PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:57:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Benchmarking Performance: A Facility’s Secret Weapon http://www.pgae.com/ask/benchmarking-performance-a-facilitys-secret-weapon/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/benchmarking-performance-a-facilitys-secret-weapon/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:18:13 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18191

Getting the full picture of how your golf club is performing means you also need to know how you are measuring up against your competitors and the overall golf market.

 Here the PGAs of Europe and PGA Professional, Mark Taylor, explore this underutilised area of management looking at where to start and what to think about when it comes to benchmarking your facility…

Certainly many factors influence a club’s reputation and performance including; perception of the club’s brand, the quality of the course, course activity levels, recognition of the bottom line value of guest play; to name just a few!!

 

Benchmarking is a tool that provides facilities and management teams a way to compare their clubs with peers.

Here’s what to consider when benchmarking…

Benchmarking is a process for golf operations seeking to compare financial performance and operating metrics to others in the same industry and re-align business strategies that have become unsuitable.

Through considering the results and practices of others in the same space, an enterprise can potentially improve its own understanding and management of processes and practices.

Information is crucial, and this is accessible from various sources:

  • Competitor golf club websites and social media space
  • ‘Mystery shop’ your local golf clubs
  • Understanding trends in the market and adapting to meet those needs
  • Golf Benchmark National/International comparisons and metrics (e.g KPMG)
  • Benchmarking in local areas or regions

The factors that you may wish to consider in benchmarking competitors are:

  • Membership numbers and fees
  • Membership Retention
  • Visitor fee prices
  • Visitor packages
  • Food & Beverage
  • Golf Course reviews
  • PGA Professional Golf services, retail, membership sales and coaching provision
  • Is the PGA Professional active within recruitment & retention strategies?
  • Where and how competitors are marketing?
  • Are you comparing like for like products?
  • Is your benchmarking SMART in each area of comparison?

Only by knowing the answers to these basic questions and understanding where you fit in the local marketplace, can you be realistic about what is feasible.

The questions you wish to ask competitors may also vary – for example, in European tourist weighted/seasonal destinations, the benchmarking process may need to be adjusted to identify different gaps in a business from a conventional ‘member’ golf facility.

For venues that either currently benchmark or are evaluating the use of benchmarking processes, there are several factors to consider:

Resource:

Benchmarking is an important resource that a club has at its disposal and should be considered both during budgeting and strategic planning.

Planning:

Benchmarking helps club committees/course owners and management teams deliberate about plans and operations in new and more intelligent ways. It may also help reduce input drawn from other industries that may not apply to golf clubs and facilities. The operating, financing, investment, marketing and governance practices of golf clubs all have their own unique characteristics.

Understand the Limitations:

The first thing to understand is both the goals and the limitations of benchmarking.  It is, after all, a tool and not an answer. Comparing your club to others of similar standing should identify disparities that are worth understanding.  It is not a case of right or wrong, it is just a process to help develop more thoughtful questions and a better understanding of the surprising intricacy of the golf business.

Be sure to benchmark against a comparable set of venues…

In selecting facilities to benchmark against, it is important to choose a peer set with similar amenities. Comparing a golf-only club against clubs that provide, for example, leisure club integrated golf/leisure membership or dual course options etc. would make the comparison less meaningful.

For the same purpose, simply selecting clubs in your geographic area may not produce the most meaningful result. Comparing yourself with clubs of your general revenue size and, to the extent available, other factors including number of golf holes, amenity offerings, F&B revenues, etc. will help produce more telling results.  Studies have proven that geography means far less than one might intuitively suspect…

In addition to financial data, benchmarking operating data such as golf rounds played; the financing of capital expenditures, member numbers, membership costs, joining fees, governance practices etc. can be very valuable.

Key personnel within the club, including PGA Professionals have the ability and knowledge to treat this level of information with the respect it deserves and use it to drive positive change, improve service levels and profits, both in their business or for their employing club.

While the business model of golf is often consistent from venue to venue, each individual business is unique and is therefore required to make decisions based on their individual needs.

Benchmarking should not be considered a one-off exercise… To be effective, it must become an integral part of an ongoing improvement process, the goal being to be informed of ever-improving best practices and implement the necessary interventions to close the performance gap.

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Mark Taylor is a Development Officer for England Golf, a Fellow PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, as well as a PGA Tutor and an R&A Golf Development Professional.

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John Jacobs Memorial Service – 22nd May http://www.pgae.com/news/john-jacobs-memorial-service-22nd-may/ http://www.pgae.com/news/john-jacobs-memorial-service-22nd-may/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:07:14 +0000 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.

