PGAs of EuropePGAs of Europe News – PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:33:03 +0000 en-gb hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 Thomas Lyte & PGAs of Europe Establish Supplier Partnership http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-lyte-pgas-of-europe-establish-supplier-partnership/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:00:45 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20183 Thomas Lyte have agreed a suppler partnership with the PGAs of Europe to expand their support of golf, PGA Professionals & PGAs...]]>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit www.ThomasLyte.com

Thomas Lyte - PGAs of Europe Official Supplier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Annual Congress & International Team Championship Heading to Greece’s Costa Navarino
BMW & PGAs of Europe Continue Advancement in Europe http://www.pgae.com/news/bmw-pgas-of-europe-continue-advancement-in-europe/ Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:02 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19395 BMW and the PGAs of Europe continue the successful relationship that has had a positive impact throughout the Association’s 35 Member Countries...]]>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BMW & PGAs of Europe Continue Advancement in Europe
PGAs of Europe Strengthen Provision of International Golf Development Expertise http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-strengthen-provision-of-international-golf-development-expertise/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:00:46 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19391 The association is strengthening its position through the formalisation of its Golf Development Team and an increased strategic focus in golf development...]]>

The PGAs of Europe has taken steps to strengthen its position as a leader in the provision of international golf development expertise through the formalisation of its Golf Development Team [pictured] and an increased strategic focus in this area.

The Association has long been at the forefront of golf development, utilising its network of 35 Member Countries and the 21,000+ PGA Professionals they represent. It is now taking further steps to ensure that it is positioned and equipped to provide a comprehensive and effective set of services, guidance, tools, initiatives and expertise to assist countries in growing and promoting golf in their territories.

 

“The PGAs of Europe are uniquely positioned to provide services and expertise for developing golf on an international basis, said Chief Executive of the PGAs of Europe, Ian Randell. “This is both through our own Golf Development Team and our network of National PGAs and their PGA Professionals who provide a skilled workforce for the advancement of the game and golfers.

“We are building on the experience and knowledge that has been gained over the past 20 years or so around the globe to move forward with a holistic view to the provision of expertise. This ranges from strategic, structural and political guidance, to sharing good practice and expertise in areas such as education and coaching to help a country achieve its golf development objectives in whatever form they may take.”

A major step toward this has been the formalisation and continued integration of the Golf Development Team – a group of 24 Golf Developers that are highly skilled in a wide variety of areas relating to golf development such as, beginner and elite coaching, management, participation activity with key focus areas such as juniors, women and disabled players, as well as consultancy and professional education.

The Golf Development Team, managed by PGAs of Europe Director of Education & Membership, Tony Bennett, have been deployed in a wide variety of golf development missions and activity for over two decades, in particular for The R&A and their ‘Working For Golf’ Programme. The Association will place greater emphasis on shining light on this hugely valuable activity moving into the future through its communications and ongoing activity.

The Association recently hosted a Golf Development Team meeting at its Belfry HQ that brought together many of its existing members, and some that are newly added, to continually develop the Team and inform them of the PGAs of Europe’s current activity and updated strategic undertakings and to share the latest good practice initiatives, along with details of new tools and strategies now available.

The Team Members also attended the Golf Development Team A.S.K. Workshops, the latest edition of the initiative that gives PGA Professionals a platform to share experiences, ideas and stories in front of a live audience in short, sharp and concise 20 minute sessions, ensuring the Team Members also took part in CPD activity for their personal and professional development.

For more information on the PGAs of Europe Golf Development Team visit http://eur.pe/GolfDevelopmentTeam

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PGAs of Europe Strengthen Provision of International Golf Development Expertise
International Golf Pro News Reaches Three-Year Milestone http://www.pgae.com/news/international-golf-pro-news-reaches-three-year-milestone/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:24:34 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19027 IGPN has reached its 36th Issue as it continues its mission of providing useful, relevant & interesting content to PGAs of Europe Member Countries & PGA Pros...]]>

Digital magazine, International Golf Pro News (IGPN), has reached its 36th Issue as it continues its mission of providing useful, relevant and interesting content to PGAs of Europe Member Country PGAs and their individual PGA Professional Members.

The monthly publication is distributed amongst the Association’s 36 Member Country PGAs and their collective 21,000+ PGA Professionals becoming a hugely valuable resource that allows the PGAs of Europe to support the PGAs with their advancement of their own Members.

Issue 36 is a Coaching Special featuring interviews with Mike Walker and David Leadbetter, content from SNAG Golf, Golf Pride, the PGA of Switzerland, Peter Millar, BMW, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, and news from the PGAs of Europe and its various events and activities.

IGPN originally took the form of a print publication for a number of years, however, with the continued development of digital communications and the work of publishers, All Square Media, the magazine went exclusively digital, ensuring it can be read widely and provides the best possible responsive and interactive reading experience no matter what device is being used.

Its success has largely come from the quality of content produced, both in-house, and using curated international expertise from a wide variety of expert contributors. Content is featured in a broad range of areas such as marketing, coaching, psychology, productivity, business management, career development, golf development, sustainability and much more.

The magazine also ties in to the Association’s ‘A.S.K.’ (standing for Attributes. Skills. Knowledge.) activity in which content is created and curated for a dedicated thought-centre on the PGAs of Europe website – www.pgae.com/ask – and is open for PGA Professionals to read whilst providing a valuable content resource for PGAs to use in their own communications.

If you would like to contribute to IGPN or A.S.K. then please contact Aston Ward at aw@pgae.com.

Sign-Up to Receive IGPN for FREE @ WWW.PGAE.COM/IGPN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ian Poulter, 41

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert Rock, 40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Paul Hendriksen, 37, (Ivybridge Golf Club)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Matthew Cort, 42, Beedles Lake Golf Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Graham Fox, 39, (Clydeway Golf Club)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paul Streeter, 50 (Lincoln Golf Centre)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Phillip Archer, 45 (Birchwood Golf Club)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Damien McGrane, 46

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

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

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

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

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

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Chris Gane, 43, Left-handed Golf

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Lawrie

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

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

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

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

Find Out More @ EuropeanTour.com

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Meet the PGA Pros Heading to Wentworth
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
George O’Grady to Take the Role of European Tour Ambassador http://www.pgae.com/news/george-ogrady-to-take-the-role-of-european-tour-ambassador/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:01:28 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18129 The European Tour has announced that George O’Grady CBE will take up the role of European Tour Ambassador with immediate effect...]]>

The European Tour is pleased to announce that George O’Grady CBE, who served as Chief Executive from January 2005 until August 2015 and from then until now as President of International Relations, is to take up the role of European Tour Ambassador with immediate effect.

