2016 Annual Congress

January 17 - January 20. 2017

Event List

Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Belek, Turkey, will again host the PGAs of Europe’s flagship Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) events from 17th to 20th January.

The Annual Congress is the Association’s yearly opportunity to bring together representatives from its 36 Member Country PGAs all under one roof to meet with each other to discuss and share ideas, progress and various ways to advance their organisations and golf in general.

Gloria Hotels & Resorts

Web: Gloria.com.tr
Tel: +90 242 710 06 00

Gloria Hotels & Resort opened its doors in 1997 with the Gloria Golf Resort and Gloria Golf Club. The Resort went on to incorporate Gloria Verde Resort in 2001 and as well as Gloria Serenity Resort in 2007. Over the past decade, Özaltin Holding has developed loyal repeat guests that are among the world's most discerning travellers and has earned an award-winning reputation as a company consistently redefining the tourism industry standards.

Since opening, the Gloria Courses have hosted 4 Senior European Tour Events, 4 Turkish Amateur Championships , The KPMG World Golf Forum, the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships and the 2013 PGAs of Europe Beko Classic.

Gloria Hotels & Resorts brings legendary Turkish hospitality to guests from both Turkey and around the world. At Gloria, guests become part of the family. From sunrise to sunset, professional and highly trained staff attend to every detail that goes into making a vacation or special event memorable. All with that extra special Turkish touch. Rich service. Lavish accommodations.

Grounds that are as meticulous as they are mesmerising. At Gloria Hotels and Resorts, that's only the beginning.

Address

Gloria Hotels & Resorts
Acısu Mevkii
Belek
Serik
Antalya
Turkey

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Gloria Hotels & Resorts

Web: www.Gloria.com.tr
Tel: +90 242 710 06 00

Gloria Hotels & Resort opened its doors in 1997 with the Gloria Golf Resort and Gloria Golf Club. The Resort went on to incorporate Gloria Verde Resort in 2001 and as well as Gloria Serenity Resort in 2007. Over the past decade, Özaltin Holding has developed loyal repeat guests that are among the world's most discerning travellers and has earned an award-winning reputation as a company consistently redefining the tourism industry standards.

Since opening, the Gloria Courses have hosted 4 Senior European Tour Events, 4 Turkish Amateur Championships , The KPMG World Golf Forum, the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships and the 2013 PGAs of Europe Beko Classic.

Gloria Hotels & Resorts brings legendary Turkish hospitality to guests from both Turkey and around the world. At Gloria, guests become part of the family. From sunrise to sunset, professional and highly trained staff attend to every detail that goes into making a vacation or special event memorable. All with that extra special Turkish touch. Rich service. Lavish accommodations.

Grounds that are as meticulous as they are mesmerising. At Gloria Hotels and Resorts, that's only the beginning.

Ryder Cup European Development Trust

Web: www.RCTrust.info

The Ryder Cup European Development Trust was set up in order to support golf at grass roots level throughout Europe. The idea of the Trust is to get more people starting to play golf, continuing to play and ultimately succeeding in the game.

Samuel Ryder started the Ryder Cup in 1927, and after some 65 years of the competition being under the ownership of The PGA, it was then run as a 50/50 joint venture with The European Tour.

In 2004 a new Ryder Cup agreement was drawn up, to involve The PGAs of Europe through a charitable trust, changing the split to 60/20/20, with the European Tour becoming the managing partner. At the same time the Ryder Cup European Development Trust was created, in order to allow Ryder Cup to put even more back into grass roots golf across the continent. The PGA remained significantly involved as the founding partner.

The Ryder Cup European Development Trust is a registered charity under the control of The PGAs of Europe, with objectives to further develop golf across Europe. The Trust manages its share of profits from the Ryder Cup in a tax-efficient method to give the Trust the opportunity to maximise funds to contribute to golf projects across Europe.

Rolex

Web: www.Rolex.com

Rolex support the PGAs of Europe Annual Gala Awards.

The history of Rolex and Swiss watchmaking are inextricably linked. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, and has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history.

Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet.