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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Pinehurst Pro-Am Success For Little http://www.pgae.com/news/pinehurst-pro-am-success-for-little/ http://www.pgae.com/news/pinehurst-pro-am-success-for-little/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:51:05 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18471

Former European Tour Member, Sam Little, completed a dominant wire-to-wire success at the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am at the Pinehurst Resort in the USA.

 

“It has been fantastic,” said Little after a final round of 73 (+1) moved him to seven-under (281), 12-shots clear of the rest of the field. “I played solid all week…and Pinehurst has been a dream venue for me to come and play.

“To play on a golf course where guys have won the US Open is a great experience and I loved every minute of it.”

There was a tie for second between the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s, Darren Bragg, and the PGA of America’s, Troy Helseth, both of whom finished on five-over (293).

“I played well for two days and played okay for the other two days,” explained Helseth. “To be able to play a Donald Ross course here was unbelievable.”

Bragg carded the best round of the day, a four-under 68, which included a remarkable hole-in-one on the par 3 17th.

“I am completely speechless,” said Bragg. “To get a hole-in-one on Pinehurst No.2, on the last day of the event is an unbelievable feeling.”

The team of Helseth and amateurs David RobinsonDennis Rosenblum and Vic Cohen, ran away with the Pro-Am Competition, finishing with 346 points (-58).

Team Cutting were a distant second on 327 points (-39), with Team Little a further three points behind.

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

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

To find out more about Golfbreaks.com visit http://www.golfbreaks.com/pga-pro.

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Sam Little Takes Big Lead Into Final Round http://www.pgae.com/news/sam-little-takes-big-lead-into-final-round/ http://www.pgae.com/news/sam-little-takes-big-lead-into-final-round/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:49:23 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18461

Sam Little heads into the final round of the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am with a dominant nine-shot lead after a fine round of 69 (-3) on the No. 4 Course at Pinehurst Resort, USA.

The Englishman [pictured, right] was once again in scintillating form, carding five birdies on the day, and finds himself with a three-round total of 208 (-8). In second place, on one-over (217), is PGA of America Professional, Troy Helseth.

In the Pro-Am Competition, Helseth and his team have stretched their lead to 20 points, after their -15 round moves them to 265 points (-49). Team Cutting are their closest pursuers, but have it all to do as the final round moves to the iconic No.2 Course.

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

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

To find out more about Golfbreaks.com visit http://www.golfbreaks.com/pga-pro.

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Little Pulls Clear at Pinehurst Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/little-pulls-clear-at-pinehurst-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/little-pulls-clear-at-pinehurst-pro-am/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:57:59 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18455

Sam Little increased his lead to eight shots after a one-under round of 71, moving him to five-under through two rounds of the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am.

The former European Tour Member held a two-shot lead overnight and was the only player to shoot under par on the No. 9 Course at Pinehurst Resort, USA. His closest pursuer, but a distant second on three-over is the PGA of America’s Troy Helseth.

However, Helseth and his team continue to lead the Pro-Am Competition on 178 points (-34) after they scored a second round of 84 points (-12). They have a 16-point cushion over Team Little going into Round 03 of the Pro-Am, which moves to the No. 4 Course.

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

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

To find out more about Golfbreaks.com visit http://www.golfbreaks.com/pga-pro.

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Little Sets Pace at Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/little-sets-pace-at-golfbreaks-com-pinehurst-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/little-sets-pace-at-golfbreaks-com-pinehurst-pro-am/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:45:02 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18444

Former European Tour Member, Sam Little, got off to a fast start on his first visit to the iconic Pinehurst Resort in the USA for the first round of the 2017 Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am.

A strong four-under par 68 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed No. 9 Course saw him take the early initiative with a two-shot cushion over his nearest rival, the PGA of America’s Troy Helseth, who signed for a two-under par 70.

In the Team Pro-Am competition it was a role reversal, with Team Helseth taking the lead after a scintillating 94 points (-22). Even a double eagle by Team Little on the par five 10th, with amateur Nick Lines matching Sam’s Eagle efforts couldn’t close the gap.

The early pace setters hold an eight-point lead over Team Little going into Round 02 that will be held on the Tom Fazio-designed No. 8 course.

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

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

To find out more about Golfbreaks.com visit http://www.golfbreaks.com/pga-pro.

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Shave Completes Wire-to-Wire Success http://www.pgae.com/news/shave-completes-wire-to-wire-success/ http://www.pgae.com/news/shave-completes-wire-to-wire-success/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:07:57 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18422

PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Craig Shave, produced a dominant display to win the fourth edition of the La Manga Club International Pro-Am in Spain by seven shots.