The move will continue O’Grady’s association with the European Tour, which began in 1974 when he joined as a Tournament Administrator after a spell in the City of London. It also continues the recent restructuring programme initiated by Chairman David Williams and the Board of Directors.

Central to that programme has been the desire to utilise the experience of people within the game to promote the European Tour globally in the Ambassador role and O’Grady will join Angel Gallardo in the position – the Spaniard having accepted the honour in December following the announcement he was stepping down as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

David Williams said: “I am pleased that George will become a European Tour Ambassador and that we will have the opportunity to continue working together. Relationships are important to us and, as an Ambassador, George will be able to help the Tour as it develops its global footprint.”

George O’Grady said: “I am delighted to accept the role of European Tour Ambassador and thus maintain my long association with the Tour. I am confident that any new additional roles I accept will be of great benefit to the Tour and will assist the current strategies that see the Tour so well positioned at this exciting time for the future.”

O’Grady, 67, became only the third Chief Executive in The European Tour’s history on January 1, 2005, succeeding the late John Jacobs OBE, who supervised the Tour’s formative years from 1971 to 1974 and Ken Schofield CBE, who took over the reins on January 1, 1975. He stepped aside in August 2015 when Keith Pelley took over the position.

The 2017 season sees O’Grady undertake his 43rd year with the European Tour and during that time he has been instrumental in many areas of its development.

In 1984 he launched the development of the Tour’s commercial arm with the formation of European Tour Enterprises, of which he was appointed Managing Director. Together with Ken Schofield he developed the Tour’s non-network television policy in 1987 in a joint venture with Trans World International (TWI). This policy became formalised with the creation, in 1991, of European Tour Productions, the Tour’s television arm.

In his decade as Chief Executive, he led a number of initiatives including the implementation of The Race to Dubai and the Final Series, overseeing the significant growth of The Ryder Cup, securing TV and sponsorship agreements and instigating strong relationships with golfing bodies and fellow Tours across the globe.

After stepping aside as Chief Executive in August 2015, he assumed the President of International Relations role, where his prime focus was helping the successful delivery of golf back into the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for the first time since 1904.

Last month he was also named as the Honorary President of the PGAs of Europe, taking over from Frenchman Pierre Bechmann – the former captain of the R&A – at the association’s AGM.

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For more information on the European Tour visit the www.europeantour.com.

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George O’Grady to Take the Role of European Tour Ambassador
George O’Grady Named PGAs of Europe Honorary President http://www.pgae.com/news/george-ogrady-named-pgas-of-europe-honorary-president/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:57:46 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17724 Former Chief Executive of the European Tour, George O’Grady CBE, has been announced as the incoming Honorary President of the PGAs of Europe...]]>

Former Chief Executive of the European Tour, George O’Grady CBE, has been announced as the incoming Honorary President of the PGAs of Europe, taking over from Pierre Bechmann at the Association’s AGM last week.

O’Grady will take up the prestigious role after over 40 years in golf, bringing a vast array of experience and knowledge with him that will help support the PGAs of Europe in its mission to advance golf, golfers and the golf profession.

 

“It’s a great privilege to be the next Honorary President of the PGAs of Europe following such a great list of former Presidents,” said O’Grady at the 2016 Annual Congress where the Presidency was formally handed over.

“I would hope that the relationships I have forged throughout the world, and in particular with PGAs in so many countries, will see the current structure of the Professional game enhanced to reflect the formidable position the game of golf is in and the success it is currently enjoying.

“We’re in a time in golf’s development, building on the Olympic experience, that really means it’s an exciting time with all bodies pulling in the same direction.”

Having joined the European Tour as a Tournament Administrator in 1974, O’Grady played a key role in the growth of the Tour and the Ryder Cup, initially under the leadership of the late-great John Jacobs OBE and then Ken Schofield CBE.

He held the positions of Chief Referee at The Ryder Cup in 1977 and Staging Director for The Ryder Cup in 1981, 1985 and 1989, and was also instrumental in the development of the European Tour’s commercial arm where, together with Schofield, he developed what eventually became European Tour Productions.

In 2005 he formally took over from Schofield at the helm of the Tour and oversaw vast expansion with activities such as the creation of The Race to Dubai in 2009 and The Final Series in 2013.

In August 2015, he stepped aside from the position of Chief Executive and assumed the President of International Relations role for the Tour, where his prime focus was helping the successful delivery of golf back into the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.

“The PGAs of Europe have been blessed with many significant and influential ambassadors accepting the role of Honorary President throughout our history,” said Ian Randell [pictured above right], PGAs of Europe Chief Executive. “There is no doubt that George, just like Pierre Bechmann [pictured above left] before him, is respected across the golfing and corporate community.

“As Honorary President George will play a key ambassadorial part in continuing to promote the important role that the PGAs of Europe, our Member PGAs and PGA Professionals play across the continent and beyond.

“George has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and relationships throughout golf and, having played such a prominent role in the development of the Tour and recently golf’s return to the Olympics, he will be a fantastic asset to the Association and its strategy for the future.”

O’Grady will follow in the footsteps of some of golf’s most influential figures such as his aforementioned predecessors at the European Tour, John Jacobs, and PGAs of Europe Board Director, Ken Schofield, as well as Jean-Etienne Lafitte, Donato Di Ponziano, Sir Michael Bonallack OBE, Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, Manuel Agrellos, Heinz Fehring and Christer Lindberg.

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

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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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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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Christmas Coach Calendar – PGA Professional Quote Posters http://www.pgae.com/news/christmas-coach-calendar-free-pga-professional-quote-posters/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:35:22 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17526 On each day of Advent, the PGAs of Europe #ChristmasCoachCalendar reveals another Coach's words of wisdom and you can download each one as a poster.]]>

On each day of Advent, the PGAs of Europe #ChristmasCoachCalendar reveals another Coach’s words of wisdom, inspiration and experience – and you can download each one as a poster.

See below for each day’s PGA Professional and the links to download the posters.

 

Day 22 – Damian MacPherson

“Be open minded and make every effort to develop your knowledge and skills to then use in a work situation. I would summarize in 4 words: LEARN, USE, ADAPT and GROW.”