Switzerland is the crucible where Rolex watches are brought to life thanks to the know-how and commitment of more than 6,000 employees at the brand’s four sites, all at the cutting edge of watchmaking technology.

BMW

Web: www.BMWGroup.com

BMW provide the transfer services for Delegates and ITC Competitors during the Congress week.

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2013, the BMW Group sold approximately 1.963 million cars and 115,215 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2013 was € 7.91 billion on revenues amounting to approximately € 76.06 billion. As of 31 December 2013, the BMW Group had a workforce of 110,351 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Pierre Bechmann

  • PGAs of Europe
  • Honorary President

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris in 1957, Bechmann has been influential throughout the game from local club level where he has been President of his home club, Golf de Chantilly, since 2010, all the way up to national and international levels, including time served on The R&A’s General Committee, Championship and Rules of Golf Committees, as well as The R&A Coaching Panel.  Pierre is also a former captain of The Royal St George’s Golf Club and plays to a handicap of 9.  Pierre is currently PGAs of Europe Honorary President.

Neville Gaunt

Neville is the CEO of Mind Fit focused on improving and sustaining the performance of organisations. Developing the right attitude and best leaders that engage and inspire the organisation will create the best culture and guarantee success.

Since leaving the corporate world in 2002 he has been busy: Co-author of “Is your mind fit for golf? The missing link to your success..” and ”Mind Fit Golf For Kids”; keynote speaker; experienced business advisor; non-executive director and specialist with turnarounds and start-ups.

Neville has a long career in FTSE 250 companies at both strategic and operational levels. His corporate and commercial finance background is gained over 30 years in international businesses mainly in the oil and gas industry, dealing with large and small businesses and complex supply chains. He has an accomplished track record of negotiating the business maze of short and long term commercial, political and environmental forces that influence all decisions.

Dr. Roger Hawkes

Dr Roger Hawkes MB ChB  Dip. Sports Med. FFSEM (UK& Ire) is a consultant in Sport and Exercise Physician and the Chief Medical Officer of the European Tour and has been the European team doctor at the last 6 Ryder Cups.

He started his sports medicine career in the early 90s as medical officer for Tamworth Football Club and the Tamworth Trojans American Football team. He devised the first exercise referral system in Tamworth and was vociferous  in promoting the role of exercise in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  His sports medicine training culminated in acceptance onto the new Sport and Exercise Specialist Register in 2010 and served on  the Council of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine between 2011 and 2016.

He has been worked for the European Tour for 25 years and was appointed in 2007 as their Chief Medical Officer. He has been involved in the research and development of medical services for Tour players, caddies and staff and leads a strong academic board and has published  a number of papers on wrist and hip injuries etc in golf. He was also been very involved in the development of an anti-doping policy for the European Tour and has recently been appointed to the Medical Commission of the International Golf Federation. He is an honorary lecturer at the Olympic legacy funded Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at UCL in London and also as an Honorary Consultant at UCH in London.

In the last 3 years he has promoted the role of golf in health and this has culminated in the Golf and Health project which he is the Executive Director and is going to talk about this week. The project is funded but the World Golf Foundation and supported by the PGAs of Europe and includes a PhD student, Dr Andrew Murray at the University of Edinburgh. The scoping review which was published in August is considered the most thorough review of an sport and challenges other sports to use the same methodology and so allow comparison  to inform sports people and policy makers. But that is just the beginning and he is hopeful that there is more to come. How this will be used to promote golf will be discussed.

Dan Killen

My father introduced me to golf at the age of 10, something looking back now I wish had happened earlier. Golf has always been my main passion in life from an early age. SNAG was introduced to me 6 years ago, after using the product and helping to introduce children and beginners to the game, I developed an interest in golf development.

Following the success of this I was approached by then company responsible for SNAG to work with the product on a day-to-day basis, an opportunity I could not refuse. Although not involved in the direct delivery on a daily basis I was introduced into the broader spectrum of developing the game globally.

