrisandritsos.gr]
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Gaggero Sets Sights on 4th Aegean Title
PGAs of Europe Partner Family Join for 2017 Business Club http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-partner-family-join-for-2017-business-club/ Sun, 28 May 2017 19:37:43 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18865 The 2017 edition of the PGAs of Europe Business Club brought together representatives from across the Association’s Corporate Partner family...]]>

Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey, UK, was the venue for the 2017 edition of the PGAs of Europe Business Club, bringing together representatives from across the Association’s Corporate Partner family.

The Business Club is an opportunity to bring together the varied Partners that support the PGAs of Europe in its work, giving them a chance to network amongst each other, discuss ideas and share commercial and collaborative opportunities.

 

Being able to bring Partners together in this unique group allows the Association to gain feedback about the commercial opportunities a partnership with the PGAs of Europe gives, whilst also discussing topics such as potential golf development initiatives, how to leverage the variety of data gathered by the Association in an intelligent and targeted way, along with cross-partner collaboration opportunities.

“It’s been nice to meet everybody face-to-face to talk on an informal basis and learn what the other organisations look for and where we can potentially work together,” said CEO of ORGAHEAD Consulting Trading GmbH, distributors for U.S. Kids Golf.

“The Partners represent various areas of the industry so it’s great to hear different ideas and initiatives and what everybody’s doing,” explained Dan Killen, International Business Development Manager, SNAG Golf / GSA Golfsports GmbH.

“It’s been great to catch up with some old faces and some new ones – as the PGAs of Europe bring more Partners on, there are more and more opportunities for us as well,” added Managing Director of Golfbidder, Liam Robb.

“This is the third continuous year that we’ve operated the Business Club with our Partners and the feedback about the event has been excellent,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell. “We are very lucky to have such a fantastic group of Partners that support us so much in our work to advance golf, golfers and the golf profession.

“Bringing the Partners together in one room makes such a difference in terms of the feedback we can gather, and also the flow of ideas and discussions make it hugely valuable for both us as an Association, but also for the Partners themselves. A relaxed and informal atmosphere, dinner with new friends and old, and some golf at the fantastic Foxhills Club in there as well made for a wonderful couple of days.”

Find Out More About the PGAs of Europe’s Partners at www.pgae.com/partners

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PGAs of Europe Partner Family Join for 2017 Business Club
Super Swede Noren Seals Spectacular Win http://www.pgae.com/news/super-swede-noren-seals-spectacular-win/ Sun, 28 May 2017 19:34:19 +0000 European Tour http://www.pgae.com/?p=18886 Sweden’s Alex Noren fired a simply stunning final round of 62 to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots...]]>

Sweden’s Alex Noren fired a simply stunning final round of 62 to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots as he ensured the European Tour’s new Rolex Series got off to a spectacular start.

Noren eagled the final hole after a sublime 225 yards five iron approach shot to five feet to seal a quite brilliant display over Wentworth Club’s revamped West Course, taking full advantage of the immaculate new greens.

The 34 year old, who also posted eight birdies in his ten under par round, had started seven shots behind third round leader Andrew Dodt and matched the biggest comeback in the history of the BMW PGA Championship, previously achieved by Simon Khan in 2010 and Rory McIlroy in 2014.

Noren also produced a grandstand finish in his last European Tour triumph, carding a closing 63 to come from six shots back to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge last November. That was his fourth title of the 2016 season – and he made it five European Tour wins in just 17 appearances, three of which have come on UK soil after victories in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and British Masters supported by Sky Sports.

After posting the clubhouse target of 11 under par, Noren had to wait a further two hours as 11 more groups finished, but the other contenders gradually fell away, with Italian Francesco Molinari, playing in the penultimate group, birdieing the final two holes in a round of 68 to claim second place on nine under par.

Noren is the first Swede to win the BMW PGA Championship and his compatriot Henrik Stenson, the Open Champion, closed with a 68 to finish on eight under par in a share third place with Japan’s Hideto Tanihara (67) and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, who eagled the 12th and the 18th holes en route to a round of 65.

A crowd of 109,684 – the second highest in the history of the BMW PGA Championship – watched the four tournament days and Celebrity Pro Am, as the European Tour launched the Rolex Series in style, with a further seven events to follow in 2017.

Find Out More About the BMW PGA Championship @ EuropeanTour.com

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Super Swede Noren Seals Spectacular Win
Dodt hits the spot at Wentworth http://www.pgae.com/news/dodt-hits-the-spot-at-wentworth/ Sat, 27 May 2017 18:13:32 +0000 European Tour http://www.pgae.com/?p=18882 Australia’s Andrew Dodt will look to resist a world-class chasing pack in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club...]]>

Australia’s Andrew Dodt will look to resist a world-class chasing pack which includes Open Champion Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Branden Grace and Francesco Molinari in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.

Dodt fired a sparkling 68 in testing conditions over the West Course to charge up the third round leaderboard and end the day on eight under par and in possession of a one stroke lead over Grace; with Westwood and Molinari tied for third place on five under.

Stenson sits alongside Irishman Shane Lowry and the Japanese Hideto Tanihara on four under, while the English quartet Ross Fisher, Tyrrell Hatton, Andrew Johnston and Graeme Storm joined Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Welshman Bradley Dredge, German Maximilian Kieffer and Scotsman Scott Jamieson five shots off the lead.

The elite field gathered for the first ever Rolex Series event had been treated to glorious sunshine and calm winds over days one and two, and while the sun continued to shine on the revamped West Course, increased gusts made it a different proposition.

Dodt has two European Tour wins to his name – both coming in Asia – and enjoyed an excellent start to the season with back-to-back top threes before the turn of the year.

Victory on Sunday would represent the biggest win of his career and he will have to be at his very best to hold off the challenge of a hungry chasing pack

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Dodt hits the spot at Wentworth
Pieters Powers to the Front http://www.pgae.com/news/pieters-powers-to-the-front/ Fri, 26 May 2017 21:55:17 +0000 European Tour http://www.pgae.com/?p=18862 Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters fired a second round 69 to share the halfway lead with Scott Jamieson and Francesco Molinari in the BMW PGA Championship...]]>

Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters fired a second round 69 to share the halfway lead with Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Italian Francesco Molinari in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.

Belgian Pieters had finished his opening round with a bogey after finding water and he dropped another shot on the third hole of his second round, but then gained that back on the next hole before powering his way to the top of the leaderboard with further birdies on the ninth, 12th and 17th holes.

“Today was much less stressful than yesterday,” said Pieters. “I hit a lot more greens today. I didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but that’s always going to happen. So I’m quite happy about today.”

Pieters, who finished as Europe’s top points scorer on his debut at last year’s Ryder Cup, was joined at the summit by Jamieson, who recovered from dropping three shots in his opening three holes to post seven birdies in his round of 70. Former Ryder Cup player Molinari, who has four top ten finishes at Wentworth, then made it a three-way share on seven under par when he birdied the two closing par fives for a round of 70.

“I didn’t play amazingly well but I made some good up-and-downs to keep the round going,” said Molinari. “And then obviously I finished very well on 17 and 18.

“I’ve been in position before here but hopefully the ending will be different.”