Damian MacPherson (PGA of Hungary)

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Day 21 – Paul Eales

“The first way to keep people in the sport is to let them play…”

Paul Eales (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 20 – Mike Walker

“The day you stop learning is the day it’s time to hang up your boots and do something else.”

Mike Walker (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 19 – Steven Orr

“The essence of what we do as coaches every day is to try and change habits – technical, mental routine-driven – it is essentially changing behaviour”

Steven Orr (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 18 – Pete Cowen

“With everybody what you’re trying to do is constant improvement of the same thing…so they know that when they’re stood on the first tee under the most extreme pressure it works.”

Pete Cowen (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 17 – Andrew Knott

“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.”

Andrew Knott (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 16 – Tony Bennett

“If you want some things to change, then you have to change some things.”

Tony Bennett (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 15 – Michel Vanmeerbeek

“Handling pressure? Do what you’re good at! Don’t try silly strategies or shots you’re not really confortable with.”

Michel Vanmeerbeek (PGA of Belgium)

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Day 14 – Keith Williams

“I always advise players to enjoy the experience. Have fun…whatever the score it’s a privilege to play at any level!”

Keith Williams (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 13 – Stefan Gort

“Say welcome to the funny or strange thoughts or impression in your mind, welcome them to your world and make it your friend. Don’t fight the thought; it will only become stronger. The more you accept new situations, the easier it is to deal with.”

Stefan Gort (PGA of Switzerland)

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Day 12 – Stéphane Bachoz

“Golf is not only a sport but also a GAME, filled with values and virtues. This is what makes it accessible to everyone and not just to sportsmen.”

Stéphane Bachoz (PGA of France)

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Day 11 – Ian Peek

“Coaches need to understand all of the barriers that may be in place when a plater undergoes transition from amateur to professional golf or junior to senior golf.”

Ian Peek (PGA of Germany)

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Day 10 – Jim van Heuven van Staereling

“In golf clubs where juniors are successful, there is a leader. There is always someone who leads the programme and has owndership.”

Jim van Heuven van Staereling (PGA of Holland)

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Day 09 – Paul Eales

“We must not restrict a student’s learning based on our beliefs.”

Paul Eales (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 08 – Annemieke de Goederen

“Golf is changing: less traditional, less strokeplay, less 18 holes. People want different things than they did 30 years ago…we need to find out what the golfer of today actually wants.”

Annemieke de Goederen (PGA of Holland)

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Day 07 – Sarah Bennett

“It is vital to have an understanding and up to date knowledge of technological advancements from a coaching perspective. But what’s really important is having the skill to utilise each one in the most effective and suitable way for each different client.”

Sarah Bennett (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 06 – Butch Harmon

“Always have a target in your practice – if you aim at nothing you’re going to hit it every time.”

Butch Harmon (PGA of America)

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Day 05 – David Leadbetter

“That’s the great thing about this game, you continue learning…I think if you’re not learning then you’re going backwards.”

David Leadbetter (PGA of America)

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Day 04 – David Kearney

“The environment we create as coaches is vitally important for our students – are we going to tell people what to do or help them help themselves?”

David Kearney (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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Day 03 – Ian Peek

“The key to having a successful transition is for the player and coach together to know where the barriers are…”

Ian Peek (PGA of Germany)

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Day 02 – Jim van Heuven van Staereling

“Junior coaching has to be fun – if there is no fun then just stop. The Learning should be hidden in the fun – they don’t know it. But you do.”

Jim van Heuven van Staereling (PGA of Holland)

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Day 01 – Steven Orr

“Whether you’re trying to change something huge or just one thing, if you start tiny you’ll see great results.”

Steven Orr (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

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PGAs of Europe and SNAG Golf Continue Successful Development Partnership http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-and-snag-golf-continue-successful-development-partnership/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:22:58 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17340 SNAG and the PGAs of Europe have renewed their Corporate Partnership, with an even stronger emphasis on golf development than ever before...]]>

SNAG (Starting New At Golf) and the PGAs of Europe have renewed their Corporate Partnership, with an even stronger emphasis on golf development than ever before.

The PGAs of Europe continues to forge ahead in its provision of golf development expertise and sharing of good practice to grow the sport across Europe and around the globe.

The partnership with SNAG will continue for a third three-year term and secures the leading first touch product and programme as a Golf Development Partner and Corporate Partner of the Association, further supporting the developmental initiatives and activities being undertaken by the PGAs of Europe.

SNAG is passionate about getting individuals from grassroots level and upwards involved in the sport of golf by using specially adapted equipment that enhances the basics of traditional golf in a way that allows an individual to easily develop and enhance putting, chipping, launching and full swing skills.

“We are proud to be extending the partnership between GSA Golfsports/SNAG and the PGAs of Europe,” said Christian Piott, Managing Director of GSA Golfsports/SNAG Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

“With more focus on golf development, we are excited for our programmes and concepts to be involved in the continued development of golf across Europe. Together we look forward to achieving the combined objective of creating even more new golfers.”

The PGAs of Europe’s unique position in providing expertise in golf development around the globe means that the Association’s Golf Development Partners are able to assist various programmes, projects and initiatives to grow the sport.

The influence of SNAG has spread across many of the PGAs of Europe’s Member Countries, increasing participation levels, becoming part of national curriculums in schools, and establishing itself as a first point of entry for golf development on a global scale.

SNAG is often a major feature at tour events, exhibitions, parks, school programmes, corporate events, tournaments and charity fun days.

“Our partnership with SNAG has been very fruitful over the past few years,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell. “As a leader in the provision of first touch equipment and programmes, we have been delighted to promote them, as well as recommend the adoption of SNAG across several countries.

“As the PGAs of Europe look to assist countries with their golf development plans and share good practice, SNAG products and programmes can be integral to improving the infrastructure and participation through introducing the game in a fun, safe and family-friendly environment.”

For More Information on SNAG Golf Visit www.SNAG.golf

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PGAs of Europe Ryder Cup Coach Hub Launches http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-ryder-cup-coach-hub-launches/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:10:17 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=16696 The PGAs of Europe's Ryder Cup Coach Hub focuses on the 12 Ryder Cup Team Europe Professionals and the PGA Professionals that work alongside them...]]>

The PGAs of Europe have launched a Ryder Cup Coach Hub that focuses on the 12 Members of the European Ryder Cup Team and the PGA Professionals that work alongside them.

