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

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

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

Background and Objectives

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

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

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

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

Strategy

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

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

PGAs of Europe Cooperation

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

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

Plan and Further Process

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

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

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Former PGA in Scotland Secretary Peter Lloyd Passes Away http://www.pgae.com/news/former-pga-in-scotland-secretary-peter-lloyd-passes-away/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:50:55 +0000 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland http://www.pgae.com/?p=19561 Tributes have been paid to Peter Lloyd, who served the PGA of GB&I admirably for 30 years, after he passed away peacefully on Sunday at the age of 76...]]>

Tributes have been paid to Peter Lloyd, who served the Professional Golfers’ Association admirably for 30 years, notably as secretary of the Scottish Region, after he passed away peacefully on Sunday at the age of 76.

“Very sad indeed,” said 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie of Lloyd’s death. “Peter was brilliant to my wife, Marian, and myself when I first started playing Scottish Region events. A great guy who will be sorely missed.”

Born in Airdrie and brought up in Gartcosh, Lloyd started with The PGA in 1986 after the closure of the local British Steel plant, having followed his father into the steel industry after leaving school.

Appointed by his good friend Sandy Jones, Lloyd was tournament director for the Scottish Region for eight years before serving as the senior tournament director at The Belfry for two years.

He returned to Scotland in January 1997 as regional secretary, succeeding Neil Simpson, and held that post until December 2006. During that time he managed the Region’s move from Glenbervie to its current headquarters at Gleneagles.

At Tartan Tour events, Lloyd was supported by his wife, Anne, as she worked as a recorder. Her death in November 2010 left a huge void in Lloyd’s life but he continued to serve The PGA in a pastoral role.

In fact, he served as welfare and benevolent officer for 10 years, just stopping last year.

“Peter will be missed by the many who knew him but fondly remembered by us all,” said Jones, The PGA executive president. “He was a great ambassador for golf and The PGA and I have lost a lifelong friend.”

PGA in Scotland secretary Shona Malcolm added: “Peter was a true character and they are few and far between in golf in Scotland today. He was always ready with advice and willing to help but never let anyone away with actions he thought reflected badly on his beloved PGA.

“I’ll miss lifting the phone and asking, ‘Peter, can you remember the background to such and such a tournament?’ Invariably, he could.”

Lawrie was joined in paying tribute to Lloyd by former PGA in Scotland captains Andrew Crerar and David Scott.

“Peter was a true gentleman and a dedicated man in many ways,” said Panmure PGA Professional Crerar. “He was a giant for The PGA in Scotland and will be greatly missed and very fondly remembered.”

Scott, director of operations at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, added: “Peter was a huge support to so many people during his time at The PGA. He will be sadly missed.”

Lloyd, a vice president of Mount Ellen Golf Club, is survived by his three children: Alison, Lesley and Leonard and his grandchildren Daniel, James, Callum, Fraser and Megan.

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Former PGA in Scotland Secretary Peter Lloyd Passes Away
Pro-Am Belgische Kust – Pro-Am Côte Belge | PGA of Belgium http://www.pgae.com/news/pro-am-belgische-kust-pro-am-cote-belge-pga-of-belgium/ Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:38:09 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19154 The PGA of Belgium invites PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Country PGAs to join them for the 'Pro-Am Belgische Kust - Pro-Am Côte Belge'...]]>

25-27 September 2017

Damme Golf & Country Club, Koksijde Golf ter Hille & Royal Ostend Golf Club

The PGA of Belgium invites PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Country PGAs to join them for the ‘Pro-Am Belgische Kust – Pro-Am Côte Belge’ from 25-27 September this year to compete in one of the finest corners of Belgium.

For more information and entries, please contact: Ative Golf & Thalasso at +32 2511 8570 or catherine@activegolf.be. Sales conditions can be found at www.activegolf.be.

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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.

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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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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.

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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
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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Meet the PGA Pros Heading to Wentworth
2017 Open Championship PGA Member Ticketing Details Announced http://www.pgae.com/news/2017-open-championship-pga-member-ticketing-details-announced/ Wed, 10 May 2017 09:04:41 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18798 Details of how PGA Members can obtain tickets for the 2017 Open Championship have been released...]]>

Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England

17 – 23 July, 2017

PGA Members from PGAs of Europe Full Member Countries have once again been granted complimentary access to the Open Championship.

This year’s championship will be staged at Royal Birkdale from July 17-23 and PGA Members should purchase daily tickets for their own use.

The purchase price of the ticket will be printed on the ticket and this price will be reflected in the refund. Refunds can be obtained by registering at the PGA Member Marquee and documentation will be issued to take to the on-site HSBC Bank.

Membership cards MUST be produced for the registration process and refunds should be claimed as soon as possible – before 5.00pm and 3.00pm on the final day. Refunds cannot be issued at any other branch of HSBC during or after the event and must be claimed on the day for which they are valid – no tickets can be refunded for a previous day or in advance.

As last year, season tickets should not be purchased as these cannot be refunded. Members are welcome to bring guests into the PGA marquee subject to space being available.

Ticket details are available @ www.theopen.com

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5-Star Walker Receives Prestigious PGAs of Europe Award http://www.pgae.com/news/5-star-walker-receives-prestigious-pgas-of-europe-award/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:30:02 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18693 PGA of GB&I Master Professional, Alan Walker, has received the 5-Star Professional Award in recognition of his outstanding career as a PGA Professional...]]>

PGA of GB&I Master Professional and EIGCA Golf Course Architect, Alan Walker, has received the 5-Star Professional Award from the PGAs of Europe in recognition of his outstanding career as a PGA Professional.

“It is a tremendous honour,” said Walker.  “I feel very privileged and proud to be holding this trophy when I think of all the famous names that have won this award – it signifies the peak of my career, so I’m really pleased.

“It means everything to me.  You have to be proud that you are a PGA Professional because the status that it gives you in life, and the opportunities it affords you are things that people look up to you for.”

 

Nominated by the PGA in England and selected by the PGAs of Europe’s award selection committee, Walker’s 5-Star Professional Award acknowledges the highest level of standards across the many and varied areas of expertise and activity that he has been involved with.

“I think it goes back to when my father used to say to me “if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again” and that’s really all I’ve been doing ever since I was a boy.  I just enjoy every facet of the golf industry.

“I wake up every day and believe it’s not work, it’s a hobby. It is a great privilege to be a Golf Professional and a Member of the PGA of GB&I.”

Having previously been on the PGA of GB&I’s Board of Directors from 1983 to 2001 and its Captain between 1999 and 2001, Walker is a PGA Master Professional and Honorary Member of the PGA.

He is the Director and Proprietor of Garon Park Golf Complex in Essex, England, a course he designed himself in 1994, which was awarded the prestigious title of GolfMark Club of the Year in 2013.

Walker has continued to give back to the game through his selfless work on various Boards and Committees, helping to improve and develop the game as a tutor for the PGA of GB&I and the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, as a rules official for a number of years across PGA, European Tour and Ladies European Tour events, and as a Golf Development Professional for The R&A in Botswana and Peru.

For More Information On All This Year’s Award Winners Visit http://eur.pe/2016AnnualCongress

“My advice for PGA Professionals out there is to look at every opportunity, never say no, and make sure that you put something back in.  It is no good sitting there thinking because you’ve qualified and you are a member that everything is fine – it is just a starting position for you and you have to work as hard as you can.”

Throughout his career Walker has always focused on helping young Professionals and individuals in his businesses and in particular as an educator, passing on his vast experience and knowledge, whilst always remaining sympathetic to the upholding of the traditions and values of the PGA.

He continues to advance his career and business interests, running his own golf consultancy and golf course design business, as well as with his leadership of Garon Park.