The trio are one shot clear of Germany’s Max Kieffer who climbed the leaderboard after picking up five shots in four holes from the 11th in his round of 68.

The chasing pack is an impressive one, with Open Champion Henrik Stenson (71) Ryder Cup legend Lee Westwood (69), 2015 BMW PGA Champion Byeong Hun An (69) and seven-time European Tour winner Branden Grace (71) sharing fifth place on five under par, just two shots back.

A crowd of 24, 716 people – the second largest Friday crowd in the event’s history – watched the second round of action at the prestigious Surrey venue.

Find Out More About the BMW PGA Championship @ EuropeanTour.com

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Pieters Powers to the Front
Carlsson Sets the Pace at Wentworth http://www.pgae.com/news/carlsson-sets-the-pace-at-wentworth/ Thu, 25 May 2017 09:01:22 +0000 European Tour http://www.pgae.com/?p=18849 Sweden’s Johan Carlsson set the pace on the opening day of the BMW PGA Championship, with an impressive six under par round of 66...]]>

Sweden’s Johan Carlsson set the pace on the opening day of the BMW PGA Championship, taking advantage of the immaculate new greens at Wentworth Club with eight birdies in an impressive six under par round of 66.

Carlsson made a blistering start to the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, reaching the turn in just 30 shots courtesy of five birdies on the front nine, and he picked up three more shots on way in, although his back nine was bookended by bogeys on the tenth and 18th holes.

“It was fun today,” he said. “It’s a big event this year, and you kind of feel it with the atmosphere. Everything is big around this tournament, and obviously you want to do good.

“The greens are so good. I love this golf course right now.  I think it has become so much better, and I think a lot of other players probably agree with me, as well, on that point.

Carlsson holds a one shot advantage over Italian Francesco Molinari, Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, while Carlsson’s compatriot Henrik Stenson, the Open Champion, is one of nine players a further shot back on four under par after a bogey-free 68, with all four of his birdies arriving on the back nine.

England’s Ross Fisher and Ireland’s Shane Lowry, both of whom have previously finished runner-up in the BMW PGA Championship, are also amongst that group, along with Ryder Cup player Thomas Pieters who bogeyed the closing hole.

A crowd of 20,692 people – the second largest Thursday crowd in the event’s history – watched the opening round and they were treated to innovations including a new entertaining first tee experience.

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Carlsson Sets the Pace at Wentworth
PGAs of Europe Winners Descend on Wentworth http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-winners-descend-on-wentworth/ Thu, 25 May 2017 08:30:22 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18856 The 2017 BMW PGA Professional Championship at Wentworth includes a variety of PGAs of Europe Championship & Sanctioned Event winners and regulars competing...]]>

The 2017 BMW PGA Professional Championship at Wentworth Club, UK, will see 13 PGA Professionals join the field, including various PGAs of Europe Championship and Sanctioned Event winners and regulars.

One half of the 2017 Fourball Championship-winning pair, Paul Hendriksen, will make his first appearance having also won the PGA of GB&I Club Pro Championship two years ago as well as the Total Triumph Classic twice in succession in 2015 and 2016.  He also represented the PGA in England at the PGAs of Europe’s 2016 International Team Championship in Turkey finishing in third place.

2015 UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe, half of the winning pair at the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship, and 2016 La Manga Club International Pro-Am winner, Matthew Cort, returns to the BMW for the fifth time and will be hoping to advance to the weekend for the first time this week.

Three-time winner of the Beko Classic Pro-Am, most recently in 2016, Robert Coles, is no stranger to the Wentworth course having finished tied 69th back in 2013 and in 12 years ago he produced his best ever performance at the event, finishing tied 39th.

Silvermere Golf Club’s Chris Gane was the inaugural winner of the 2016 OnCourse Golf Abu Dhabi Pro Am, and most recently came second in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in the UAE.

1999 Open Championship winner, Paul Lawrie, shows it’s not all tournament-based winners that feature this week having received the 2015 5 Star Professional Award from the PGAs of Europe in recognition of his contribution to the profession over a wide range of areas of expertise and activity.

Scotland’s Graham Fox has been a regular in PGAs of Europe events across the past few years including frequent appearances for his home nation in the International Team Championship, winning in 2014 and coming second in both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the tournament.

Joining Fox in the Scotland trio that were placed second in the 2016 International Team Championship was Greig Hutcheon, who made the cut comfortably in the 2016 BMW PGA Championship and was flirting with the leaders heading into the final two days of action.

Philip Archer has a great deal of experience playing in the BMW PGA and many European Tour events and has appeared in the 2013 Beko Classic Pro-Am as well as the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship.

Find Out More About the 2017 BMW PGA Championship @ EuropeanTour.com

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PGAs of Europe Winners Descend on Wentworth
Meet the PGA Pros Heading to Wentworth http://www.pgae.com/news/meet-the-pga-pros-heading-to-wentworth/ Wed, 24 May 2017 11:19:46 +0000 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland http://www.pgae.com/?p=18852 There will be a total of 13 PGA Professionals in action at the eagerly anticipated BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week...]]>

There will be a total of 13 PGA Professionals in action at the eagerly anticipated BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week.

The European Tour’s flagship event has attracted a stellar field which includes current Open Championship Henrik Stenson, Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and defending champion Chris Wood.

Once again the coveted Silver Salver trophy will be awarded to the highest place pro.

Here is a brief factfile on each of the players who will be flying the flag for the PGA in Surrey this week…

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Ian Poulter, 41

Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter will be returning to the revamped Wentworth course for the first time in three years after accepting an invite to play at the Surrey venue.

The 41-year-old has slipped down the rankings dramatically in recent months after picking up a troublesome foot injury last year.

In April, Poulter was set to lose his PGA Tour card after failing to earn the required points or prize money, but he was able to retain his place on tour after a discrepancy in the points structure used for players with major medical exemptions.

Poulter has won 12 events on the European tour and heads into this year’s championship in good form having finished runner-up at the recent Players Championship at the popular TPC Sawgrass venue.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the changes that have been made at Wentworth,” said Poulter.

“It seems the changes they have made are what the West Course deserves and it is going back to its rightful self, so respect to the club, to the European Tour and to the guys involved for making those changes and I’m sure the players will enjoy playing it.”

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Robert Rock, 40

Two-time European Tour winner Robert Rock has spoken of his determination to add the BMW PGA title to his golfing CV before he retires.

The 40-year-old was an affiliate member of the European Tour back in 2003 and finished the 2009 season ranked inside the top 30 in the race for Dubai.

Rock claimed his maiden tour title at the BMW Italian Open in June 2011 and has made appearances at three of the four major championships, which includes a tied seventh place finish at the 2010 Open Championship.

After failing to finish inside the top ten on either of his last 11 attempts in Surrey, Rock is hoping to challenge the likes of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Danny Willett to the title this Sunday.

He said: “Wentworth is the one I want to win. I’d be disappointed if I made it through to the end of my career and hadn’t really given it a good shot.

“I still prepare because the BMW PGA Championship is the one I want to win and I’d be very happy with my career if I could win that one.”

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Robert Coles, 44, (Maylands Golf & Country Club)

Experienced former European Tour player Robert Coles turned professional back in 1994 and the Hornchurch-born player has participated in over 300 events, winning three Challenge Tour titles.