The Hub at PGAE.com (http://eur.pe/RyderCupPGAPros) details the players alongside their PGA Professional coaches, together with key information about how they made the team and their existing records in the biennial competition.

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Visit the Ryder Cup Coach Hub at: http://eur.pe/RyderCupPGAPros

For the first time, the PGA Professionals from across the PGAs of Europe’s Member Countries that support, and have supported, Team Europe’s members are detailed together giving an insight into their successful working relationships, and shining a spotlight on the work that goes on behind the scenes to aid the development of golf’s superstars.

The Association’s role as a partner within Ryder Cup Europe through the vehicle of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, provides the ideal vantage point to look at the key links between the 12 members and the root of their games, the PGA Professional.

“After the success of our Olympic Coach Hub, it made great sense to look at the European Ryder Cup Team in a similar way,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“The 12 members of Team Europe have worked incredibly hard across their careers to get to where they are now and have all been influenced by the coaching of PGA Professionals.  Since its inception, The PGA and PGA Professionals have been inherently linked to the Ryder Cup so the Hub is a great vehicle to allow us to celebrate their work throughout Europe.”

Each Player-Coach listing contains details on the relationships between the players and their PGA Professional coaches, along with articles and video with coaches about the players.

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

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

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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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Partners Come Together for 2016 Business Club http://www.pgae.com/news/partners-come-together-for-2016-business-club/ Mon, 09 May 2016 08:01:02 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=15466 Representatives from the PGAs of Europe’s Corporate Partners came together in May for the 2016 Business Club seeking to gain feedback & discuss ideas]]>

Representatives from the PGAs of Europe’s Corporate Partners came together in May for the 2016 Business Club seeking to gain feedback, discuss ideas and share commercial and collaborative opportunities between the family of partners themselves as well.

Following on from the successful Business Club in 2015, this year’s event returned after the hugely positive response from the Association’s Corporate Partners about the chance to meet with the rest of the Partners that support the PGAs of Europe so well.

Among the topics discussed were ways in which Partners could communicate further with Member PGAs, opportunities for Partners to get involved with PGAs of Europe initiatives and activities, various cross-partner collaborations, along with ways for the Association to share more practical and actionable data from across its membership with Partners.

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“It was a great opportunity to build up relations and meet with the other Partners,” said Oliver Stockhecke, International VIP Management and Sales, BMW Group. “The discussions were really fruitful and it shows the new activities the PGAs of Europe are doing are really valuable.”

“It was a really good session…to get an update on everything the PGAs of Europe is doing and the direction it’s going,” added Golfbreaks.com Chief Executive, Andrew Stanley. “I’ve definitely come away with a few ideas…and it’s been a really useful day.”

“This year’s Business Club really came as a result of popular demand from our Corporate Partners,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell. “It is proving to be a very useful way of gaining feedback and ideas from Partners, but also getting them to interact between themselves in a way that is perhaps not easily achieved ordinarily.

“Providing Partners with the opportunity to visit the Headquarters and interact with our team is also extremely beneficial. Along with time spent at dinner and during our Partner golf day at Little Aston Golf Club, the Business Club continues to provide invaluable time for both formal and informal discussions around our partnerships.”

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

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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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New PGAs of Europe Headquarters Opening Event Marks Association’s 25th Anniversary http://www.pgae.com/news/new-pgas-of-europe-headquarters-opening-event-marks-associations-25th-anniversary/ Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:34:27 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=13349 The PGAs of Europe’s new Headquarters at The Belfry, Hunters Lodge, has been officially opened with the second in a series of events that mark 25 years since]]>

The PGAs of Europe’s new Headquarters at The Belfry, Hunters Lodge, has been officially opened with the second in a series of events that mark 25 years since the Association’s formation.

As the Association celebrates a quarter of a century at the forefront of the Professional game in Europe, the brand new offices were opened by PGAs of Europe Honorary President, Pierre Bechmann, and Chairman, Sandy Jones, in front of key individuals from across the Association’s history, current Board Directors and members of the Education Committee, along with friends from various other pan-European golfing bodies.

PGAs of Europe Chairman, Sandy Jones, has been an instrumental figure in the PGAs of Europe across its history and marked the occasion as a very proud moment:  “I think the opening of the office after 25 years reflects how much progress we’ve made – when [the Association] started there was no real structure…but there was a great idea.  The great idea was that we needed to embrace all of Europe…the PGAs of Europe was a vehicle that allowed that to happen.

“I always say the history bit is only the foundation upon which you build the future – well last night I talked about the 25 years of history and that’s the foundation stone for us to move forward.  This building will become iconic as the headquarters of the PGAs of Europe so it’s a very proud moment.”

The Association’s Honorary President, Pierre Bechmann, added: “I think [the new office] strengthens the Association’s identity…and the fact that the PGAs of Europe is a family, close to others in the great family of golf…I think it is truly great.

The two-day event included a celebratory dinner at the Belfry Hotel in which the past 25 years were remembered and key figures from the Association’s history and representatives from other golfing bodies were presented with limited edition anniversary PING Scottsdale TR Anser 2 putters in recognition of their commitment to, and relationships with, the PGAs of Europe.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony followed 18-holes of golf on the historic four-time Ryder Cup host course, The Brabazon, that was resplendent in the Autumnal sunshine and in perfect condition.

“It’s been an absolutely fantastic couple of days…I guess in many ways the PGAs of Europe comes of age with its 25th Anniversary,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.  “We’ve been absolutely blessed here today, we’ve had a great time and great food last night, the golf course here at The Belfry, obviously home to four Ryder Cups, was in superb condition, and even better the sun shone on an October day in middle-England.  Best of all we’ve had great company from both inside and outside of the Association so it’s been very fitting way to mark this Anniversary and celebrate the opening of our new headquarters.”

Following the hugely successful Business Club at the Wentworth Club in May, the office opening is the second in a series of events celebrating the Association’s 25th Anniversary year that will culminate with a key celebration week at the 2015 Annual Congress at Turkey’s Gloria Hotels & Resorts in December.