For More Information On All on the Award Winners Visit http://eur.pe/2016AnnualCongress

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Keith Marriott Becomes PGA of Switzerland President http://www.pgae.com/news/keith-marriott-becomes-pga-of-switzerland-president/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:01:04 +0000 PGA of Switzerland http://www.pgae.com/?p=18734 The Swiss PGA General Assembly saw Keith Marriott take over the Presidency from Bruno Griss...]]>

The Swiss PGA held its General Assembly 2017 at the Golfpark Holzhäusern.

Bruno Griss [pictured left] was leading the assembly at his last year of his 6-year presidency. In his presidential speech he reviewed the achievements made during his two presidential terms and he acknowledged the contribution of all the board and committee members during that time.

The members elected Keith Marriott [pictured right, alongside General Secretary, Irene Oberländer – centre], Head Pro at Golf de Geneve as new SPGA President 2017-2019. All the existing board members have been elected for an additional 3-year term. To replace the vacancy in the baord, Gianlucca Patuzzo, GC Lugano was elected as new board member.

The assembly was visited by more than 130 members. They received greeting messages from our partner organizations ASG, ASGI and ASG GolfCard Migros. Luca Allidi, ASG board member, highlighted the importance of a close cooperation between all players in the Swiss golf market. Hans-Peter Schild, Head ASG Migros GolfCard, emphasized that Swiss PGA Pro are now allowed to take PR-exams in any of the Migros Golfparks (upon pre-registration and no teaching on the driving ranges). Yannik Odiet, ASGI representative and Swiss PGA member reiterated that more than 70% of their members have a handicap of higher than 27. That is a big business opportunity for golf teachers. To support the golf Pros, ASGI with the support of the Swiss PGA will now introduce a new Golf Pro Search engine on its website.

Many of the participants enjoyed the dinner after the General Assembly meeting old friends.

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Keith Marriott Becomes PGA of Switzerland President
PGA of Holland 2017 CPD Schedule – Open to All PGA Members http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-holland-2017-cpd-schedule-open-to-all-pga-members/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:16:34 +0000 PGA of Holland http://www.pgae.com/?p=18704 Various events from the PGA of Holland's extensive 2017 CPD schedule are open to all PGA Professionals from across the PGAs of Europe's Member Countries...]]>

Various events from the PGA of Holland’s extensive 2017 CPD schedule are open to all PGA Member Professionals from across the PGAs of Europe’s Member Country PGAs.

Details can be found below and by clicking the links to enquire/find out more.

DATE TITLE PRICE HOURS LOCATION
22 May Force Plate €180 8 The Dutch, Netherlands
18 Jul Decade Course Management Systems Seminar, Scott Fawcett €250 ex VAT 6 The International, Netherlands
31 Jul Jo Mayo/Jeff Smith/Sasho Mackenzie €300 De Goyer, Netherlands
12-14 Sept Instinctive Golf Coaching European Summit €600 24 TBC
09-10 Oct Bioswing Dynamics Level 1 €500 16 The Dutch, Netherlands
11 Oct Bioswing Dynamics Level 2 €250 8 The Dutch, Netherlands

18 July – Decade Course Management Systems Seminar, Scott Fawcett

31 July – Jo Mayo/Jeff Smith/Sasho Mackenzie

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PGA of Holland 2017 CPD Schedule – Open to All PGA Members
PGA of Canada CEO Gary Bernard Announces Early Retirement http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-canada-ceo-gary-bernard-announces-early-retirement/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:01:02 +0000 PGA of Canada http://www.pgae.com/?p=18750 Gary Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Canada, has announced early retirement plans starting later this summer...]]>

Gary Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Canada, has announced early retirement plans starting later this summer the association’s President announced in a news release Tuesday.

“It is with a strong sense of impending loss that I inform you of the decision by our Chief Executive Officer to take early retirement. Effective July 31, 2017, Gary Bernard will leave his post as Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Canada to focus on his health, his family, and to pursue lifestyle dreams,“ Steve Wood, President of the PGA of Canada wrote in an email to members released Tuesday.

“Gary has been with us 14-years, and has been CEO since 2010. During that time, he has significantly strengthened our financial position, our education program and our brand. He has brought the PGA of Canada to a position where it is regarded as being among the most respected in the world.”

Wood, Director of Golf Operations and Head Professional at St. Boniface Golf Club in Manitoba, said that the CEO’s departure is not related to, nor would it alter, the association’s current evolutionary process. “We have been in a change process for several years and we are confident that we will emerge from this process better equipped to serve our members and drive our brand. Gary is leaving us in a strong position financially, with a healthy and vibrant membership base, one of the best training programs and insurance packages in the business and a trained and experienced national office team capable of maintaining operations.”

“The golf landscape is shifting dramatically due to lifestyle realities that have the potential to impact every organization in the channel. We are looking at those shifts, at our operations, at our professional skill sets and assets to implant a business model that will best meet those realities and enable us to better serve our members.”

“Gary is an energetic and strong leader and a loyal and committed friend to the PGA of Canada and he will be missed,” Wood said.

Established in 1911, the PGA of Canada is the second oldest and third largest professional golf association in the world. The PGA of Canada is a non-profit Association comprised of 3,700 golf professionals across the country.

Since joining the PGA of Canada as a National Education Learning Facilitator in 1995, Gary Bernard moved up the education ranks to become the association’s Chief Executive Officer in 2010. He took over operational management of the PGA of Canada following the 2009 recession and embarked upon a significant financial turn-around, guiding the PGA of Canada to record seven consecutive years of surplus.

His Masters degree in Education has heavily influenced his management style. Staff training and development and Board development and leadership training have been hallmarks of his management. Turning his training skills to membership performance, he increased the conversion rate of ELITE Cohorts into “Class A” designation. He introduced a new professional development platform, which has received strong support from golf teaching professionals. He is a strong believer in the use of technology to deliver operational efficiencies.  Under his tenure, his team implemented the PGA of Canada digital magazine; became the first to use drones to enhance the broadcast of PGA of Canada events and has maximized the use of social media to strategic advantage.

He is a past Chairman of the National Allied Golf Association.

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PGA of Canada CEO Gary Bernard Announces Early Retirement
Public Ticket Registration Opens for The 2018 Ryder Cup http://www.pgae.com/news/public-ticket-registration-opens-for-the-2018-ryder-cup/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:00:28 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18570 Public ticket registration for the greatest team competition in golf is now open...]]>

Ticket registration for the greatest team competition in golf is now open
Fans have until September 2017 to create an official Ryder Cup ticket account
Tickets will then be available on a first come, first served basis

The countdown to The 42nd Ryder Cup gets under way in earnest today, as ticket registration for the greatest team competition in golf opens.

The drama, tension, camaraderie and sportsmanship of one of the world’s greatest sporting contests returns from September 25-30 2018, when 24 of the finest players from Europe and the USA go head-to-head at Le Golf National in Paris.

The only way to secure your tickets to support Captain Thomas Bjørn and Team Europe as The Ryder Cup arrives in France for the first time, is to create an official Ryder Cup ticket account at rydercup.com/tickets.

Fans have until the beginning of September to create an account, before tickets go on sale on a first come, first served basis.  As well as the match days from September 28-30, tickets for the three practice days from September 25-27 will also be available. For more information on the ticket process, including ticket types and pricing visit rydercup.com/tickets.

Thousands of fans made the journey to Gleneagles in 2014 to get behind Team Europe as they claimed their third consecutive victory.

Demand amongst the European contingent is expected to be high once again when The Ryder Cup returns to mainland Europe for the first time since 1997 – and the Seve Ballesteros-inspired victory at Valderrama – as Bjørn and his players vie to take back the trophy won by Team USA at Hazeltine National last year.