The 44-year-old is one of three players to have already secured a spot in the Great Britain and Ireland team for the eagerly anticipated PGA Cup event at Foxhills Resort in September after finishing in the top three of a recent play-off competition at Staunton.

Coles is no stranger to the Wentworth course having finished tied 69th back in 2013 and in 12 years ago he produced his best ever performance at the event, finishing tied 39th.

Coles said: “I can’t wait to play at this year’s event. I’ve played there ten times before and I used to go and watch the tournament as a kid.

“There’s going to be some big players there and that’s what makes it such a massive event, that’s what makes it so good. There will be big crowds too.”

 

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Paul Hendriksen, 37, (Ivybridge Golf Club)

Paul Hendriksen is gearing up for his first ever appearance at the BMW PGA Championship.

Back in February this year, the 38-year-old won the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship alongside James Ruth and he has also won the 36-hole Total Triumph Classic twice in succession in 2015 and 2016.

In September year Hendriksen inspired Devon to the final of the PGA England & Wales Inter-County Championship for the very first time. He recorded no fewer than eight birdies in a five under par 66 score at a region qualifier held at Tiverton Golf Club.

And his biggest success so far was winning the PGA Club Pro Championship two years ago.

Hendrikesen said: “It’s the first time I’ve played at an event on the European Tour and it’s the biggest event I’ve played at so I’m looking forward to it.

“There are a lot of big names playing at Wentworth but I’m not worrying about that. It will be great to pit myself against them and see how I get on.

“My aim is just to play as best as I can, do what I normally do at events and see how I get on.”

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Matthew Cort, 42, Beedles Lake Golf Club

It will be a fifth appearance for Matthew Cort when he takes to the fairways at Wentworth this week.

The 42-year-old only took up the sport at the age of 15 after previously coming close to becoming a professional footballer.

Cort heads to Surrey in good form after tasting victory at the PGA Play-offs back in October last year – an event he had finished twice runner-up at in previous years.

He was the first player to win three successive PGA Assistants’ Championship titles between 2011 and 2013 and he will be part of the 2017 Great Britain and Ireland team for the PGA Cup event in September.

“I’ve had some good rounds there – nothing spectacular,” said Cort.

“The course has changed a little bit – the greens have been redesigned. That’s the same for everyone – they will be encountering it for the first time so we’ve all got to try and get used to it.”

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Graham Fox, 39, (Clydeway Golf Club)

Scottish golfer Graham Fox will be hoping to make it third time lucky as he looks to make the cut on his third appearance at the BMW Championships at Wentworth.

Last year Fox, who took up golf at the age of 12, shot a respectable 72 in his opening round but a 77 on the Friday saw him miss the cut after finishing the tournament on five over par.

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Greig Hutcheon, 43, (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre/Inchmarlo Golf Resort)

Scottish teaching pro Greig Hutcheon enjoyed one of his best ever performances at the BMW Championship at Wentworth last year.

The 43-year-old, who has won the Scottish PGA Championship on two occasions, made the cut comfortably and was flirting with the leaders heading into the final two days of action.

A triple birdie finish on Saturday provided hope for a best ever finish heading into the final round, but the two-time PGA Play-off winner dropped six shots in his final six holes to end in disappointing fashion.

Hutcheon finished in the top three of a play-off at Staunton back in October which means he will represent Great Britain and Ireland at the PGA Cup at Foxhills Resort later this year.

“Wentworth is never easy but I’m expecting the scores to be a little better than perhaps in previous years. I’m looking forward to seeing the changes,” said Hutcheon.

“I’m 44 now so I’m no spring chicken but I come into the competition with a lot of experience and I’ve played at Wentworth many times before.”

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Paul Streeter, 50 (Lincoln Golf Centre)

Paul Streeter turned professional late in life at the age of 31 back in 1997 and the 56-year-old has appeared at the BMW PGA Championship on three previous occasions, with his best finish coming five years ago at Wentworth where he finished tied 21st.

His other career highlights include qualifying for the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews where he failed to make the cut after finishing with a score of 152.

More recently he won the PGA Midland Professional Championship after finishing on the same score (131) as fellow winner Andrew Willey.

“If you chip and putt well you’re in with a chance at Wentworth,” said Streeter. “Lots of players can hit the ball well but you need to be able to chip and put to be in with a chance. It’s invaluable at Wentworth.”

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Neil O’Briain, 30 (Old Conna Golf Club)

After enjoying a successful amateur career which saw him win the Kerry Boys Championship and the Connacht Youth Championship twice, Neil O’Brian made the decision to move to the US in 2005 after receiving a scholarship to Wofford College in South Carolina.

He won plenty of accolades as well as college titles in the states, including being named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, before eventually turning professional.

O’Brian competed in a number of European, Challenge and EuroPro events before earning his PGA teaching qualification and he now has aspirations to earn a European Tour card over the coming seasons.

“The goal is to put four good rounds together and see how it all pans out,” said O’Briain. “Take it as it comes.

“If the putter gets hot it could be a very good week and that’s what it really comes down to.”

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Phillip Archer, 45 (Birchwood Golf Club)

Sportsmad Phillip Archer took up golf at the tender age of nine through the influence of his father and turned professional back in 1991.

The 45-year-old earned his place on the European Tour in 2004 and finished a career high of 29th in the 2007 Order of Merit during a season where he came close to winning his maiden title after finishing as runner-up three times.

Archer made a habit of successfully qualifying for major championships after making it through to the US Open in both 2006, where he finished T48, and he qualified again in 2008.

He has also played in two Open Championships, the most recent coming in 2010 at St Andrews.

Past experience of playing at the BMW Championship will stand Archer in good stead, having finished T64th in 2009 and T58th two years earlier.

“I’m looking forward to playing the flagship event again and seeing where my game is against the best around again,” said Archer.

“I will go into the event with hopefully a different feeling as it not being the be all and end all.”

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Damien McGrane, 46

Irishman Damien McGrane has an impressive record at Wentworth in recent years having made the cut five times over the past seven years and he finished tied for 17th back in 2010.

The 46-year-old, who turned professional in 1992, enjoyed his best spell as a player towards the back end of the 2000s when he won his maiden tour title in 2008 by lifting the Volvo China Open and one year later he collect £700,000 after finishing 41st in the Race to Dubai.

Since retiring from the tour in 2015, the County Meath player has gone on to enjoy plenty of success on the Irish PGA Regional tour and last year he was victorious at the Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley.

“It’s a huge competition and it always attracts the top players,” said McGrane. “They always try to turn up to the flagship events so it will be nice to see what us pros can do on the big stage.

“The course has changed this year so it will be a challenge, but it’s going to be a challenge for all of us out there.”

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Chris Gane, 43, Left-handed Golf

It will be a third appearance at the BMW PGA Championship for Chris Gane as he looks to make the cut at the UK’s second biggest tournament of the year.

Gane has mainly competed on the second tier of the Challenge Tour where he picked up two wins at the Terme Euganee International Open Padova and the Austrian Open in 2001.

Back in 2009 he finished 13th in the Challenge Tour rankings which earned him full European Tour status in 2010 and he is now a PGA Professional at Silvermere Golf Club in Surrey.