“It was a tough day today – I struggled a bit,” said Shave, after his one-over final round of 74 gave him a three-round total of 210 (-7). “It was really windy and I made a double bogey down the fourth…but I’m glad to get the job done with a birdie at the last.”

 

Shave opened with an excellent six-under round of 67: “It helped me out a lot really, because I wasn’t that great over the last two days!”

Having been runner-up in the event last year, the Englishman was ultimately a solid winner this time around and hopes to use the success as a springboard going into the rest of the year:

“I’m just glad to be playing a bit better than I have been for the last few years…I’m starting to enjoy it a little bit more and hopefully I can press on and get some decent results.”

Finishing in second, with a total of 217 (E) is the PGA of Poland’s Lukasz Szadny, after he carded a one-over round of 74. The Polish Professional started the day seven shots behind Shave in a tie for second, but was unable to close the gap on the eventual winner.

A further two shots behind and completing the top three is Joost Steenkamer (PGA of Holland), who finished on two-over (219).

 

The Team Pro-Am Competition was won by Szadny and his amateurs, Waldemar Kowalczykowki, Krzystof Burlaski and Marek Rakocy.

“The guys are feeling great,” said Szadny, whose team finished with 257 points (-41) to complete their own beginning to end success. “We managed to score really well as a team…and we are over the moon.

“This is the third or fourth PGAs of Europe Pro-Am that we have taken part in as a team…and we will definitely be back here next year.”

The quartet finished 16 points ahead of Team Shave (241 points), who were in turn a further five points in front of the team led by the PGA of Switzerland’s Andre Bossert (236 points).

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

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

For more information about the resort and to book a break, call 00 34 968 17 5577, email reservas@lamangaclub.com or visit www.lamangaclub.com.

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Dominant Shave in Pole Position For Final Round http://www.pgae.com/news/dominant-shave-in-pole-position-for-final-round/ http://www.pgae.com/news/dominant-shave-in-pole-position-for-final-round/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:06:33 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18409

Craig Shave (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) has a six-shot cushion going into the final round of the La Manga Club International Pro-Am in Spain.

“It was tricky today,’ said Shave, after his two-under round of 69 at La Manga Club’s North Course moved him to eight-under (136) for the tournament. “The wind was up and it is quite a tight course.

“The greens are quick and some of the pins were tricky, but I played well. I had a couple of three putts, but apart from that, it was pretty good.”

 

The Englishman, who was runner-up in the event last year, saw his lead reduced by one shot, but still remains well clear of the rest of the field.

The third and final round returns to the South Course, where Shave shot an excellent 67 (-6) in Round 01: “[The plan is to do the] same as what I did yesterday…hit the fairways and the greens, and then just go from there.”

There is a tie for second place between PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Daniel Whitby-Smith, and PGA of Holland Professional, Joost Steenkamer.

Whitby-Smith started the day seven shots adrift of his fellow countryman, Shave, and finished with a 68 (-3) for a two-round total of 142 (-2), whilst Steenkamer produced the best round of the day with a five-under round of 66.

The team of PGA of Poland Professional, Lukasz Szadny, and amateurs Waldemar KowalczykowkiKrzystof Burlaski and Marek Rakocy are the runaway leaders of the Team Pro-Am Competition.

The quartet have extended their lead to 17 points, after they scored an excellent 90 points (-18) on the North Course, to give them a two-round total of 175 points (-31).

Team Bossert (PGA of Switzerland) are a distant second on 158 points (-14), with Team Shave and Team Cheese (PGA of GB&I) a further point behind.

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

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

For more information about the resort and to book a break, call 00 34 968 17 5577, email reservas@lamangaclub.com or visit www.lamangaclub.com.

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Superb Shave Surges Clear At La Manga Club Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/superb-shave-surges-clear-at-la-manga-club-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/superb-shave-surges-clear-at-la-manga-club-pro-am/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:31:38 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18371

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s, Craig Shave, carded a sublime six-under round of 67 to go seven shots clear at the La Manga Club International Pro-Am.

The fourth edition of the Pro-Am commenced on the South Course, which was the site of Arnold Palmer’s 1975 Spanish Open win and also where he redesigned the course in 1996.

 

Shave got off to a relatively quiet start, reaching the turn in an even-par 37. However, he was quickly into his stride on the back nine, making birdie on the par-four 10th.

A further three birdies followed on the 12th, 15th and 16th, before the Englishman rounded off his round with an excellent eagle on the par-five 18th, to finish with a round of 67 (-6).

Shave is seven shots clear of fellow PGA of GB&I Professional, Daniel Whitby-Smith, and Lukasz Szadny (PGA of Poland), who both opened with one-over rounds of 74.