Bjørn knows a thing or two about the passion and intensity of The Ryder Cup, with three appearances as a player and four as a vice captain already under his belt.

The Dane, who was the first player from his homeland to be selected for The Ryder Cup, is in no doubt about the role supporters play in the event.

He said: “One of the things that makes The Ryder Cup so special is the passion for this great contest from the public. Fans play a huge part in the success of The Ryder Cup, and nothing in golf is more exciting than feeling that support from the crowd at a home match.

“With the ticketing process now open, it reminds us all that the next 18 months will pass by before we know it. I know that fans around Europe will be as excited about the match as I am and I urge everyone to register for tickets and get behind the team.”

The only way to purchase tickets for The 42nd Ryder Cup is by creating a ticket account at rydercup.com/tickets.

Due to high demand, creating a ticket account does not guarantee tickets, however only those with an account will be able to access the first come, first served sale.

Details of PGA Member Ticketing will be released to all qualifying Member Country PGAs shortly

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Public Ticket Registration Opens for The 2018 Ryder Cup
John Jacobs Memorial Service – 22nd May http://www.pgae.com/news/john-jacobs-memorial-service-22nd-may/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:07:14 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18493 The Memorial Service for John Jacobs will take place on Monday 22nd May at Winchester Cathedral, UK, at 2.30pm.]]>

The Memorial Service for John Jacobs will take place on Monday 22nd May at Winchester Cathedral, UK, at 2.30pm.

Due to the number of people enquiring about the memorial people are requested to register with Charlotte Duffain at the European Tour – cduffain@europeantour.com.

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John Jacobs Memorial Service – 22nd May
The PGA of GB&I – End of An Era: Sandy Jones Steps Aside http://www.pgae.com/news/the-pga-of-gbi-end-of-an-era-sandy-jones-steps-aside/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:45:34 +0000 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland http://www.pgae.com/?p=18276 The PGA has ensured it will benefit from the extensive experience and knowledge Sandy Jones has acquired as its chief executive...]]>

The PGA has ensured it will benefit from the extensive experience and knowledge Sandy Jones has acquired as its chief executive by offering him a role when he retires.

Jones, who will be succeeded by Robert Maxfield following The PGA’s annual general meeting at the end of March, has been appointed executive president and will still be retained by the Association, albeit on a reduced basis.

As president of the Golf Foundation, chairman of the PGAs of Europe and The Ryder Cup Trust, Jones always planned to remain involved with the sport.

This latest appointment, however, adds up to an even busier retirement and Jones said: “I see this as an ambassadorial role and I am delighted to be asked.

“I will remain a Trustee of The PGA Benevolent Fund, supporting the fund raising in particular through The PGA Annual Lunches which are a major source of revenue to the fund.

“Another responsibility will be assisting in the looking after of our Heritage Collection which has great value in the world of golf. It is our intention to create a virtual Heritage room so that the collection can be viewed around the world and I look forward to working on this project very shortly.

“I will be available to Rob as and when he feels I can be of assistance and certainly in and around Ryder Cup matters.”

The position will see Jones extending an association with The PGA which began in 1980 when he was appointed Scottish region secretary. During the decade he was there, Jones quadrupled the Tartan Tour’s prize money to just shy of £1m and developed the growth of The PGA in Scotland.

He became chief executive in December 1991 and during the subsequent 25 years The PGA has played a significant role in the development of the game, not just in Great Britain and Ireland but around the world.

That is borne out by more than 1,400 of its almost 8,000 Members working in 79 countries worldwide.

His initiative saw the creation at The Belfry of what has become The PGA National Training Academy and European Centre of Excellence for Golf.

This, in conjunction with the University of Birmingham, now offers a foundation degree in Professional Golf Studies and an honours degree in Applied Golf Management Studies.

In addition, a partnership with the University of Highlands & Islands offers an honours degree in Professional Golf and a diploma in Higher Education in Professional Golf.

More recently, a diploma in Golf Club Management in partnership with the Golf Course Managers’ Association (GCMA) and British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) was created.

The PGA National Training Academy also serves as the hub for the ongoing professional development programme offering vocational education opportunities for all PGA Professionals.

PGA golf education is widely acknowledged as the best in the world and during Jones’ time as chief executive thousands of students have graduated. This number includes students from China, India, the Middle East, Far East and most European countries as well as Great Britain and Ireland.

It’s no surprise that in 2009 Jones was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham for outstanding services to sport and golf.

The PGA is the founding partner of the Ryder Cup and, as a board member, he played a pivotal role in developing it into one of the largest sporting events in the world, introducing a charitable arm enabling revenues from the Ryder Cup to develop the game.

His initiative to form the PGA World Alliance, made up of the major PGAs is another great example of the influence he has had on the game.

Closer to home, Jones has raised the profile of The PGA and its Members during his 25 years as chief executive. He has also developed The PGA brand and the Association has become one of the most highly respected organisations in sport.

Through his vision two Ryder Cup venues, Gleneagles and The Belfry, have championship courses bearing The PGA Brand. The PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles was the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup match.

It all adds up to a wealth of experience and PGA chairman

David Murchie said: “Sandy has dedicated most of his working life to The PGA and its Members.

“As chief executive he has taken the Association forward in every aspect of the business and has enhanced its reputation and standing across the golfing world.

“We’re delighted he has accepted the invitation to become our executive president and we will still be able to call on his expertise and experience.”

Maxfield echoed those sentiments and added: “During his time at The PGA Sandy has achieved many things.

“As the incoming chief executive I am extremely fortunate I will be taking over the leadership of an Association that is respected the world over thanks to Sandy’s vision, dedication and hard work.

“I am pleased I will still be able to draw on Sandy’s experience as he takes on his new position.”

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The PGA of GB&I – End of An Era: Sandy Jones Steps Aside
John Jacobs: A European Golfing Legend http://www.pgae.com/news/john-jacobs-a-european-golfing-legend/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:03:31 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17651 The world of golf lost an icon and legend this week as John Jacobs OBE, one of the world’s most recognised and revered PGA Professionals, passed away aged 91...]]>

The world of golf lost an icon and legend this week as John Jacobs OBE, one of the world’s most recognised and revered PGA Professionals, passed away at the age of 91.

Jacob’s influence on the sport was widespread across his native United Kingdom, but also across the whole of Europe, particularly in the advancement of the education programmes that PGA Professionals undertake in their own countries.

Initially playing and teaching as a PGA Professional, Jacobs retired from competitive golf in the early 60s, turning his focus squarely towards the technicalities and intricacies of the swing and technique. His coaching prowess earned him the nickname ‘Dr. Golf’, and it was not long before he was viewed as a modern-day icon of golf coaching.

This high level of expertise and, perhaps more importantly, vision as to how the profession could evolve, made him world-renowned and a key figure in the development of a formalised training manual for the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland.

Many of the principles he instilled in those manuals still exist today and formed the blueprints of each and every PGA’s professional training programme. His involvement with the PGAs of Europe and his work in various continental European countries helped spread this ethos and expertise to wider climes such as France, Belgium, and in particular Spain where he shared his technical knowledge and worked with the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal.

This international and forward-thinking approach ultimately means that Jacobs has positively impacted upon the development of every single PGA Professional in the past 40-50 years across the PGAs of Europe’s Member Country PGAs and more.

“It was always about teaching people; it was always about the flight of the ball; it was always about realising that the only function of the golf swing is to deliver the club head…”

John Jacobs

PGAs of Europe Chairman, Sandy Jones, added: “John’s role in the development of golf across continental Europe cannot be understated. He was a natural choice to follow Christer Lindberg as our second Honorary President in 1999-2000, recognising his position as a key figurehead of not only professional golf but also golf as a whole through the huge number of coaches he has influenced.