“I want to make the cut because you’ve got to set your sights as high as possible and give a good account of yourself,” said Gane.

“When I played two years ago I was a bit nervous about playing. I hadn’t been involved in a tournament that big and I was a bit worried about what might happen.”

Paul Lawrie

Open Championship winner, Paul Lawrie, received the 2015 5 Star Professional Award from the PGAs of Europe in recognition of his contribution to the profession over a wide range of areas of expertise and activity.

Lawrie was nominated by the PGA in Scotland and selected by the PGAs of Europe’s award selection committee based on his work and representation as a PGA Professional, his work in developing the Paul Lawrie Foundation, along with his playing successes across the years, and was acknowledged for his award at the Association’s Gala Awards Dinner at Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Turkey.

Born in Aberdeen, he turned pro in 1986 and played his first season on the European Tour in 1992. Has since won eight European Tour titles, most famously the 1999 Open Championship, where he came from ten shots behind to win the Claret Jug at Carnoustie.

Played in the 1999 and 2012 editions of The Ryder Cup, the latter following a renaissance that saw him win three times in two years. Awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2013. Actively involved in promoting the game at grass roots through the Paul Lawrie Foundation. Has hosted his own European Tour event each year since 2015, the Paul Lawrie Match Play.

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The Benefits of Regripping With Golf Pride http://www.pgae.com/ask/the-benefits-of-regripping-with-golf-pride/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:03:28 +0000 Golf Pride http://www.pgae.com/?p=18613 Regripping is known by many as an essential service offered by PGA Professionals, so why is it so beneficial and how can it help make your business grow?]]>

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Regripping, and grip fitting along with it, is a great way of getting closer to your clients even if you do not already coach them. You can offer them the service and then take time to speak with them about their current equipment in general, their game, and whether they are working on anything and then use this as a chance to explain how new equipment or lessons could help.

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Gloria Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Inaugural Nuri Özaltın Gloria Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/gloria-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-inaugural-nuri-ozaltin-gloria-pro-am/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:57:59 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18012 Gloria Hotels & Resorts will celebrate its 20th year of operation with the first staging of the 2017 Nuri Özaltın Gloria Pro-Am...]]>

Gloria Hotels & Resorts will celebrate its 20th year of operation with the first staging of the 2017 Nuri Özaltın Gloria Pro-Am from 13-20 May giving PGA Professionals and their amateur teammates the chance to compete in not one, but two Pro-Am events. 

The 2017 Nuri Özaltın Gloria Pro-Am week will kick off with a one-day Texas Scramble event, followed by the two-day ‘Gloria Pro-Am’ a rest day in the middle of the week where competitors can sample Gloria’s various world-class facilities, and then finally the two-day ‘Nuri Özaltın Pro-Am’.

Located just 30km away from Antalya International Airport in the year-round holiday destination of Belek, Gloria Hotels & Resorts is a five-star venue and part of the renowned Turkish company Özaltin Holding.

Set where the Mediterranean and the Taurus meet in a total area of 212 hectares, the resort features three hotels – Gloria Golf Resort (opened in 1997), Gloria Verde Resort (opened in 2001) and Gloria Serenity Resort (opened in 2007) – as well as the Gloria Villas and Gloria Golf Club.

Gloria’s 20th anniversary celebrations will continue throughout 2017 alongside several high-profile events including The Turkish Airlines European Challenge Tour event (April 20-23), the Gloria Ladies Open Week (April 23-30), having already hosted the PGAs of Europe’s Annual Congress and International Team Championship in January.

Away from the golf courses, the famous Gloria hospitality is a huge attraction with 23 sumptuous á la carte and main restaurants across the three hotels to enjoy and superb spa and leisure facilities.

There is no Pro-Am participation fee for each participating Professional with a team of 3 amateurs, with amateur packages starting at €1150 Euros per person:

  • Complimentary accommodation in a twin-share room is offered to each participating Professional for 7 nights on all-inclusive basis at the Gloria Hotels & Resorts
  • €1150 per person in a Twin / Double room for amateur competitors
  • €150 Single Supplement
  • 7 Nights accommodation on all-inclusive basis
  • 5 tournament rounds on Gloria Golf Club’s 18 hole New and Old Courses
  • Free Practice Balls and Trolleys on Tournament Days

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

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For more information about the PGAs of Europe, visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Gloria), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #GloriaProAm, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on Gloria Hotels & Resorts visit Gloria.com.tr.

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Gloria Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Inaugural Nuri Özaltın Gloria Pro-Am
Lumine Golf Festival Concludes With Inaugural International Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/lumine-golf-festival-concludes-with-inaugural-international-pro-am/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:11:19 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18132 More triumph and challenge at Spain’s premier golf and leisure destination as Lumine welcomes 18 Professional Players and their teams...]]>

More triumph and challenge at Spain’s premier golf and leisure destination as Lumine welcomes 18 Professional Players and their teams for the inaugural Lumine International Pro-Am

A field of Europe’s finest professionals and amateurs shared the stage this week (10-12 February) as Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club hosted its inaugural Lumine International Pro-Am. With a 54-hole stroke play tournament, carrying a guaranteed prize fund of €20,000 for the professionals, being played alongside the Pro-Am, 18 teams arrived in the Costa Daurada to take on the renowned, championship Lakes and Hills courses.

Hot off the back of a tied-third finish at the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship – held at Lumine over the preceding three days – Lorenzo Gagli (PGA of Italy) managed to hold off his professional counterparts throughout all three rounds and emerged victorious in the individual event with a three-under-par total.

 

Lorenzo said of his successful week: “The course is in very good condition, the greens are great and also the weather is a little bit different from the Fourball, and so it is a little bit easier. [Playing in the Fourball has] of course helped because I have played two rounds [at the Lakes Course]… so I know the course a little bit better. The two courses are great, and in fantastic condition… they are good designs.”

In second place was Lumine fan, Bjorn Pettersson (PGA of Sweden): “It was really nice today, the greens are perfect I would say. I like it a lot down here. I’m here pretty often…playing golf and having a good time. I absolutely love it. It’s awesome.”

 

Joining Lorenzo in the winners’ circle, after also leading for all three rounds, were Pro-Am team, Eric Colletta (PGA of France) and amateurs, Pierre Fedrigo, J Baptiste Montaut and Simon Cohen. The quartet carded an impressive final round stableford score of 83 points (-11), to give them a total of 256 points (-40).

Calle Carlsson, General Manager, Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, said: “It has been an honour to welcome the PGAs of Europe and avid amateur golfers to Lumine for a week of celebration. We’ve seen some outstanding golf and are thrilled our on and off-course facilities and service have ensured our guests a memorable visit. Congratulations to all of this week’s winners.”

Both the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship and Lumine International Pro-Am were played across Lumine’s renowned Lakes and Hills courses.

Designed by two-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Greg Norman, The Lakes course places more emphasis on golfers’ technical proficiency. Positioned on the lowest lying land on the property, navigating its way through areas of wetlands and natural vegetation, the 6,300-metre par 71 golf course offers a Links design that is a genuine challenge for any golfer.