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PGAs of Europe Supports ‘European Week of Sport: 7-13 Sept’ http://www.pgae.com/ask/pgas-of-europe-supports-european-week-of-sport-7-13-sept/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:50:32 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=12339 The PGAs of Europe as part of 'Golf Europe' is proud to support the European Week of Sport from 7th - 13th September 2015.]]>

The PGAs of Europe as part of ‘Golf Europe’ is proud to support the European Week of Sport from 7th – 13th September 2015. Find out more about the week here: ec.europa.eu/sport/week.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

The European Week of Sport is a new initiative of the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week will generate new activities and also build on already existing successful initiatives in the European, national, regional or local context. This European-wide campaign will inspire Euro- peans to #BeActive during the Week and encourage them to stay active all year long.

WHY ?

Sport and physical activity contribute substantially to the well- being of European citizens. However, the level of physical activity is currently stagnating and even declining in some countries. The European Week of Sport is a response to this challenge. The lack of physical activity not only has a negative impact on society and people’s health, but also results in economic costs. In addi- tion, sport has the potential to strengthen messages of tolerance and reinforce citizenship throughout Europe. Promoting the role of sport as a means of social inclusion will help address ongoing challenges in European society.

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The European Week of Sport aims at promoting participation in sport and physical activity and raising awareness about the numerous benefits of both. The Week is for everyone – regard- less of age, background or fitness level. It should bring together individuals, public authorities, the sport movement, civil society organisations and the private sector. Through the
focus on grassroots initiatives, the Week will in- spire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to exercise more.

WHEN?

The first European Week of Sport will take place from 7th to 13th of September 2015. For the first year, the participating coun- tries will have the opportunity to carry out activities and events at national level until the end of the month. The European Week of Sport is not designed as a one-off event. It will take place annually in September as from 2015.

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HOW?

The European Week of Sport will be structured around 4 Focus Days, i.e. Education environment, Workplaces, Outdoors, Clubs & Fitness centres. A wide range of initiatives and activities will be organised around these settings at different levels (EU, national, local and regional level) and with the involvement of many actors. In Brussels, the European Commission will organise the open- ing of the Week with strong media involvement and a Flagship Event. The overarching campaign theme for the Week “#BeActive” should also become the reference framework for existing campaigns, events and activities throughout the year.

WHO?

The European Week of Sport is a European Commission-led ini- tiative. The implementation of the Week across Europe is largely decentralised and takes place in close cooperation with the national coordinators and with the many different partners who are firmly committed to support the Week. An Ambassador Team will also help implement the different promotional activities.

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The R&A and PGAs of Europe – A Harmonious Partnership http://www.pgae.com/news/the-ra-and-pgas-of-europe-a-harmonious-partnership/ Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:33:09 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=9163 'Working Together' has been a phrase used in and around the PGAs of Europe for a number years - a 'mantra' in some ways showing that the collective energies and]]> ]]> Jean-Etienne Lafitte: 1948 – 2015 http://www.pgae.com/news/jean-etienne-lafitte-1948-2015/ Wed, 13 May 2015 07:21:52 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11304 Former PGAs of Europe Honorary President, Education Committee Chairman and Chairman of the PGA of France, Jean-Etienne Lafitte, sadly passed away on the 9th May]]>

Former PGAs of Europe Honorary President, Education Committee Chairman and Chairman of the PGA of France, Jean-Etienne Lafitte, sadly passed away on the 9th May after a long illness.

Jean-Etienne was a figurehead at the forefront of professional education for PGA Professionals and a key driver in the creation and development of the PGAs of Europe.

His work with the Association, the PGA of France and the Fédération Française de Golf (FFGolf) has impacted upon almost every PGA Professional that has gone through a training programme across Europe.  He was recognised many times for his influence on golf in Europe, including most recently Special Recognition by the FFGolf as a Master in his field.

“On behalf of all PGAs of Europe Officials and Staff, both past and present, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Jean-Etienne’s family and friends for the loss of such a fantastic person,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“Jean-Etienne was not only hugely influential in the development of our Association, but also in many of us as individuals.  Not least of all the tens of thousands of PGA Professionals across Europe and the wider world that have been influenced by his vision and efforts in developing professional education.  His energetic personality and enthusiasm will be sorely missed by all.”

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PGAs of Europe Chairman, Sandy Jones, added: “Jean-Etienne was without doubt one of the nicest people I have ever met.  His passion for the PGAs of Europe was never-ending and he had the vision and the drive to establish the foundation stones of our education across Europe that have brought us to the successful position we now enjoy.  We should all be indebted to him for his outstanding contribution and wonderful vision.”

Jean-Etienne was a stalwart figure in the PGAs of Europe across its entire history having attended the exploratory meeting of several PGAs at Wentworth in 1989 and was heavily involved in the official formation the following year.

1990 also saw Jean-Etienne chair the very first Training Standards Committee meeting, which later became the Education Committee (EC).  His vision and leadership of the Committee established a recognised European Standard for professional qualification that was accepted by all member countries.

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In 2003, Jean-Etienne retired from his position as EC Chairman handing over the reigns to Leif Ohlsson, who then later passed the leadership to its current Chairman, Jonathan Mannie.  Jean-Etienne was recognised by the Association with the Christer Lindberg Bowl award that was later bolstered by the 5 Star Professional Award in 2008.

In 2010 he succeeded Heinz Fehring as Honorary President at the 2010 Annual Congress and later handed over to Donato Di Ponziano in 2012.

He also acted as a Golf Development Consultant for the PGAs of Europe working on behalf of The R&A carrying out various missions in many countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Current Chairman of the EC, Jonathan Mannie, said: “One very special person for me during my time with the PGAs of Europe has been Jean-Etienne Lafitte.  I remember at the Annual Congress many years ago I had the privilege of sitting next to him.  Halfway through he gave me a little note – he had written ‘It is tremendous to see your enthusiasm and your concentration’.  That was really special coming from somebody like him.”

Jean-Etienne’s influence outside of the PGAs of Europe cannot be overstated – his involvement with French golf started long before.  He became the PGA of France’s Chairman in 1981 and was French National Team Coach from 1983 to 1992, where he led the junior national team to a European Championship title in 1988, his last year as the PGA’s Chair.  He was National Technical Director until 1997 during which time he helped to establish the first Federal School for golf coaches.

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“As a passionate and erudite golfer, master teacher and friend, Jean-Etienne was outstanding,” said current PGAs of Europe Honorary President, Pierre Bechmann.  “He only had the interest of the game of golf at heart. He wanted all golfers to live up to the game’s principles and traditions.  He saw how golf could help individuals to be better people. He has given a great deal to golf and will be remembered for his exceptional and enthusiastic contribution to the game.”