“Jacobs’ legacy will live on in the PGAs of Europe history books as each year a PGA Professional who, like Jacobs, has excelled as a coach of any level of golfer is recognised by the Association with ‘The John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching’ – the highest European coaching accolade for a PGA Professional.”

Previous winners of the Award have included Michael Bannon, Dominique Larretche, Lee Scarbrow, Salvador Luna and Neil Manchip, showing the high calibre of PGA Professionals that have been acknowledged in his name. The award will continue in Jacobs’ name as a marker of his enduring legacy in coaching and sport of golf.

Jacobs took up the role of ‘Tournament Director-General’ of the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland on the 1st October 1971, effectively marking the birth of the PGA European Tour. With a small team and a big task ahead of him, Jacobs established the inclusion of prize money and points from European events within the overall tournament Order of Merit and very quickly began to build a schedule that has ultimately grown to be a global heavyweight of Professional golf.

This involvement with the tournament side of golf that included two spells as Ryder Cup Captain in 1979 and 1981 when the first continental European players competed, along with the creation of international competitive opportunities for professional golfers, has resulted in the exposure and subsequent development of golf in countries where otherwise it may never have ventured.

Board Director of the PGAs of Europe and Jacobs’ successor at the European Tour, Ken Schofield, describes Jacobs as “…Quite simply, a great man – a giant in the game of golf. Champion player – Ryder Cup international in his own right – but will be defined as one of THE great sport coaches of our time – through his teaching of the game at all levels and in all corners of the globe. We will miss him – but his indelible link will remain large.”

“It would be perfectly valid to compile a list of the Five Most Influential People Behind the Rise of European Golf, but in practice it would be no fun. It would have to read: (1) John Jacobs, (2) John Jacobs, (3) John Jacobs, (4) John Jacobs, (5) John Jacobs.”

Peter Dobereiner, Golf Digest 1994

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John Jacobs: A European Golfing Legend
PGA of Sweden Teaching & Coaching Summit – The Leading Edge http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-sweden-teaching-coaching-summit-the-leading-edge/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:40:31 +0000 PGA of Sweden http://www.pgae.com/?p=17629 The PGA of Sweden invite all PGA Professional Members to their PGA Summit from 8-10 March at Hotel Tylösand in Halmstad, Sweden...]]>

Halmstad, 8-10 March 2017

The PGA of Sweden invite all PGA Professional Members to their PGA Summit from 8-10 March at Hotel Tylösand in Halmstad, Sweden.

The theme for the day is “The Leading Edge” and refers partly to the blade, technology and leadership. You will be able to meet a number of interesting speakers who will share their knowledge in a variety of areas that you find useful in your professional role.

Speakers include:

  • Cameron McCormick
  • Anna Wilson
  • Christer Olsson
  • Maria Möller
  • Anna Iwarsson
  • Viktor Gustavsson

The course fee for the PGA’s Summit 2150SEK +VAT and includes lunch on Wednesday – Friday and Annual Meeting Dinner.

The price is valid until February 8. Thereafter, the fee is 2500SEK +VAT. The PGA Summit is open only for PGA members and specially invited guests.

Click here to find out more and register your place: http://eur.pe/2h7cLtW

PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY

09:00 Coffee is served
10:00 to 10:15 Event Opening

Introduction: SGF, GAF and PGA

10:15 to 12:00 Courage to lead both themselves and others (Joint session with GAF)

Anna Iwarsson

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 15:00 Journey to High Performance Ignition to Achievement

Cameron McCormick

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pause
15.30.17.30 From knowing to doing

Christer Olsson

Thursday

09:00 to 10:00 Communicative Leadership

Anna Wilson

10:00 to 10:30 Pause
10:30 to 12:00 Continued… Communicative Leadership

Anna Wilson

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 15:00 Lifestyle and fitness trends

Anna Iwarsson

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pause
15:30 to 16:30 Thesis presentations
18:30 PGA Annual Meeting
19:45 Annual Meeting Dinner

Friday

09:00 to 10:00 Golf facilities as an attractive workplace

Maria Möller

10:00 to 10:30 Pause
10:30 to 12:00 Training to High Performance

Cameron McCormick

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 15:00 Player Development, an exciting journey

Viktor Gustavsson

15:00 Termination year Summit

Claes Björklund and Johan Hampf

Click here to find out more and register your place: http://eur.pe/2h7cLtW

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PGA of Sweden Teaching & Coaching Summit – The Leading Edge
Golfing Legend John Jacobs Dies Aged 91 http://www.pgae.com/news/golfing-legend-john-jacobs-dies-aged-91/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:47:42 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17611 Golfing legend John Jacobs OBE, described as the father of modern day golf, has died at the age of 91.]]>

Golfing legend John Jacobs OBE, described as the father of modern day golf, has died at the age of 91.

His legacy is that of a true sporting visionary – a player, a teacher, an innovator, all born out of a passion for golf that consumed his life. To this day, his influence can be felt in every aspect of the sport and across the globe.

From beginners picking up a club for the very first time to the stars of the European and US PGA tours, few golfers have not been touched by Jacobs’ genius and his overwhelming desire to ensure everyone loved the game and had as much fun playing it as he did.

A tour player of note who competed in the 1955 Ryder Cup in California, Jacobs would later captain the side twice – most fittingly in 1979 when European players competed for the very first time.

However, it was on the practice ground and in the game’s corridors of power where Jacobs had the biggest impact with his innovative thinking.

As a coach he transformed the fundamentals of how you teach the game with his revolutionary philosophies based on ball flight, club face alignment and swing path.

Through coaching schools, best-selling books, videos and television series his methods were known in the UK, across America and around the world.

Everyone, from the best to the worst could understand his teaching.

“Make it do-able,” he insisted. “Keep it simple.”

He wrote the PGA’s first training manual and decades later his principles are still at the core of every professional’s education.

For more than 20 years he was also the driving force behind the development of the European Tour, fighting to expand the season of events beyond Britain.

Within a matter of months of taking control he had increased events and doubled the prize money on offer.

In doing so, he laid the foundations for one of the most successful organisations in sport.

Jacobs was also the visionary behind the growth of driving ranges, realising their value for both professionals and students who wanted learn and improve day or night, all year round.

“Golf can be an expensive sport,” he reasoned. “Golf ranges were an inexpensive way to get more people playing the game and enjoying it.”

All from the mind of one man – who loved golf. But home for Jacobs was the practice ground – particularly his golf schools where every day there were new faces, new challenges and different people to help, improve and make happy.

Jacobs was a friendly face for pros on tour, who would queue up for his advice, and, thanks to his books, videos, clinics and television appearances, he was a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.

All of which is a long way from his early years growing up at Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire where his father was the professional and understanding the swing was simply to “stop myself hooking into the gorse on the left”.

From everyday people to princes and kings, from beginners to tour players – Jacobs taught everyone. He touched lives, changed golf, innovated teaching, made the European Tour thrive – but most importantly he ensured people of all ages and all abilities enjoyed swinging a club.

“Playing golf is simple – it’s two turns and a swish.”

PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones paid this tribute: “John Jacobs will be fondly remembered by those of us who were privileged to know him. Quite simply he was a legend of the game and his name will sit at the top table with all the golfing greats.”

Dr Kyle Phillpots, The PGA’s Executive Director – Education and Global Development, added: “John’s legacy to golf is well documented.  In addition to his accomplishments as a player, coach and administrator,  he is the person who made the European Tour happen and he is widely acknowledged  as the father of modern golf coaching.