Meanwhile Lumine Hills undoubtedly gives players the most spectacular views from the resort, rolling through leafy woods of white pine and extensive plantations of olive and carob trees. Stretching across 6,334 metres, the par 72 Hills course rises to offer exceptional views out onto the Mediterranean Sea.

The Troon managed property lies just 50 minutes south of Barcelona and is home to a luxury Beach Club and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. Neighbouring the property is Europe’s most popular theme park, Port Aventura, a comprehensive meetings and conference centre, the coastal towns of Salou and Cambrils, both renowned for their nightlife and cuisine, and just ten minutes away is the cultural town of Tarragona.

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

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For more information about the PGAs of Europe, visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Lumine), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #LumineProAm, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club visit www.lumine.com.

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Lumine Golf Festival Concludes With Inaugural International Pro-Am
Gagli Glows at Lumine International Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/gagli-glows-at-lumine-international-pro-am/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:25:10 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18010 The PGA of Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli conquered the Costa Daurada’s windy conditions, leading from start to finish to win the first ever Lumine International Pro-Am]]>

The PGA of Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli conquered the Costa Daurada’s windy conditions, leading from start to finish to win the first ever Lumine International Pro-Am by three shots.

“I played very solid from tee to green [today]….I missed a few putts on the back nine, but it was really windy, so sometimes that happens,” said Individual Professional Winner, Gagli. “But I’m happy I finished with two birdies, so +2 today I think is a good round.

“I didn’t know [if it was enough to win]…but I did my job, so I was proud of my job and I played my best.

“I would like to thank my team, the PGAs of Europe, Lumine Golf Course, and all the pros and all the amateurs…I am very happy for this win.”

 

The forecasted high winds ensured that Round 03 was going to be a tough challenge for the players, as the competition returned to the Lakes Course at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in Spain.

The contest was very much in the balance going into the final round, as Gagli held a slender two-shot lead over Bjorn Pettersson (PGA of Sweden).

Gagli had a quiet start to his final round, carding nine consecutive pars. However, he opened the back nine with bogeys on holes 10, 11 and 12.

He immediately hit back with a birdie on the par-four 13th, but lost a further two shots on the next two holes.

Seemingly unphased that his lead could be deteriorating, Gagli birdied the tricky par-three 17th, before a magnificent second shot on the par-five 18th left him with a simple two-putt to finish with a birdie, and card a round of 73 (+2), for a three-round total of 211 (-3).

The competition completed a fantastic week for the Italian, after he finished tied third in the PGAs of Europe’s Fourball Championship just a few days previous, and now takes home the €3,800 first prize.

“Obviously it has been a good week, a good experience…I finished third with Canonica in the Fourball and I won the Pro-Am, so it has been a great week for me.

“I will try [to come back next year], but I would like to play on the main tour next year, but obviously if not, I would like to come here.”

 

In second place and three shots back, was the PGA of Sweden’s Bjorn Pettersson, after a three-over third round of 74, gave him a total of 214 (E).

“I am pretty pleased with second place…I tried to get it going today, but it was a little bit too tough,’ said the Swede.

“I knew Lorenzo [Gagli] was going to post a decent number…I tried my best, but it wasn’t enough. It was very windy…a lot of crosswinds made it difficult, and it came from the other direction than normal.”

Pettersson started on the 10th and made two bogeys and two birdies to reach the turn in 36 (E), but started to struggle with the high winds and bogeyed holes four, eight and nine.

“It’s been a great week, such a good start for the season…I like being down here and the weather has been pretty decent, and the golf course is always good. For sure [I’ll be back next year]…I love being here at Lumine, so I’m going to be here again.”

Making up the top three was Gagli’s Fourball partner and fellow PGA of Italy Professional, Emanuele Canonica. The Italian cared five bogeys on his front nine, but recovered to come home in 34 (-2) and give him a round of 74, and a total of 217 (+3) for the competition.

The Team Pro-Am Competition was won by the team consisting of PGA of France Professional, Eric Colletta, and amateurs, Pierre FedrigoJ Baptiste Montaut and Simon Cohen. The quartet led after all three rounds and carded a fantastic final round stableford score of 83 points (-11), to give them a total of 256 points (-40).

They were two points clear of the team lead by PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Simon Williamson, who also carded a Round 03 score of 83 points for a 254 point total.

“We’re delighted, we played very consistently for all three of the rounds, and we were just pipped at the post…it was nip and tuck, but the better team won in the end,” said Williamson’s team, David Allott, Susan Allott and Brian Gill. “We’ve had a great week, and I think we’re going to do it again next year…it has been really well organised.”

Finishing in third place with 246 points were Itamar Cohen (PGA of Israel), Mordechai FishmanArieh Heanig and Zvi Herskoviz.

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

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For more information about the PGAs of Europe, visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Lumine), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #LumineProAm, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club visit www.lumine.com.

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Gagli Glows at Lumine International Pro-Am
Pettersson Piles Pressure On Leader Gagli http://www.pgae.com/news/pettersson-piles-pressure-on-leader-gagli/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:36:11 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17994 Overnight leader, Lorenzo Gagli (PGA of Italy), maintained his position at the top of the leaderboard after Round 02 of the Lumine International Pro-Am...]]>

Overnight leader, Lorenzo Gagli (PGA of Italy), maintained his position at the top of the leaderboard after Round 02 of the Lumine International Pro-Am, but is closely pursued by the PGA of Sweden’s Bjorn Pettersson.

Round 02 of the competition, played on the Hills Course at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, proved to be a tough challenge for many of the players.

 

“I started bad, with a bogey on the 1st and a bogey on the 2nd…so it was a different day from yesterday, but I finished level par and that is okay for the day,” explained leader, Gagli.

The Italian started the day with a three-shot cushion over the rest of the 18 Professional-strong field, but has seen his lead reduced by one going into Round 03.

“There is another day tomorrow…I can play a good round tomorrow with my team and I am confident. I love both courses, so it is okay for me to play both of them.”

The PGA of Italy Professional got off to a slow start, bogeying the first two holes. However, he soon recovered lost ground by making birdie on the par-four 4th and par-five 7th.

Two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine meant Gagli finished with an even-par round of 72, leaving him on five-under for the tournament (138).

Pettersson lies in second place, two shots back, after carding the best round of the day, with a blemish-free 69 (-3).

“I was really good from tee to green today…I hit it very solid and good,” said Pettersson. “I got a few opportunities on the first holes, but missed them all and then I had a good run at the beginning of the second nine, made a few there and that was about it…no bogeys, so I played good.”

After starting his round with 10 pars, the Swede made three consecutive birdies on the 11th, 12th and 13th, and has a two-round total of 140 (-3).

“It was really nice today, there was no wind at all this morning and the greens are perfect I would say…I prefer the Hills Course, it is a lot of fun. I like it a lot down here, I’m here pretty often…playing golf and having a good time, I absolutely love it, its awesome.”

Making up the top three is Emanuele Canonica, who carded a one-under round of 71, which consisted of four birdies and three bogeys.

Canonica played with fellow PGA of Italy Professional, and leader Gagli, in the Fourball Championship and is still very much in contention at the end of Round 02.

Team Colletta (PGA of France) still lead the Team Pro-Am Competition after a second round stableford score of 82 points (-10) leaves them with a total of 173 points (-29).