After nearly 4 years I was presented with the opportunity to work at the award winning Quinta Do Lago resort in Portugal. Giving me an opportunity to experience an alternative side of the golf industry, something I thought would be a great experience, personally, professionally and the prospect of sun all year round was hard to turn down. After some time in Portugal I was offered the chance to rekindle my love of SNAG, with my current company GSA Golfsports in Germany. Even in the short time away from SNAG it is exciting to see how the concept has developed and the exciting opportunities ahead.

John Paramor

He abandoned all thoughts and dreams of playing Golf for a living having seen, at close quarters, the likes of Neil Coles, Bernard Hunt and Peter Butler play while caddying for the latter. After his season together, Peter arranged an interview with Ken Schofield at The European Tour and he joined as a trainee Rules Official the day after his 21st Birthday. Trying to imitate George O’Grady and Tony Gray, he was given his first event in charge in August 1979, becoming a Tournament Director in 1980 and Director of Tour Operations in 1985. He was appointed Chief Referee of the European Tour in 1991.

Having just passed his 100th Golf Major Championship he is fast closing in on his 1000th Tournament. In 2016 he had the honour of becoming Chief Referee at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Married to Katie for almost 40 years, he has three grown up children and is looking forward to becoming a grandfather later this year!

Ken Schofield

Ken Schofield CBE is principally known for his tenure as Executive Director of the European Tour from 1975 until handing over to colleague and Deputy, George O’Grady, in 2005. He commanded an administration that guided Europe’s diverse talents into a united force capable of massive international achievements.

Now, in his many roles as a writer, broadcaster (Golf Channel USA), speaker and consultant to various authorities including the Tour, Scho eld’s vast experience continues to bene t the still developing world of golf.

Ken is a current Board Member for the PGAs of Europe and has been honoured numerous times for his services to golf, including being made Commander of the British Empire in 1996, and being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

Detlef van Burgeler

Detlef is a Certified sports education trainer (German Sports College Cologne) and is a Certified Tennis Coach of the VDT and German Tennis Federation.

Working for about 20 years as a Tennis Coach and owner of several Tennis schools in Germany.

Playing Golf since 1988 and working as a Demo Rep for Callaway  from 1995 to 2005.

Started to work in golf business at ORGAHEAD GmbH Golfsports in March of 2008 as sales manager for Germany-South, Austria and Switzerland.

With several new ideas and marketing actions he has established US Kids Golf in these countries to a market share of more than 50% in youth golf clubs.

Tony Westwood

I started playing golf at aged 4. Self-taught until turning professional in 1985. Having had some success competing I never made the breakthrough to the level I expected. A personal tragedy in the mid 90’s changed my world and after finding my feet with the help and support of many I started to look at golf differently.

Now, having been involved in professional golf for over 30 years, I have spent the last 16 of those looking at simpler ways to help golfers improve and understand their golf more. I reached the point where I was needing to do some research into why what I was doing worked and it was at this point I was introduced to Neville Gaunt the CEO of Mind Fit, Neville gave me a copy of ‘Mind Fit for Success’ and I no longer needed to do any research. I discovered that my approach helped the golfer to achieve a ‘can do’ mindset and I have been involved now with Mind Fit since 2013. Our approach is unique as it works from the ‘inside out’ (like coaching but better) and helps each individual to build a platform from where they can operate successfully, more flexible and adaptable.

Attitudes and behaviours drive performance and create habits, whether good or bad and we help each individual or team to understand and become aware of the attitudes and behaviours that influence their performance by raising their awareness.

16th January - Arrivals

19:00 -

Welcome Reception

Lobby Bar

17th January - Congress Day 1 / ITC Round 1

9:00 - 17:00

Delegate Registrations

14:00 - 17:00

Membership & Education Workshops

Faces II & III

18th January - Congress Day 2 / ITC Round 2

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome

Ian Randell

8:45 - 10:45

“Sharing Experience & Success - Part 2”

PGA of Belgium – “Working Together to Build a Sustainable Education
Programme” (Bernard De Bruyckere / Sophie Leten)

Bulgarian Golf – “The Benefits of Hosting Events in Emerging
Countries” (Ian Randell / Alan Rogut)

PGA of Germany – “Golf Clinics” (Rainer Goldrian)