“When I started at The PGA, although not a golfer, I had certainly heard of John Jacobs and he lived up to his reputation in terms of not only his knowledge and huge understanding of the golf swing, but also his strength of character.

“However, more than that he was a real gentleman.  He was very kind to me and was always a great source of support to me and the Training Academy.

“The other thing that stands out is his love of life – he took pleasure from so many things, whether it was golf, playing it, coaching it or talking about it.  He enjoyed fishing and also the simple pleasures of eating and drinking fine wine  and just being with people.

“I will miss him and his great stories about his amazing life in golf.”

Golf’s biggest names share memories of John Jacobs

Words: PGA of Great Britain & Ireland/Vince Ellis
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Golfing Legend John Jacobs Dies Aged 91
Thomas Bjørn named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-named-2018-european-ryder-cup-captain/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:15:44 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17472 Thomas Bjørn has been named as the European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France, from September 28 - 30, 2018.]]>

Five-man panel selects the 45 year old as captain for Le Golf National
Bjørn becomes the first Dane to lead Europe
Has featured in seven Ryder Cups – three as a player, four as a vice captain

Thomas Bjørn has been named as the European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France, from September 28 – 30, 2018.

The 45 year old was the first Danish player to represent Europe against the United States when he made his debut under Seve Ballesteros in 1997, the year the biennial contest was first played in continental Europe at Valderrama, in Spain. Twenty-one years later, he will become the first Dane, and the first Scandinavian, to lead Europe when The Ryder Cup returns to mainland Europe for the second time at Le Golf National.

Bjørn will bring a wealth of experience to the role of captain, having featured on three victorious European Ryder Cup teams as a player, with successful appearances at The Belfry in 2002 and the win at Gleneagles in 2014 following his 1997 debut. He has also served as a vice captain on four occasions – under Bernhard Langer in 2004, Colin Montgomerie in 2010, José María Olazábal in 2012 and Darren Clarke at Hazeltine National earlier this year – while he has also made a hugely significant contribution to the development of the European Tour as Chairman of the Tournament Committee since 2007, a role he will now relinquish following his appointment as captain.

The 15-time European Tour winner, who was twice a runner-up in The Open Championship, also knows the 2018 host venue particularly well, having played in the Open de France a total of 14 times at Le Golf National, with his best finish a share of third place in 2007.

He was chosen as Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup captain by a five-man selection panel comprising the three most recent European Ryder Cup Captains – Clarke, Paul McGinley and Olazábal – as well as the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee member Henrik Stenson.

He said: “It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris. This is one of the greatest days in my career.

“I studied a lot of captains as a player and as a vice captain and always wondered what that feeling would be like to be the one leading out a team of 12 great players. Now it’s my turn to do just that and it is an exciting moment for me.

“I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long, and now I will do the same with The Ryder Cup for the next two years. I’m very much looking forward to taking on this task.”

Bjørn’s Ryder Cup career began in 1997 when he qualified for Ballesteros’ team only a year after winning the first of his 15 European Tour titles at the Loch Lomond World Invitational, and only two years after winning the Challenge Tour Rankings in 1995. He won one-and-a-half points from his two matches at Valderrama, partnering Ian Woosnam to defeat Justin Leonard and Brad Faxon in the fourballs, and then halving with Leonard in the singles.

In his next appearance in 2002, Bjørn took two points from his four matches at The Belfry, teaming up with Clarke to defeat Tiger Woods and Paul Azinger in the fourballs, and beating Stewart Cink in the singles.

He had to wait another 12 years to make his third appearance as a player, qualifying for McGinley’s team at Gleneagles where he partnered Martin Kaymer to earn half a point against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in the Friday fourballs.

In the intervening period between his second and third appearance, Bjørn was part of the backroom staff on three occasions, assisting Langer at Oakland Hills in 2004, Montgomerie at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 and Olazábal at Medinah in 2012. He then reprised that role under Clarke at Hazeltine National earlier this year in his only experience of defeat to date in the Ryder Cup arena.

Bjørn now succeeds Clarke and will lead the European bid to reclaim the Ryder Cup, while he will be looking to extend the continent’s impressive run of consecutive victories on home soil to six.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, speaking on behalf of the Ryder Cup Europe selection panel, said: “We are delighted to announce that Thomas has accepted the invitation from the panel to captain Europe at The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.

“Thomas has many wonderful characteristics which he will bring to the role of captain. Firstly, he is incredibly experienced having played in three winning Ryder Cup teams and having been a vice captain four times. He also has commitment. We have seen that over the last nine years as Tournament Committee chairman, so we know as Ryder Cup captain he will have the same unwavering commitment.

“Thirdly, he has passion. Not only for this wonderful game, but for the European Tour and Team Europe and he wants the Ryder Cup to be the greatest sporting event it can be. So when you look at his these characteristics, I am convinced they will make him great Ryder Cup captain.”

Bjørn is the second captain after Clarke to be chosen using Ryder Cup Europe’s new selection process – the third method used to pick The Ryder Cup captain since players from Continental Europe joined the fold for the 1979 contest, under the captaincy of John Jacobs, at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

From then until 1997, when the late Ballesteros led Europe in his homeland at Valderrama, the European Ryder Cup Captain was chosen by the Ryder Cup Committee, who selected Jacobs again in 1981, Tony Jacklin in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989, and Bernard Gallacher in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

However, in 1999, Mark James was the first European captain to be nominated by the European Tour’s Tournament Committee and ratified by the Ryder Cup Board, a process which went on to select Sam Torrance (2002), Bernhard Langer (2004), Ian Woosnam (2006), Sir Nick Faldo (2008), Montgomerie (2010), Olazábal (2012) and McGinley (2014).

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

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Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2017 http://www.pgae.com/news/danish-teaching-coaching-conference-2017/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:48:31 +0000 PGA of Denmark http://www.pgae.com/?p=17430 The PGA of Denmark invite all PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Countries to the 2017 Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference...]]>

The PGA of Denmark invite all PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Countries to the 2017 Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference from 28th February – 1st March 2017, as well as to two extra days: 2nd March – 3rd March 2017.

The Teaching & Coaching Conference takes place at Hotel Scandic Sydhavnen in Copenhagen, Denmark and will see Mike Adams, Scott Fawcett and Scott Lynn present in various seminars across the conference days.

Several suppliers will also attend at the seminars, giving attendees the opportunity to speak to representatives from Smart to Move, My Swing, Flightscope and Trackman.

PGA Professionals can find out more about the schedule and speakers by downloading the ‘Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2017’ PDF, with registrations being made directly with the PGA of Denmark’s Steffen Jacobsen (steffen@pga.dk). Registrations close Sunday 15th January 2017.

Click here to download ‘Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2017’ PDF (1.3MB)

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday 28th February

Scott Fawcett: Course Management – What is the Decade System?
The DECADE Course Management System, created by Scott Fawcett, has solved golf strategy by combining shot distribution patterns and PGA Tour scoring statistics. When Scott combined those two data sets he created a simple way to optimize target selection. Good players know if a pin is closely guarded by a lake to favor the center of the green – but how much? DECADE quickly generates the optimal target that will produce the lowest score based on distance, hazards, and hole location.

Wednesday 1st March

Mike Adams: Through a series of screens we are able to determine: 01. The student ́s dominant power source. With this information gathered from the screens the instructors are able to develop a Blueprint or road map for each students optimal swing.

ADDITIONAL DAYS

MIKE ADAMS & SCOTT LYNN – BIOSWING MECHANICS LEVEL 2 – UNDERSTANDING AND APPLYING

Tuesday 2nd March

Mike Adams & Scott Lynn: Dr Scott Lynn, Biomechanist, will go into more depth abut Biomechanics. Mike Adams and Scott Lynn discuss how to test each student, to determine whether they are a Glidder, Spinner or Launcher. Understanding the differences and how to determine who will benefit from each power source. We will teach the instructors how to use force plates to determine the optimal lower body movements for each student.