Colletta, along with amateurs Pierre Fedrigo,  J Baptiste Montaut and Simon Cohen, hold a slender two-point lead over Team Williamson (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland). Behind them on 164 points is the PGA of Israel team lead by Professional Itamar Cohen.

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

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For more information about the PGAs of Europe, visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Lumine), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #LumineProAm, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club visit www.lumine.com.

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Pettersson Piles Pressure On Leader Gagli
Faultless Gagli Takes Control At Lumine Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/faultless-gagli-takes-control-at-lumine-pro-am/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:15:35 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17982 The PGA of Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli carded a superb blemish-free round of 66 (-5) to lead the Lumine International Pro-Am...]]>

The PGA of Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli carded a superb blemish-free round of 66 (-5) to take a three shot lead after Round 01 of the first ever Lumine International Pro-Am.

Gagli, who finished tied third in the PGAs of Europe’s Fourball Championship earlier in the week, was once again in fine form at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club.

 

“I am very happy with my round today,” explained Gagli. “I played a solid round with five birdies and no bogeys, and I’m really happy with that.”

On a day when only two players shot under par, the Italian made light work of the Lakes Course that had proved so challenging a few days previous.

“The course is in very good condition, the greens are great and also the weather is a little bit different from the Fourball, and so it is a little bit easier.

“[Playing in the Fourball has] of course helped because I have played two rounds [at the Lakes Course]… so I know the course a little bit better. The two courses are great, and in fantastic condition… they are good designs.

“I would like to win, but I have to think to just enjoy the week and play it shot by shot with my amateurs.”

Gagli reached the turn in 33 (-2) after making birdie on the par-five 2nd and par-four 9th. Birdies followed on the 10th, 14th and 18th, to give him a three shot cushion over the rest of the 18 Professional-strong field.

His closest pursuer, and the only other player in the field to shoot under par, is fellow PGA of Italy Professional Craig Williams who carded a two-under round of 69, which included four birdies and two bogeys.

“I feel I played well out there and hit a lot of greens in regulation” said Williams. “I haven’t had chance to practice much over the winter because I’ve been coaching… but I hope that I keep playing this well and who knows what will happen this week.”

There is a two-way tie for third between Bjorn Pettersson (PGA of Sweden) and Itamar Cohen (PGA of Israel), both of whom shot rounds of even par (71).

The Team Pro-Am Competition is headed by the quartet led by PGA of France Professional Eric Colletta, with a stableford score of 91 points (-19). Playing alongside amateurs Pierre Fedrigo, Marc Olivier Faboumy and Didier Raoul, Colletta and his team have established a six-point lead over Team David Foley (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland). Making up the top three, and only one shot back, are Team Simon Williamson (PGA of GB&I).

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

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For more information about the PGAs of Europe, visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Lumine), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #LumineProAm, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club visit www.lumine.com.

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Faultless Gagli Takes Control At Lumine Pro-Am
Lumine Golf Festival Kicks Off with PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship http://www.pgae.com/news/lumine-golf-festival-kicks-off-with-pgas-of-europe-fourball-championship/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:59:49 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18137 As part of the Lumine Golf Festival, Spain’s premier golf and leisure destination hosted 240 PGA Professionals for the PGAs of Europe's Fourball Championship...]]>

As part of the Lumine Golf Festival, Spain’s premier golf and leisure destination this week hosted 240 PGA Professionals for the heavily anticipated PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship

Celebrating all that’s great about competitive golf with a week of tournament play, Lumine proudly welcomed back the prestigious PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship from February 6-8.

After three days of competition, England’s Paul Hendriksen and James Ruth (PGA of GB&I) emerged victorious. The pair carded an impressive final round 64 (-7) to secure a 17 under par total, putting them two shots ahead of the field.

Calle Carlsson, General Manager, Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, said: “We are extremely proud to have welcomed such a large field of professionals for what has been a very successful tournament. Hosting this event has allowed us to showcase not only the exceptional facilities at Lumine but also the Costa Daurada in its full capacity, which has helped affirm our position on the map as a fantastic tourist destination.

“Our congratulations go to both Paul and James for a fantastic display of golf in testing conditions!”

 

The first event of this week’s Lumine Golf Festival saw PGA Professional competitors take on the renowned Lakes and Hills courses at the premier destination.

Designed by two-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Greg Norman, The Lakes course places more emphasis on golfers’ technical proficiency. Positioned on the lowest lying land on the property, navigating its way through areas of wetlands and natural vegetation, the 6,300-metre par 71 golf course offers a Links design that is a genuine challenge for any golfer.

Meanwhile Lumine Hills undoubtedly gives players the most spectacular views from the resort, rolling through leafy woods of white pine and extensive plantations of olive and carob trees. Stretching across 6,334 metres, the par 72 Hills course rises to offer exceptional views out onto the Mediterranean Sea.

Paul Hendriksen (PGA of GB&I), said of Lumine: “The facilities are awesome, both golf courses are very strong, the clubhouses, the practice facilities – everything is really, really good here. We love coming here…this time of year the weather is a bit windy, but I know that’s not the true reflection of the area. It’s great for getting tournament practice in during the wintertime.”

Also praising the first-class facilities at Lumine was Paul’s partner, James Ruth (PGA of GB&I): “Both courses here are lovely and are great for betterball because they give you a chance to make some birdies and score low. Practice facilities and clubhouses are fantastic.”

The Lumine Golf Festival celebrations are set to continue today with the start of the inaugural Lumine International Pro-Am. Played across three days, 10th – 12th February, the tournament calls for one PGA Professional and three amateur players to battle it out over the Lakes and Hills courses. Alongside the pro-am event, professionals will also compete in a 54-hole stroke play tournament for a guaranteed prize fund of €20,000.

The Troon managed property lies just 50 minutes south of Barcelona and is home to a luxury Beach Club and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. Neighbouring the property is Europe’s most popular theme park, Port Aventura, a comprehensive meetings and conference centre, the coastal towns of Salou and Cambrils, both renowned for their nightlife and cuisine, and just ten minutes away is the cultural town of Tarragona.

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

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For more information on the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship Presented by Costa Daurada visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017FourballChamps), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter search the Hashtag ‘#FourballChamps’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), Golfbreaks.com (www.Golfbreaks.com/pga-pro), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), and Salou (www.visitsalou.eu).

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Lumine Golf Festival Kicks Off with PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship
Final Round Magic Clinches Fourball Championship for Hendriksen & Ruth http://www.pgae.com/news/final-round-magic-clinches-fourball-championship-for-hendriksen-ruth/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:59:52 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17949 The PGA of GB&I's Paul Hendriksen & James Ruth produced a dazzling final round to win the 2017 Fourball Championship presented by the Costa Daurada...]]>

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Paul Hendriksen & James Ruth produced a dazzling final round to win the 2017 Fourball Championship presented by the Costa Daurada, with a -17 total (197).

Conditions at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in Spain were testing, as they had been all week, with gusts reaching up to 50kph. However, unphased by the high winds, the British duo carded an extraordinary seven-under round of 64 to take home the €6,150 first prize.