PGA of Slovenia – “The Value of Bringing In External Expertise” (Boris
Kosuta / Jernej Semolič)

PGA of South Africa – “Valuing the Pro” (Ivano Ficalbi / Andrew Gunn)

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45

Communications Masterclass: “#Engaging & Promoting Your Members”

Aston Ward

12:45 -

Lunch

Hotel

14:00 -

9-Holes Verde

Gloria Golf Club (Shotgun Start)

19th January - Congress Day 3 / ITC Round 3

8:30 - 9:00

Transfers to Gloria Sports Arena

Powered by BMW

9:00 - 10:00

Tour of Gloria Sports Arena & Experiences

10:00 - 10:45

“Golf is Good For You – The Golf & Health Project”

Dr. Roger Hawkes (Chief Medical Officer, European Tour)

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 13:00

“MindFit to Lead Your Association”

Neville Gaunt & Tony Westwood, Mind Fit

13:00 -

Lunch

Sports Arena

14:00 - 16:30

9-Holes Old Course

Gloria Golf Club (Front Nine, Shotgun Start)

16:30 - 18:00

Prize Giving & Sponsor Networking

Gloria Golf Club

20th January - Congress Day 4 / ITC Round 4 & Gala Dinner

9:00 - 9:30

AGM

9:30 - 10:30

“Golf: Future Evolutions”

Pierre Bechmann, Ken Schofield, George O’Grady

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

“From First Touch to the Tour – Ideas to Develop the Game”

Dan Killen, Ian Randell, Detlef van Burgeler

12:00 - 12:45

"Tales From the Tour"

John Paramor (Chief Referee, European Tour)

12:45 - 13:00

Annual Congress Conclusions

13:00 -

Lunch

Hotel

13:15 - 13:30

Transfers to Golf Club for ITC Final Round

18:45 - 19:15

Transfers from Serenity to Convention Centre

Powered by BMW

19:00 -

Gala Dinner

Convention Centre

22:30 - 23:15

Transfers from Convention Centre to Serenity

Powered by BMW

21st January - Departures

2016 Annual Congress Awards Supported by Rolex

As is tradition, the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress culminated with the presentation of the Association’s most prestigious accolades at the Gala Dinner Annual Awards supported by Rolex that look to recognise the outstanding efforts of individuals and organisations from across the continent.

5-Star Professional Award – Alan Walker Christer Lindberg Bowl – John Paramor President’s Award For Golf Development – Uroš Gregorič John Jacobs Teaching & Coaching Award – Mike Walker


5-Star Professional Award – Alan Walker

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

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

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Christer Lindberg Bowl – John Paramor

World-renowned rules official and European Tour Chief Referee, John Paramor, has been awarded the Christer Lindberg Bowl at the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex.

The award, named after the PGAs of Europe’s first Chairman, is awarded to individuals or organisations in recognition of their impact on, and services to, golf.

Paramor is the deserving winner of the award having worked as a rules official for the European Tour for over 40 years, becoming one of the most highly respected and esteemed referees in golf, and playing his part in the evolution of the Rules of Golf and the way that they are taught to golfers and PGA Professionals across the globe.

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President’s Award For Golf Development – Uroš Gregorič

Vice President and Head of Education of the PGA of Slovenia, Uroš Gregorič, has received the President’s Award for Golf Development from the PGAs of Europe at the Association’s Gala Awards supported by Rolex.

The President’s Award for Golf Development acknowledges the work of an individual or specific project that has excelled in developing golf.  Gregorič’s efforts in ensuring Slovenian Professionals are expertly trained and are developing the sport effectively, along with his own golf development activities as a coach for the Slovenian and Serbian national teams and at his own academy, exemplify this.

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John Jacobs Teaching & Coaching Award – Mike Walker

Mike Walker, coach of Masters champion Danny Willett, has been awarded the John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching at the PGAs of Europe’s Annual Congress Gala Awards supported by Rolex.

Walker was nominated by the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland and acknowledged with the accolade due to being seen as one of the world’s leading coaches having brought success to over 40 European Tour players over the past 10 years.

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