Each instructor will learn how to increase the students club head and ball speed, change the the students angle of attack, path, plane and club face. Understanding the numbers on Trackman(Flight Scope) to determine which numbers match which swing type.

Friday 3rd March

Mike Adams & Scott Lynn: Practical application using the screens and drills to make the students better. On the range with Trackman, Flight Scope, MySwing, Swing Catalyst 3D plates and S2M teaching the teachers how to use these tools to improve their students.
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Leading by Example – Working in the Asian Market http://www.pgae.com/ask/leading-by-example-working-in-the-asian-market/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:47:05 +0000 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland http://www.pgae.com/?p=10865 PGA professionals have been pioneers in developing the game of golf worldwide ever since the first Association was formed in 1901. Recently, an increasing numbe]]>

PGA professionals have been pioneers in developing the game of golf worldwide ever since the first Association was formed in 1901. Recently, an increasing number have opted to work in Asia, a band that includes PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional at Singha Elite Golf Performance Centre, Andrew Knott.

Here he tells the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s International Development Manager – PGA Project China, Matthew Davies, about his experiences of working in Thailand and some of the key differences he sees between the role of a PGA professional in the UK, Europe and Asia.

MD: What key differences do you see between the golf markets in the UK and Asia?

AK: One of them is the business relationship between the golf club and the professional and my circumstances are a case in point. I am not employed by the golf club and I have to pay a monthly rental fee to use the facilities and advertise.

Golf in Thailand is run much more on a commercial basis. As a result I have set up myown businesses, www.singhaelitegolf.com, www.perfectswingasia.com and www.protourgolfcollege-thailand.com.

MD: What was your reason for moving to Asia?

AK: My move to Asia was fuelled by other passions in life: travel and an interest in different cultures and religions. I actually came to Thailand and Asia working as a tour leader for a travel company and got paid to travel all around South East Asia!

MD: What would you say are the main obstacles you face working in Asia?

AK: The two biggest obstacles we face as PGA professionals in Asia could be seen to be intertwined. Firstly, the main issue is a lack of understanding throughout all levels of the golfing community, certainly here in Thailand anyway, in what it means to be a PGA member and the training involved.

Secondly, at higher levels of golf establishments our value is not seen. Therefore there are times when you may feel under-utilised. In my opinion the main thing the PGA can do, and Is doing, is work towards raising awareness of what it means to have the words PGA Professional Member after your name.

Having said that, members have to be prepared to help themselves and drive it too. Getting this message across to my clients, and potential clients, is something I have tried to emphasise heavily on my website.

MD: What three pieces of advice would you give to PGA professionals who are thinking about working In Asia?

AK: 1 – Don’t believe everything you read or hear from people who have only scratched the surface – nothing is ever quite what it seems at face value in Asia, so you must dig deeper and experience it first-hand for yourself.

2 – Don’t think or have the attitude that you are going to arrive and make a big splash or have an instant success. Be humble and patient and you will endear yourself to the locals. They don’t work with the same attitudes as you.

3 – Be prepared to work hard for everything you will get, nothing will be handed on a plate to you.

Do these THREE things and you can expect some great golfing facilities, some wonderful culture, and a fantastic experience to cherish.

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Olympics Mission for PGA Pros http://www.pgae.com/news/olympics/olympics-mission-for-pga-pros/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:08:38 +0000 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland http://www.pgae.com/?p=16311 All roads lead to Rio for a quartet of PGA Professionals heading to the 2016 Olympics]]>

All roads lead to Rio for a quartet of PGA Professionals who are set to inspire Brazilians to give golf a go during the 2016 Olympics.

While the likes of new Open champion Henrik Stenson and World No.1 Lydia Ko target a gold medal on the course Ben Stubbington, Konrad Brochocki, Andy Gealy and ex-PGA member Nick Clemens will be busy in the spectator village teeing up a series of fun activities designed to bring more newcomers into the sport.

The team from Provision Events, which was co-founded by Clemens and Brochocki, are familiar faces at golf tournaments across Europe and America where they give thousands of free coaching sessions.

But the Olympics promises to be an extra special affair, especially for 27 year old Stubbington who is the newest member of the team.

“I can’t wait, it’s a new one for all of us,” said Stubbington who was at the Open at Royal Troon in the R&A SwingZone. “Everything was shipped a few weeks ago in humungous flight bags and flight cases and we’ll meet them there.

“We fly out on August 8 and we’ll be there for the ladies and the men’s events. We are setting up a whole spectator village of activities so people can come and have a go. We believe people don’t just come to golf to watch the golf, they want to participate so we try and create a bit more of a family day out enabling everyone comes to have a go.

“We are working for the International Golf Federation to help promote the game out there and offer fans, golfers and non-golfers, to try their hand at all elements of the game of golf.

“It is the biggest stage in the world, every other sport in the world gets huge promotion off the back of the Olympics so as a golfer myself I’m looking forward to watching it and also being involved at close hand.”

Stubbington, whose dad Gary is head PGA Professional at Hockley and whose younger brother Jack is also a pro, has enjoyed a varied career to date. He trained at The Grove before joining Moor Park as shop manager and custom fitter. After that he moved to Foresight Sports in sales.

“Now I’m an events manager with Provision Events which involves sales and business development and staging events,” he adds. “We work with the governing bodies and do a lot to promote and push golf and get it into inner city areas.

“For example we do a lot of down town events pre-tournament, so for the Ryder Cup we had two inner city set ups, at the Irish Open we were there two weeks before and did a set up in Dublin, just to get out and promote the event. We get PGA pros on board to help with the coaching so it’s really positive.

“I’m away quite a lot, we do a lot of European Tour events and provide experiential activations for brands and agencies in all four corners of the world.

“Two of my colleagues did a Summer of Sport at Liverpool Station where we had a short game area and some coaching while we also work with companies like Zoopla, where we did the long putt challenge at the opening of their new headquarters. “I generally do three weeks away, a week at home and then away again. It’s loads of travelling but I’m really enjoying it and love helping people get into golf.”

For more information on Provision Events visit www.provisionevents.co.uk

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2016 Open Championship PGA Member Ticketing Details Announced http://www.pgae.com/news/2016-open-championship-pga-member-ticketing-details-announced/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 07:00:31 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=15604 Details of how PGA Members can obtain tickets for the 2016 Open Championship have been released...]]>

Royal Troon Golf Club, Troon, Scotland

10 – 17 July, 2016

PGA Members from PGAs of Europe Full Member Countries have once again been granted complimentary access to the Open Championship.

This year’s championship will be staged at Royal Troon from July 11-17 and PGA Members and Assistants should purchase daily tickets for their own use.

The purchase price of the ticket will be printed on the ticket and this price will be reflected in the refund.  Refunds can be obtained by registering at the PGA Member Marquee and documentation will be issued to take to the on-site HSBC Bank, the banking patron of The Open Championship.

Membership cards MUST be produced for the registration process and refunds should be claimed as soon as possible – before 5.00pm and 3.00pm on the final day. Refunds cannot be issued at any other branch of HSBC during or after the event and must be claimed on the day for which they are valid – no tickets can be refunded for a previous day or in advance.

As last year, season tickets should NOT be purchased as these cannot be refunded.  Members and Assistants are welcome to bring guests into the PGA marquee subject to space being available.

[Tickets are available for the 10th July Practice Day, however, PGA Members will not be able to gain a refund as the PGA Marquee opens from the 11th July onwards.]