 

“They were such difficult conditions out there today,” said Hendriksen.  “So we were just pleased to be able to come in with a good score and sit in the clubhouse and let the rest of them try and battle it out, so we’re really pleased.”

“We knew we were going to have to play well today to catch the leaders, and that the wind would be a good thing as if we could shoot a low score then it was going to be tough for everybody to get past it,” added Ruth.

“I play a lot of golf with Paul…and we know each other really well, so that helps a lot…plus we were both in play on pretty much every hole so it was good to not put pressure on either one and that was key really.”

Going into Round 03, the PGA of GB&I Professionals trailed the overnight leaders, Sixto Casabona Navarro & Carlos García Simarro (PGA of Spain), by four shots and were seemingly out of contention.

But many of the 48 PGA Professional pairs that had made it through the two round cut struggled to get into a rhythm and scoring on the Lakes Course was more conservative than it had been on the previous two days.

Having reached the turn in five-under, Hendriksen & Ruth began the back nine with a birdie on the 10th, followed by five pars. Unaware of the scores of the final group behind them, the Brits birdied the par-five 16th and closed their round with two pars; enough to secure the title.

“We had -20 in mind but the wind was a lot stronger than we thought it was going to be…we ended up missing out for birdie on the last, which we thought may not have been enough, but as it happens it was,” said Hendriksen.

Second place fell to coach and pupil combo, Casabona Navarro & García Simarro, who only managed two birdies in their final round of 70 (-1) finishing two shots behind the winners with a three-round total of 199 (-15).

“When you start the last round in first position, then it is difficult to play, but we played very solid tee-to-green,” said Casabona Navarro. “I think the competition is good and next year I think we have a very good chance to take the trophy.”

“It’s hard for us to be at the top, because I do not practice as I am teaching,” said García Simarro, the ‘coach’ of the pair.  “So in the last round it’s difficult for me to hit the ball as well as the last two days…but we are very happy with second position!”

There was a tie for third place between Lorenzo Gagli & Emanuele Canonica (PGA of Italy) and Liam Murray & Xavier Puig (PGA of Spain), both of whom finished at -13 (201).

European Tour winner, Canonica, said, “We didn’t lose the position in which we started – we started third and finished third – and it was a very tough day. We don’t have a lot of chances to play Fourball around the world or in Italy so this one is the only tournament where we can come and have fun to play Fourball.”

Gagli added, “It has been a pleasure to play with Emanuele and I am happy with third place because probably it was too difficult to catch 17-under.”

Similarly, the PGA of Spain pair, Murray & Puig, ended their round in style, carding birdies on the final two holes to finish the day with an even-par round of 71.

“We are happy about the tournament because tied-third is a good result,” explained Puig. “But it was a pity about the final holes – from 12-16 today we played four bad holes – he hit a bad shot, I hit a bad shot – and in Fourball you pay for that, but then we finished birdie-birdie which is ok.”

“It was really tough,” added Murray.  “We felt like we were dropping off the pace a little bit, but turns out we probably weren’t.  The scoring was not that great apart from the guys that won who played fantastic to shoot seven-under in that wind.”

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

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For more information on the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship Presented by Costa Daurada visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017FourballChamps), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter search the Hashtag ‘#FourballChamps’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), Golfbreaks.com (www.Golfbreaks.com/pga-pro), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), and Salou (www.visitsalou.eu).

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Final Round Magic Clinches Fourball Championship for Hendriksen & Ruth
PGA of Spain Dominance Sets Up Exciting Fourball Finale http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-spain-dominance-sets-up-exciting-fourball-finale/ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:02:58 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17915 Sixto Casabona Navarro & Carlos García Simarro lead the PGA of Spain’s dominance through Round 02 of the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship...]]>

Sixto Casabona Navarro & Carlos García Simarro lead the PGA of Spain’s dominance through Round 02 of the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in the Costa Daurada region of Spain.

The Spanish duo head up the leaderboard on 14-under (129) after a spectacular round of 63 (-9) in Round 2 of the event presented by the Costa Daurada.

 

“We enjoyed it a lot on the golf course and made a lot of birdies out there,” said Casabona Navarro.  “The plan for tomorrow is to play strong tee to green…we will have patience and will enjoy the day!”

García Simarro, Casabona Navarro’s old coach and now playing partner, added, “It’s easy to play with Sixto, and we enjoyed today a lot. It’s going to be a very important day for us [in the final round]…we have won tournaments before but it’s my first time playing in the Fourball and playing with Sixto is fantastic and we will try to make a win tomorrow.”

Although conditions were once again very testing, with many players battling against the high winds, Casabona Navarro & García Simarro made light work of the Hills Course. The Spanish pairing carded two birdies on the front nine and reached the turn in 34 (-2), but an extraordinary seven birdies on the back nine propelled them to the top of the leaderboard.

Their closest pursuers are fellow PGA of Spain Professionals, Liam Murray & Xavier Puig, who are one shot behind the leaders on 13-under (130).

“It was still tough out there – we started off well and after five holes we were three under and we thought ‘here we go again’…we thought we could get under early,” said Murray.

“It’s nice to be in contention to win the tournament,” added Puig. “We have tried to stay relaxed and motivated over these two days and have the best game we can.”

Murray & Puig played on the Lakes Course for Round 02 and shot a blemish-free round of 65 (-6). The pair got off to a hot start to go out in a three-under (35). They then finished their round with a flourish, making birdies on the 16th and 18th holes, and now find themselves in contention going into the final day.

Jose Luis Adarraga & Pol Bech (PGA of Spain) and Lorenzo Gagli & Emanuele Canonica (PGA of Italy) are tie-third on 131 (-12), after both pairs carded identical eight-under second rounds of 64.

There are many competitors that are in with a chance of pushing for the lead in the final round, including fifth placed David Borda & Jordi Garcia Del Moral (-11) of the PGA of Spain.

With Spanish teams making up four of the top five, it is evident that local knowledge is crucial to successfully tackling the fantastic challenge that is Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, especially in such blustery conditions.

48 teams made the cut after Round 02 and will play the final round on Lumine’s Lakes Course to decide who will be 2017 PGAs of Europe Fourball Champions.

The Final Round begins at 09:00am GMT+1.

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

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For more information on the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship Presented by Costa Daurada visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017FourballChamps), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter search the Hashtag ‘#FourballChamps’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), Golfbreaks.com (www.Golfbreaks.com/pga-pro), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), and Salou (www.visitsalou.eu).

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PGA of Spain Dominance Sets Up Exciting Fourball Finale
Spectacular Spaniards Lead the Way at Lumine http://www.pgae.com/news/spectacular-spaniards-lead-the-way-at-lumine/ Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:31:44 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17903 PGA of Spain Professionals are dominating the top of the leaderboard after Round 01 of the PGAs of Europe’s Fourball Championship...]]>

PGA of Spain Professionals are dominating the top of the leaderboard after Round 01 of the PGAs of Europe’s Fourball Championship presented by the Costa Daurada.

Although conditions at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club were very testing, with gusts reaching up to 45kph, there were some excellent scores being carded.

The PGA of Spain pairings of Javier & Manuel Ballesteros and Liam Murray & Xavier Puig lead the way on seven-under par.

Javier & Manuel Ballesteros are aiming to improve on their third place finish from last year and began this year’s event with a 64 on the Lakes Course.