A funeral service for Jean-Etienne will take place on Friday 15th May at 10:30am at the Saint Jean-Baptiste Church in St Jean de Luz, near Biarritz, France.

Please feel free to leave messages of condolence in the comments section below.

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2015 Open Championship: PGA Professional Ticketing Process http://www.pgae.com/news/2015-open-championship-pga-professional-ticketing-process/ Fri, 08 May 2015 11:17:11 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11243 PGA Professional Members and Assistants of recognised PGAs have once again been granted complimentary access to the Open Championship.]]>

PGA Professional Members of recognised PGAs have once again been granted complimentary access to the Open Championship.

This year’s championship will be staged at St Andrews from July 13-19 and PGA Members should purchase daily tickets for their own use.

There are two price bands: tickets purchased before 31 May 2015 and tickets purchased from 1 June 2015.

The purchase price of the ticket will be printed on the ticket and this will be refundable. 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.

Ticket details are available at www.OpenGolf.com.

Please direct queries to Jo-Jo Hamer Philip at jjhp@pgae.com.

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GoGolf! – A Collaborative Project on Sport, Health & Participation Achieves European Commission Erasmus+ Award http://www.pgae.com/news/gogolf-a-collaborative-project-on-sport-health-participation-achieves-european-commission-erasmus-award/ Fri, 01 May 2015 14:39:54 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11145 Golf Europe, a group of European golf’s major stakeholders, will aim to progress golf’s contribution to European society and the focus it receives within the co]]>

Release On Behalf of Golf Europe:

Approximately 7.9 million European citizens play golf in an industry that contributes over €15.1 billion to the European economy. Golf Europe, a group of European golf’s major stakeholders, will aim to progress golf’s contribution to European society and the focus it receives within the community. The Europe 2020 strategy, which outlines the European Union’s vision for the 21st century, included sustainability as a key driver for economic growth and resource efficiency. In this context, Golf Europe’s activities of growing the sport of golf in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way are in line and contribute to realising Europe’s 2020 vision.

Under Erasmus+, the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020, the European Commission has awarded funding to the GoGolf! project, which be focused on sport, health and participation with transnational collaboration and two high-level aims:

  • Increasing the evidence base for the health benefits of golf for the European citizen
  • Driving increased participation in the sport at a pan- European level

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The European Golf Association (EGA) General Secretary, Richard Heath, commented that:

“…The EGA is excited to be in a position to collate and develop the evidence-base of golf in an EU-sponsored project. We feel that a more formal realisation of the benefits will create a cascading effect to benefit the European population through increasing participation at a grass-roots level.”

In the context of EU policy, the project aims to target the recently published Eurobarometer report on Sport and Physical Activity, which found that:

  • 59% of EU citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport at least once a week
  • Almost three-quarters of EU citizens (74%) say that they are not members of any sports club, a 67% increase since 2009.

With golf functioning as a major participation sport across Europe, the GoGolf! project will seek to identify how the European golf community can come together to address some of these impending health challenges for the European Community.

On behalf of The R&A, Steve Isaac, Director of Golf Course Management stated that:

“The Erasmus+ funding for GoGolf! provides a great opportunity for golf to demonstrate its value in providing health benefits to European citizens. Golf is an excellent way to address Europe’s potential health crisis, being a sport providing gentle exercise and one that can be played by all ages.”

A key aim of GoGolf! is to compose a multi-national, multi- stakeholder planning and delivery team which can bring a diverse set of skills, perspectives and resources to the work being undertaken. Partners include: The PGAs of Europe, Portuguese Golf Federation, Estonian Golf Association, Royal Dutch Golf Federation, Czech Golf Federation, French Golf Federation, and the University of St Andrews as a research partner. Coordinating the partners will be the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE). Financial partners include the EGA and the PGA European Tour (PGAET).

Fredrik Lindgren, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at the PGAET said:

“It is great news that European golf has been recognised as a positive contributor to the health enhancing physical activity aims of the European Commission. We look forward to working with our European partners to engage young people in golf across the five countries involved in this Erasmus+ project and to showcase the work at European Tour events and during the European Week of Sport.“

Czech Golf Federation (CGF) Vice-president, Miroslav Holub has stated:

“We believe that this research/project will have a huge impact on CGF’s future projects as well as on future projects implemented by other federations.”

An Expert Advisory Board comprising seven members will contribute strategic value to the initiative, namely:

  • The dynamics, structure and organisation of the European golf sector
  • Golf coaching and specific outreach to minority groups
  • Gender equality
  • Sports management and research
  • The health and social benefits to be gained by all members of society through regular physical activity
  • Youth engagement
  • EU sport policy

In alignment with the EU Physical Activity Guidelines, it is envisioned that the GoGolf! project will offer a valuable contribution towards the wider objective of increasing the physical activity levels of European citizens. Golf can function as an important vehicle for introducing children to sport, providing continuity into later life.

The planned deliverables for the project will include:

  • A core participation-driving framework, which is flexible for integration according to the specific variables of each national environment
  • A platform for pan-European knowledge sharing
  • A published comprehensive overview of the health benefits of playing golf
  • A validated European blueprint for increasing golf participation through targeted junior programmes in EU Member States
  • An information booklet for children on healthy living and the sport of golf
  • An awareness-raising website and promotional film.

The GoGolf! project aligns well with Golf Europe’s strategy to promote golf as a growing sport, valued as a force for good in European society. It is foreseen to be implemented over three years.

For more information, please contact the Golf Europe office: info@ega-golf.ch.

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European Golf Federations’ Conference Looks to the Future http://www.pgae.com/news/olympics/european-golf-federations-conference-looks-to-the-future/ Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:06:56 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11126 Delegates from across Europe gathered at Wentworth Club today for a European Golf Federations’ Conference exploring some of the challenges and key opportunities]]>

Delegates from across Europe gathered at Wentworth Club today for a European Golf Federations’ Conference exploring some of the challenges and key opportunities for golf particularly through the reintroduction of golf into the Olympics.

Hosted by The European Tour and chaired by Chief Executive George O’Grady, representatives from 16 European Federations, the International Golf Federation, The R&A, European Golf Association, Ladies European Tour and PGA’s of Europe joined The European Tour for a series of key note presentations and discussions focused on the future of the game at both the professional and amateur level.