Ticket details are available at www.opengolf.com

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2016 Open Championship PGA Member Ticketing Details Announced
PGA of Spain National Youth League Launched http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-spain-national-youth-league-launched/ Tue, 17 May 2016 08:37:55 +0000 PGA of Spain http://www.pgae.com/?p=18781 The PGA of Spain have announced the The Campbell Lamont Golf National Youth League...]]>

The PGA of Spain have announced the The Campbell Lamont Golf National Youth League – a non-profit project that aims to promote golf from roots up and is held in some 100 camps throughout Spain. The League will have regional and national finals and the various winners will be invited to compete and win a scholarship to the IMG Academy in Miami.

Madrid April 26, 2016.- The golf from the base is the objective of the First National Youth League Campbell Lamont Golf – PGA of Spain, a project are non-profit, for which it is intended to promote the course from the base, and excite children begin to discover this sport and give reasons for that golf would become his favorite activity.

The schedule consists of a total of 101 matches throughout 2016, distributed so that each zone schedules nine tournaments, with evidence in Galicia West, Basque Country, Catalonia, Valencia North and Levante South, Andalusia Orientasl and, Baleares, Centro and the Canary Islands.

Each zone will have a Regional Final. The winners of each area in each category differentiating Cratch, Hcp male and female, will be invited to the National Final on 18 December in La Sella Golf Resort in Denia. The prize for the winners will be a scholarship to IMG Academy. There are provided 10 scholarships for the winners.

A similar model in the USA, The PGA Junior League, has grown from 170 children taking part in 2011 to over 30,000 in 2015 and the PGA of Spain hopes to achieve growth in the next few years as well. The project may also take the form of the PGA Junior League in future overseen by the PGAs of Europe who are licensing the PGA Junior League throughout its Member Countries.

Ignacio Gervás, sports director of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, said “First of all we are thankful for these initiatives that support basic golf, which is the future of our sport. Thanks to the PGA of Spain, the PGAs of Europe, IMG for their support, and to all who make this project possible.”

Ian Randell, CEO of PGAs of Europe, added, “We have licensed the league model from the PGA of America and it has seen great success since 2011. It began with 170 children and last year reached 30,000 children with 2,500 teams formed. The PGA Junior League also works with excellent ambassadors with much prestige and influence in the world of golf such as Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, Fowler and Lexi Thompson.”

David Pastor, President of the PGA of Spain, said “These initiatives fall within the strategies of the PGA of Spain, and PGAs of Europe, promote the grass-roots golf, and make this sport popular throughout all levels of golf. We as PGA professionals have an obligation to promote the values of the sport ​​and the junior league model is especially interesting as it offers a different type of team competition. And my thanks also go to all stakeholders who have helped carry out this project and for their financial support.”

Find Out More @ ligacampbellpga.com

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PGA Professionals Amongst Worthy 59 Club Award Winners http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-professionals-amongst-worthy-59-club-award-winners/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:04:21 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=14820 The Celtic Manor Resort, host to the 2010 Ryder Cup, scooped one of the big prizes for the second successive year at the annual 59club golf service awards – reg]]>

The Celtic Manor Resort, host to the 2010 Ryder Cup, scooped one of the big prizes for the second successive year at the annual 59club golf service awards – regarded by many as the ‘Oscars’ of the golf service industry.

The Newport venue was awarded the title of the ‘Ultimate Golf Resort’ at a ceremony – compered by talkSPORT presenter Georgie Bingham and held at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club – following a series of outstanding assessments in 59club’s regular mystery shopper visits and its status as the top-performing club of all the Gold Flag winners.

The awards are designed to reward the top golf venues across all business elements – sales, service, operations, retail, food and beverage, and management – while 59club’s industry benchmark, the Gold and Silver Flags, recognise the finest membership clubs and commercial venues. The awards’ evening was also the culmination of a day of membership sales and retention seminars open to all golf/leisure staff and club managers, which attracted more than 150 delegates.

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Ten other venues received their Gold Flag awards – the Grove; Gleneagles Hotel; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club; Belfry Hotel & Resort; and Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, in the resort category, while Dubai Creek; Emirates; Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel; Wentworth Club; and Al Badia took the members’ club awards.

Nine venues secured the Silver Flag: Duke’s, St Andrews; Rockliffe Hall; Club de Golf Alcanada; Son Muntaner; St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club; and Foxhills took the resort honours, while Close House; Broadstone; and Manor House (Castle Combe) were the honoured members’ clubs.

Collecting the award on behalf of Celtic Manor, Will Hewitt, director of golf, spa and leisure, said: “Seeing the name of the resort up there, among the calibre of competitors you’re up against, the guys back at the resort are going to be chuffed to bits. We’ve got massive respect for the other resorts; I know them well, I know what they offer, which is a great experience, so we’re very happy.

“It’s the start of the golfing season, we’re already thinking about the ways we can do things differently. A number of our visitors are repeat business and se we’re looking to tinker a little bit to improve their ‘journey’ with us.

“Improvement is key. We were the ultimate golf resort but there are a number of other awards I’d like to see us in the frame for – food and beverage; membership; dealing with sales calls, and so on – that we can work towards to make it a more rounded offering.”

The award for the ‘Ultimate Members Club’ went overseas, to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, whose parent company Dubai Golf won ‘Golf Group of the Year’, for the second year running, while Craig Haldane, from the Majlis course at Emirates GC, was ‘Greenkeeper of the Year’.

Three other awards went to overseas winners: Monte Rei Golf & Country Club won ‘Golf Operation Team of the Year’, while the club’s director of golf, David Shepherd, was awarded the title of ‘Golf Manager of the Year’, and the award for ‘Most-Improved Golf Operation Team of the Year’ went to Son Muntaner, in Mallorca.

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Four Marriott Hotels won five awards: Billie McKenna, from Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, was recognised for ‘Leading Individual Golf Sales Performance’; Simon Howell, from host venue Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, won ‘Golf Retail Manager of the Year’; and Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club took the title of ‘Golf Membership Sales Team of the Year’. For venues with a green fee less than £75, Marriott Worsley Park’s Ian Brawn and Adam Moule took the awards for ‘Greenkeeper of the Year’ and ‘Golf Manager of the Year’ respectively.

Also in the <£75 category, Mytime Active’s Dibden Golf Centre, on the edge of the New Forest, in Hampshire, also saw two members of staff take individual titles, with Paul Smith named ‘Golf Retail Manager of the Year’ and his colleague Ellie Gray scooping the award for ‘Food And Beverage Manager of the Year’.

Other awards went to Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa (Most-Improved Golf Sales Team); Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel (Golf Sales Team); the Vale Resort (Leisure Membership Sales Team); and Margaux Park, of the Duke’s, St Andrews (Food and Beverage Manager).

Simon Wordsworth, chief executive at 59club and a fellow of the PGA, said: “Congratulations to all of the winners who have, during 2015, displayed an unerring desire to provide only the very best in service and professionalism across all spectra. These outstanding performances highlight just how lucky we are in the golf industry to possess consummate professionals across all different size and manner of venues.”

59club is fast becoming the industry standard for measuring and comparing customer-service levels and analysing all key revenue streams for golf venues, and is committed to the on-going development of club managers and PGA professionals.

This year, the company will launch a new benchmarking software system, my59, which will enable clubs to arrange their own member surveys and mystery tests, generating detailed feedback to analyse and improve their sales and service offerings on an unlimited basis.

This follows the launch last year of Golftell, a validated feedback site which publishes a golfer’s review of the golf course condition, food quality, general facilities and standard of service offered by club staff. Golftell strives to provide ‘genuine’ feedback and offers club managers the ability to validate reviews before they go live, interact with their clients, share positive ratings to enhance their brand reputation, and advertise their business to potential clients.