 

“We started a little slow on the front nine, where we were just one-under,” explained Javier.  “I played pretty poor but Manuel played well…this course especially suits Manuel’s game because he is really long and on four or five holes that’s important.

“We don’t have a strategy, we just try to have fun and play as well as we can…It’s only the first day…obviously it would be nice to win together but we don’t think like that for the moment.”

The pair, who are the son and nephew of the late, great Seve Ballesteros, started on the 10th and were even par heading to the 18th tee. However, seven birdies in the next ten holes meant they finished the day at the head of the leaderboard.

Sharing the lead are PGA of Spain Professionals, Liam Murray & Xavier Puig, after their seven-under round of 65 on Lumine’s Hills Course.

“We started off pretty good in tough conditions – it was really windy around the turn but Xavi made four [birdies] in a row,” said Murray. “I haven’t played the other course because I wasn’t feeling right with my back so I rested it and we only played nine on the Hills on Sunday…but I’m just going to ask Xavi where to hit it and trust him really.”

“We tried to play the same game – both aggressive and creating as many chances for birdie as possible,” added Puig. “I’m going to show him the way and he’s going to follow me and make a lot of birdies for sure.”

The duo also started their round on the 10th and carded a blemish-free front nine of 31 (-5). They continued their fine form on the back nine, birdieing the first three holes and ending Round 01 in a dominant position.

Making up the top three, and only one shot behind the leaders, are Calle Carlsson (PGA of Norway) & Bjorn Pettersson (PGA of Sweden). Carlsson, who is the General Manager of Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, and Pettersson carded a six-under round of 66 on the Hills Course, with the highlight of their round undoubtedly being an eagle on the par-four 12th.

Chasing the top three are eight pairs who are tie-third on five-under, whilst no less than eleven pairs sit at four-under, making for a very compelling and competitive second day.

Winds are expected to settle for Round 02 of the Championship, as the competitors will switch courses before a cut comes in to play at the end of the round that sees the top-40 pairs and ties continue into the final round over the Lakes Course.

Round 02 begins at 09:00am GMT+1.

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

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For more information on the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship Presented by Costa Daurada visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017FourballChamps), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter search the Hashtag ‘#FourballChamps’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), Golfbreaks.com (www.Golfbreaks.com/pga-pro), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), and Salou (www.visitsalou.eu).

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Spectacular Spaniards Lead the Way at Lumine
Stage Set For 2017 Edition of the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship http://www.pgae.com/news/stage-set-for-2017-edition-of-the-pgas-of-europe-fourball-championship/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 18:29:38 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17898 Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in Spain will play host to the PGAs of Europe’s Fourball Championship presented by the Costa Daurada with a maximum field]]>

Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in Spain will once again play host to the PGAs of Europe’s Fourball Championship presented by the Costa Daurada with a maximum field of 120 PGA Professional pairs competing.

From the 6-8 February, 240 PGA Professionals will compete across three rounds battling to be crowned the 2017 Fourball Champions. 14 of the Association’s Member Countries will be represented in what promises to be a hugely competitive contest.

As expected, the PGA of Spain is strongly represented with 80 Professionals in the field, including last year’s winning pair of Gerard Piris Metau and Ivo Giner, who return to attempt to defend their title.

Also lining up are the 2015 winners, Matthew Cort and Craig Shave of the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland. Fellow GB&I Professional, Robert Coles, who was part of the winning pair in 2014, this year joins European Tour winner, Raymond Russell.

Xaiver Puig (PGA of Spain), runner-up in 2016, also returns, but with new partner, Englishman Liam Murray (PGA of Spain). The pairing of Javier and Manuel Ballesteros (PGA of Spain), son and nephew of the late, great Seve Ballesteros, are back to try and improve on their third place from last year.

Jürgen Maurer (PGA of Austria), half of the 2013 Fourball Championship winning team returns with new partner Robin Goger (PGA of Austria).

In-form man of the moment is Alex Wrigley (PGA of GB&I), who produced a dominant display to win the 2017 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club last week by four shots. He partners with fellow PGA of GB&I Professional Steven Fawcitt.

With continued, valuable support from the Costa Daurada, the Cambrils, La Pineda Platja, and Salou local tourism agencies, along with Golfbreaks.com, the Championship will no doubt be the biggest and best yet.
For more information and to enter visit http://eur.pe/2017FourballChamps

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For more information on the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship Presented by Costa Daurada visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017FourballChamps), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter search the Hashtag ‘#FourballChamps’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), Golfbreaks.com (www.Golfbreaks.com/pga-pro), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), and Salou (www.visitsalou.eu).

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Stage Set For 2017 Edition of the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship
Entries Open for 12th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/entries-open-for-12th-aegean-airlines-pro-am/ Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:08:10 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17864 The Aegean Airlines Pro-Am will take place for the 12th time in 2017 from 7th to 10th June at the fantastic resort of Costa Navarino in Greece]]>

The Aegean Airlines Pro-Am will take place for the 12th time in 2017 from 7th to 10th June at the fantastic resort of Costa Navarino in Greece with 60 PGA Professionals competing for a prize fund of €70,000.

The Aegean Airlines Pro-Am has developed a long-standing legacy of bringing top-quality golf to the Messinia region of Greece, giving Professionals and amateurs alike the chance to experience Costa Navarino’s excellent facilities.

The hugely popular event is known around the world for its quality both on and off the golf course, with the field of 60 Teams enjoying entertainment at the various après-golf events throughout the tournament week, along with 54 holes of golf on The Dunes and The Bay Courses.

2016 saw Scotland’s Carly Booth take her first PGAs of Europe Sanctioned Event victory and the winner’s cheque for €7,000 after a final round 67 secured the first female professional win since the Pro-Am began in 2006.

 

There is no Pro-Am package fee for each participating professional with a team of 3 amateurs. Complimentary accommodation in a double room (no extras) is offered to each participating professional (and spouse/partner) for 5 nights on BB basis at Westin Resort, Costa Navarino.

Amateur Pro-Am packages begin at €1,490 and include:

  • 5 nights BB accommodation at Westin Resort, Costa Navarino
  • 2 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am rounds (1 day at The Dunes Course and 1 day at The Bay Course)
  • 1 Official practice round (1 day at The Dunes Course or 1 day at The Bay Course) Participation in the Aegean Airlines Cup 2017 – 1 round / 18 holes, 10/06/2017
  • Bus transfers (Kalamata airport to/from Hotel – transfers to/from Dunes & Bay Courses) Golf Practice balls
  • Buggies shared for all rounds
  • On-course refreshments and snacks for 4 tournament rounds
  • Welcome pack with gifts
  • Welcome reception and social event
  • Gala dinner & Prize giving Ceremony
  • Lottery ticket for Gala

Pro-Am package information can be found at www.aegeanproam.com, http://eur.pe/2017Aegean, or by downloading the registration form at http://eur.pe/2jSclaR.

For More Information and to Enter Visit http://eur.pe/2016Aegean

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AegeanProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am and Aegean Airlines by visiting www.aegeanproam.com.

[Images courtesy of Dimitris Andritsos Photography – dimitrisandritsos.gr]
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