The discussion kicked off with a session on “Golf in the Olympics” with O’Grady, who instigated the conference ahead of his transition to becoming President of International Relations when he steps down as Chief Executive in the summer, being joined on the panel by Peter Dawson, Chief Executive The R&A and President of the IGF, Antony Scanlon, Executive Director, IGF, Ivan Khodabakhsh, Chief Executive of the Ladies European Tour, and David Garland, The European Tour’s Director of Tour Operations, as they presented an overview of the Olympic effect.

The “Challenges Facing Europe” session explored areas such as improving the image of the game, how venues are reacting to a changing leisure environment and how the Tour can strengthen the links between the amateur and professional game with Mark Lichtenhein, The European Tour’s Head of TV, Digital Media and Technology, David MacLaren, Director of European Tour Properties, and Alain de Soultrait, Director of European Challenge Tour, leading the debate.

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Some case studies centred around golf participation, presented by Christophe Muniesa, General Secretary, French Golf Federation, Marcus Neumann, Member of the Board – Sports, German Golf Federation, Lubos Klikar,, Sport Director, Czech Republic Golf Federation and Morten Backhausen, Director, Danish Golf Federation, provided plenty of valuable insights into initiatives such as the short courses in France, trends in ‘pay-and-play’ and opportunities to attract more juniors into the game.

Golf Europe – a group of European golf stakeholders collaborating to grow golf and enhance the sport’s contribution to European society  – concluded the conference by outlining its plans and objectives for the future and to introduce GoGolf, an Erasmus+ funded initiative designed to engage young people in golf at a pan-European level and enhance the evidence base of the health benefits of golf.  The  panel featured Richard Heath, General Secretary of the EGA, Steve Isaac,  Director – Golf Course Management, The R&A, Mike Round, Director of Development and Membership, Ladies European Tour, Ian Randell, Chief Executive, PGAs of Europe, and Fredrik Lindgren, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, European Tour.

George O’Grady said: “I would like to thank all the Presidents of Federations and other stakeholders for their time and making the effort inn coming here to Wentworth for what I am sure all will agree was a very useful and enjoyable experience. The timing of this conference heralds golf’s return to the Olympics, a once in a lifetime opportunity for our game and today highlighted many ways we can work together to collectively drive golf forward.”

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Donato Di Ponziano Announced as India’s First Master Teaching Professional http://www.pgae.com/news/donato-di-ponziano-announced-as-indias-first-master-teaching-professional/ Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:54:44 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11074 Past PGAs of Europe Honorary President, Donato Di Ponziano, has been given the honour of becoming India’s first ‘Master Teaching Professional’ by the Indian Gol]]>

Past PGAs of Europe Honorary President, Donato Di Ponziano, has been given the honour of becoming India’s first ‘Master Teaching Professional’ by the Indian Golf Union (IGU) at a recent ceremony at the DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi.

Di Ponziano has been a regular visitor to India to support the development of golf in the country for over 20 years.  The honour comes in recognition of his assistance in establishing the National Golf Academy of India (NGAI) and subsequent development of many of the country’s coaches.

“Through  Donato Di Ponziano’s vision, strong focus and effective leadership, The Indian Golf Union established ‘The National Golf Academy of India’ almost a decade back,” said President of the Indian Golf Union, Jaydeep Chitlangia.

“It has created a pool of trained and dedicated golf coaches, and as a result of his efforts Indians now compete at the highest level of the game.  It is befitting that the NGAI and IGU are honouring  Donato Di Ponziano with this title in the 10th year of the NGAI.”

Article-Header-Images_Donato-Di-Ponziano“Receiving this award today fills me with great satisfaction,” said Di Ponziano.  “I wish to thank the IGU who felt that I deserved the award, Indian golf professionals without which, in truth, I would never be successful in a project so ambitious, and also The R&A and the PGAs of Europe for the help they have given to continue to grow the missionary projects for developing the sport.”

Chairperson of the NGAI, Dr. Satbinder Singh, added, “We at the IGU and at the NGAI are proud to confer this title on  Donato for his support in establishing the NGAI, which  hugely contributed towards the scientific training and teaching  of Golf Coaches and resulted in the growth of game in the country.”

Jesse Grewal, Director of the NGAI, also said “For Teaching Professionals in India, Donato has always been our ‘guru’. Thus it is befitting that Donato is the first Master Teaching Professional.”

For more information on the Indian Golf Union visit www.indiangolfunion.org.

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PGAs of Europe Adopt Amended Groove Rule for All Tournaments http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-adopt-amended-groove-rule-for-all-tournaments/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:14:12 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=10640 The PGAs of Europe have adopted the rule relating to grooves that was effective from the January 1st 2010, as part of the Association’s conditions of competitio]]>

The PGAs of Europe have adopted the rule relating to grooves that was effective from the January 1st 2010, as part of the Association’s conditions of competition.

The changes to the Conditions of Competition will take effect from 1st June 2015 for all Professional tournaments organised and sanctioned by The PGAs of Europe.

By adopting the recommendations and introducing the Condition of Competition on its ‘Hard Card’ for 2015’, all events administered by the PGAs of Europe from the 1st of June 2015 will require professionals to use clubs that conform to these rules.

Any Professional wishing to participate in any tournaments on the PGAs of Europe event schedule must ensure that the equipment they use from 1st June 2015 onwards conforms to the Condition of Competition. To that end there are several key facts to keep in mind:

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If you have clubs manufactured before 1 January 2010 you will be able to conduct an on-line search at:

http://www.randa.org/en/Equipment/Equipment-Search/Informational-Clubs.aspx

This should highlight whether the club has been tested for conformity by the R&A or USGA and give the results of that test under the “Meets 2010 Groove Specs” column:

i. ‘YES’ – This means the club has been tested and does conform to the Rules. Use of this club is safe and it will not be tested in the future.
ii. ‘NO’ – This means the club has been tested and does not conform to the Rules. Use of this club would result in a breach of the Condition of Competition.
iii. ‘ATR’ – This means that ‘Additional Testing is Required’ to determine conformity. The club should be tested or left out of the bag.
iv. ‘Not listed’ – The club(s) should be tested or left out of the bag.

Further guidance on how to interpret the database results can be found at:

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Manufacturers have been generally making new models of clubs which conform to these Rules since 2010. Therefore, new models of clubs manufactured after 1 January 2010 should conform but will not be listed on the database above since this is only for pre-2010 models.