All of this is available alongside 59club’s proprietary training services which help get a change of focus and behaviour from staff in order to improve customer service levels and maximise sales opportunities.

Award winners:

  • Leading individual golf sales performance – Billie McKenna (Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club)
  • Most-improved golf operation team of the year – Son Muntaner
  • Most-improved golf sales team of the year – Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa
  • Golf operation team of the year – Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
  • Golf sales team of the year – Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel
  • Golf membership sales team of the year – Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club
  • Leisure membership sales team of the year – the Vale Resort
  • Golf retail manager of the year – Simon Howell (Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club)
  • Golf retail manager of the year (average green fee below £75) – Paul Smith (Dibden GC)
  • Food and beverage manager of the year – Margaux Park (Duke’s, St Andrews)
  • Food and beverage manager of the year (average green fee below £75) – Ellie Gray (Dibden GC)
  • Greenkeeper of the year – Craig Haldane (Emirates GC, Majlis course)
  • Greenkeeper of the year (average green fee below £75) – Ian Brawn (Marriott Worsley Park)
  • Golf manager of the year – David Shepherd (Monte Rei Golf & Country Club)
  • Golf manager of the year (average green fee below £75) – Adam Moule (Marriott Worsley Park)
  • Golf group of the year – Dubai Golf; Ultimate members club – Dubai Creek
  • Ultimate golf resort – Celtic Manor Resort. Gold flag (resorts) – Celtic Manor Resort, the Grove, Gleneagles Hotel, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, the Belfry Hotel & Resort
  • Silver flag (resorts) – Duke’s, St Andrews, Rockliffe Hall, Club de Golf Alcanada; Son Muntaner, St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Foxhills GC
  • Gold flag (members clubs) – Dubai Creek, Emirates, Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, Al Badia, Wentworth Club
  • Silver flag (members clubs) – Close House, Broadstone, Manor House

For more information visit www.59club.com.

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2016 Ryder Cup PGA Member Ticketing Details Announced http://www.pgae.com/news/2016-ryder-cup-pga-member-ticketing-details-announced/ Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:26:46 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=14405 Details of how PGA Members can obtain tickets for the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches have been released...]]>

Hazeltine National Golf Course, Minnesota, USA

Sept 27 – Oct 2, 2016

PGA Members from PGAs of Europe Full Member Countries are entitled to one daily PGA Member Pavilion ticket free of charge.

The PGA member will also have the option to purchase one daily grounds ticket for their spouse OR guest. This discounted ticket will provide access to the PGA Member Pavilion, and is offered at 50% of the cost of the corresponding daily Grounds tickets.

  • Tuesday & Wednesday discounted price $17.50
  • Thursday, discounted price $50
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, discounted price $65

Members should go to the Admissions Trailer/Will Call (located at the main spectator entrance) and be prepared to show their current membership card along with photo identification. There is no need to pre-book tickets.

The member’s spouse/guest must accompany the PGA Member when the ticket is purchased.

Tickets are only available to Full PGA Members (i.e. not Trainees/Assistants/etc.).

The PGA Member Pavilion ticket provides access to the grounds as well as the PGA Member Pavilion.

For more information on the 2016 Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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2016 Ryder Cup PGA Member Ticketing Details Announced
PGA of Denmark Teaching & Coaching Seminar – Brian Manzella & Tom Wishon http://www.pgae.com/ask/advancing-players/pga-of-denmark-teaching-coaching-seminar-brian-manzella-tom-wishon/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:14:32 +0000 PGA of Denmark http://www.pgae.com/?p=14106 The PGA of Denmark would like to invite all PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Countries to the 2016 Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference...]]>

The PGA of Denmark would like to invite all PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Countries to the 2016 Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference from the 1st – 2nd of March 2016.

The Teaching & Coaching Conference takes place at Brøndby Stadium near Copenhagen in Denmark and will see two golf greats carry out a variety of sessions. Tom Wishon will look at professional clubfitting during day one, followed by Brian Manzella’s coaching sessions on day two. There are also options to bolt on two additional days of live coaching with Brian Manzella.

PGA Professionals can find out more about the schedule and speakers by downloading the ‘Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2016’ PDF (0.7MB), with registrations being made directly with the PGA of Denmark’s Steffen Jacobsen (steffen@pga.dk). Registrations close 14th February 2016.

Download ‘Danish Teaching & Coaching Conference 2016’ PDF (0.7MB)

SCHEDULE

Tuesday 1st March
Tom Wishon: What is professional clubfitting?

  • Professional clubfitting involves matching each one of the 12 key clubfitting elements for every club in the bag, to each golfer ́s combination of size, strength, athletic ability and swing characteristics.
  • Rounding and instructions on how to take Tom Wishon online certification test after the seminar
Wednesday 2nd March
Manzella: Post Modern Golf Instruction

  • Prologue – Brief history of the golf instruction eras and introduction of the “Post Modern Era.”
  • Section 1 – The Post Modern golf swing and other categories of modern swing patterns
  • Section 2 – Post Modern Golf Instruction and Performance Coaching
  • Section 3 – Implementing Post Modern concepts with all levels of players
  • Section 4 – Solving Common problems on the lessons tee
  • Section 5 – Live Lessons, conducted and deconstructed
Thursday 3rd March – (First extra day with Brian Manzella)
  • Follow-up and deepening of yesterday’s theory
  • Live teaching – 2 beginners, 2 average players
Friday 4th March (Second extra day with Brian Manzella)
  • Live Teaching – 2 hcp. 5-15 players and 1-2 elite players
  • Theoretical rounding reviewing lessons, questions and more Rounding
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European Night at the Orlando Trade Show (01/27/2016) http://www.pgae.com/news/european-night-at-the-orlando-trade-show-01272016/ Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:01:05 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=14090 Along with the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, the PGAs of Europe will be hosting a European Drinks Reception at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando]]>

Along with the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, the PGAs of Europe will be hosting a European Drinks Reception at the 2016 PGA Merchandise in Orlando on the Wednesday 27th of the show from 5:00 – 6:30pm in Room W105B of the Orange County Convention Center that you are invited to attend.

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

Please also feel free to download the invitation image below and distribute to your colleagues/contacts as you wish.

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For more information on the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show visit www.pgashow.com

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BMW Exclusive Offer for PGA Professionals http://www.pgae.com/news/bmw-exclusive-offer-for-pga-professionals/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:13:53 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=12684 The PGAs of Europe and their Corporate Partner, BMW, are offering PGA Professionals the opportunity to take advantage of access to the BMW International VIP Sal]]>

The PGAs of Europe and their Corporate Partner, BMW, are offering PGA Professionals the opportunity to take advantage of access to the BMW International VIP Sales Programme.

Access to the programme is open to any PGA Professional that is a member of a PGAs of Europe Member country, and entitles them to:

  • The ability to buy directly from the manufacturer at the BMW AG headquarters in Munich, Germany
  • Receive individual assistance from your personal VIP contact
  • Benefit from preferential terms and conditions
  • Select the appropriate model from the full range of BMW and MINI vehicles according to your country-specific requirements
  • Choose delivery at any BMW or MINI dealer within Europe or at BMW Welt (delivery centre) in Munich
  • Take advantage of our VIP Customer Care Programme (e.g. invitations to exclusive events)

PGA Professionals can sign up for the exclusive member offer by visiting http://eur.pe/PGA-BMW-Offer and registering their details.  Once their PGA Membership information is verified, their details will be passed to a BMW VIP Sales Programme representative who will contact them directly.

For more information on BMW visit www.BMW.com.

Register Your Details Here: http://eur.pe/PGA-BMW-Offer

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BMW Exclusive Offer for PGA Professionals