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All clubs, excluding the driver and putter, will be subject to the Condition of Competition.  This includes individual 1 or 2 irons and wedges, as well as hybrids and fairway woods.

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The responsibility for having clubs which conform to the new specification lies with each competitor.  In keeping with the self governing spirit of golf, PGAs of Europe Staff will not check your clubs unless this is requested but will investigate any questions raised about conformity, regardless of when such a question is raised.

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The penalty for a breach of the Condition of Competition could be disqualification.  The same penalty applies in a situation where the conformity of a club used by a competitor is questioned during competition and the club subsequently fails a conformity test.

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PGAs of Europe staff will not have the ability to conduct a test for conformity at events, although they are available to help with database searches if required and to facilitate communication with R&A staff.

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It is strongly recommended that any doubts about the conformity of clubs be raised well in advance as it can take several days to perform tests.

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Please be aware that the PGAs of Europe reserves the right to have any club tested at any time, even if this involves the club being sent to the R&A at St. Andrews.  When conducting an on-line equipment search, PGA Members who compete in a PGAs of Europe competition must be sure the club being investigated matches the club referred to in the test data.  Additional information to help identification can be found under most entries in the database by clicking ‘Identification Markings’ under the club name.

Please note that the above addition to the PGAs of Europe’s Conditions of Competition does not apply to amateurs participating in PGAs of Europe sanctioned Pro-Am tournaments.

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A Lifetime of Achievement for Ryder Cup Legend, Bernard Gallacher http://www.pgae.com/news/a-lifetime-of-achievement-for-ryder-cup-legend-bernard-gallacher/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:14:39 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=7414 Three-time Ryder Cup Captain, Bernard Gallacher OBE, has been presented with the 2014 PGAs of Europe Lifetime Achievement Award at...]]>

Three-time Ryder Cup Captain, Bernard Gallacher OBE, has been presented with the 2014 PGAs of Europe Lifetime Achievement Award at the Association’s flagship event, the Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex.

The Lifetime Achievement Award looks to recognise an individual’s exceptional achievements in golf and Gallacher’s outstanding career from early beginnings as a PGA professional, an exemplary tournament record including eight Ryder Cup appearances as a player and three as a Captain, and more recently charitable work focusing on the well-being of golfers across the UK with the provision of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at golf clubs.

“It was an honour to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and follow in the footsteps of last years recipient and friend Tony Jacklin,” explained Gallacher.  “I have always considered myself a club professional who also plays tournament golf.”

The Annual Congress is a yearly gathering of representatives from across the PGAs of Europe’s 36 member countries and gives an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and knowledge:

“The Annual Congress is an important event for the development of golf in Europe,” said Gallacher.  “The awards evening highlighted the good work done by normally unheralded hard working professionals from all over the continent.”

Gallacher’s golfing career started in the early 60s and it was not long before he began picking up trophies including the Lothians Golf Association Boys Championship In 1965 followed by the 1967 Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship.

He turned Professional that same year and immediately took home the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 68, and then became the youngest man to represent Great Britain in the Ryder Cup at the 1969 matches at Royal Birkdale, UK.

From there his Ryder Cup career spiralled with a total of eight playing appearances and then three captaincies including the a 14.5 to 13.5 victory on opposition soil at Oak Hill Country Club, USA.

Gallacher’s PGA roots were never far away though as he was the club Professional at Wentworth Golf Club from 1975 until 1996, the same year he was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE).

More recently in August 2013, Gallacher suffered a sudden cardiac arrest whilst speaking at an evening function near Aberdeen, UK.  If it was not for the immediate action of staff with CPR training and an AED being on site at the hotel then his story may have panned out differently.

Using his personal experience as a catalyst along with the help of the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland and UK-based charity, Arrhythmia Alliance, Gallacher launched a Defibrillator campaign to support the placement of AEDs in golf clubs across the United Kingdom to give access to life-saving equipment in the event of sudden cardiac arrests.

Find out more about all of 2014’s Award Winners here: http://eur.pe/2014AnnualCongress.

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The 2014 Annual Congress Gala Awards are supported by Rolex and the Ryder Cup European Development Trust and hosted by Gloria Hotels & Resorts – for more information on the event partners visit http://eur.pe/2014AnnualCongress.

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PGAs of Europe Receive EGCOA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Golf Business http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-receive-egcoa-award-for-outstanding-contribution-to-golf-business/ Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:01:42 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=6940 The European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) has awarded the PGAs of Europe the 2014 EGCOA Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the golf business and the development of golf across the continent.]]>

The European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) has awarded the PGAs of Europe the 2014 EGCOA Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the golf business and the development of golf across the continent.

The EGCOA’s highest annual accolade was presented to the Association at the 9th European Golf Business Conference hosted by the EGCOA in Barcelona where over 500 golf courses were represented with delegates hailing from 27 countries.

The EGCOA and PGAs of Europe have worked closely for a number of years across a variety of European-focused projects specifically on developing the game and enabling the owners and Professionals to have a greater understanding of each other’s needs.

“Receiving the EGCOA Award is a great honour and a pleasure for me to be able to collect on behalf of the Association and our 36 Member Country PGAs,” explained PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell, upon receiving the award. “The EGCOA and PGAs of Europe share a common desire for advancement of the game and we are very pleased that the EGCOA have recognised the role the PGA Professional has to play in attracting and retaining golfers, and the ultimate advancement of the game.

“I also want to take the opportunity to congratulate the EGCOA on the development of their Vision 20/20 project, which highlights some of the key opportunities for the future of golf. We are very proud to receive the award and will continue our work together for the benefit of the game.”

The PGAs of Europe and EGCOA have collaborated on projects for over six years, including the hugely successful Golf Stand Project, allowing both organisations to learn more about each other’s roles and activities:

“The EGCOA was very impressed by the excellent work that the PGAs of Europe developed for the occupational standards for golf in the Golf Stand project,” said EGCOA President, Alexander Baron von Spoercken. “They have time and time again shown their dedication to investing in the advancement of the golf industry and the Profession…and, along the work the PGAs of Europe have done on collective projects like the Grow the Game website and the Economic Impact on golf in Europe, have shown them to be a truly loyal and hardworking partner organisation.”

For more information on the EGCOA and the Vision 20/20 project visit www.EGCOA.eu.

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PGAs of Europe Receive EGCOA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Golf Business