The PGA of Poland’s, Szadny, produced a solid round with one birdie and two bogeys, which gives him a slim chance of pegging back the leader.

Similarly, Whitby-Smith, who’s round consisted of three birdies and four bogeys, needs things to fall his way in Round 02 to be able to close the gap to Shave.

Leading the way in the Team Pro-Am Competition is the quartet consisting of PGA of Poland professional, Lukasz Szadny, and amateurs Waldemar KowalczykowkiKrzystof Burlaski and Marek Rakocy.

The team scored 85 points (-13) to open up a two-point lead over Team Bossert (PGA of Switzerland) and Team Cheese (PGA of GB&I), who carded 11 under rounds (83 points).

Round 02 of the event moves to the North Course, before returning to the South Course for the third and final round.

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

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

For more information about the resort and to book a break, call 00 34 968 17 5577, email reservas@lamangaclub.com or visit www.lamangaclub.com.

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Houston Lands World Club Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/houston-lands-world-club-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/houston-lands-world-club-pro-am/#respond Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:11:16 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18329

PGA of Great Britain & Ireland professional, Garry Houston, pulled six points clear of the field to win the fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa.

“To break par every round was quite an achievement,” said Houston, who carded a final round of 37 points (-1), to finish with a five-round total of 190 points (-10).

“I’m really excited…I played with last year’s defending champion [Julien Gressier] today, so I knew he would be strong and it was great to come over the line at the end.”

 

Houston, a winner on the Challenge Tour, felt he won despite not being at his best: “Some weeks you can play really well and not score well, but this was one of those weeks where I really didn’t play like I can play, but I ground out a score every single day for the five rounds.”

The Welshman not only takes home the title but also the winner’s cheque for USD$15,850: “Financially it’s obviously a good thing and its great to start the season so early with a win, but I know moving forward the things I have to work on…that will be my goal, to get my game where I would like it to be.”

After Round 04, 2016 World Club Pro-Am Champion, Julien Gressier (PGA of France), was two points off the lead but he carded a three-over round of 75 (33 points) to fall six points short of defending his title.

Pierre van Vuuren (PGA of South Africa), started the day level on points with Houston, but was unable to match strides with the eventual winner, only managing to make two birdies in his 31 point round (+5) to finish tied second with Gressier on 184 points (-4).

However, van Vuuren did lead Team Serengeti to a wire-to-wire success in the four-round Team Pro-Am Competition. He, along with amateurs John-Miles Griffiths, Izak Ludick and Hennie Lamprecht [pictured above], finished with a total of 367 points (-79), after their final round of 92 points (-20).

They were the only team to score over 90 points in each of the rounds and were three points clear of Team Windsor Park, led by Nisharlan Sewshanker (PGA of South Africa), who scored 95 points (-23) in their final round, to give them 364 points (-76) in total.

Completing the top three with 355 points, was Team Strand 2 led by PGA of South Africa Professional, Morne Jurgens.

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

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

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World Club Pro-Am Set For Grandstand Finish http://www.pgae.com/news/world-club-pro-am-set-for-grandstand-finish/ http://www.pgae.com/news/world-club-pro-am-set-for-grandstand-finish/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:54:26 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18313

The fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa is finely poised going into Round 05, as Pierre van Vuuren (PGA of South Africa) and Garry Houston (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) have a share of the lead.

Both professionals find themselves on 153 points (-9), after Round 04 of the event was played at Durban Country Club.

Houston started the day in second place, two points behind van Vuuren, and soon closed the gap, making birdie on the par-three 2nd. Further birdies followed on the 3rd and 8th for a front nine of 21 points (-3).

The Brit bogeyed the 10th, but recovered the shot on the par-four 14th to finish with a three-under round of 69 (39 points).

PGA of South Africa Professional, van Vuuren, also started his round with a birdie on the 2nd and reached the turn on even par (18 points).

Coming home, van Vuuren struggled to create any clear scoring opportunities, but closed his round with a birdie on the 18th for a 37 point round of 71 (-1).

Only two points adrift and hot on the heels of the leaders is 2016 World Club Pro-Am Champion, Julien Gressier of the PGA of France, with 151 points (-7).

The Frenchman led the tournament after the first two rounds, but struggled in Round 03 at the Beachwood Country Club. However, after a two-under round of 70 (38 points), he very much remains in contention to defend his title.

An honourable mention must go to PGA of Germany Professional, Christoph Günther, who carded a remarkable hole-in-one albatross on the par-four 18th.

Team Serengeti completed a wire-to-wire success to win the four-round Team Pro-Am Competition. The quartet consisting of van Vuuren, and amateurs John-Miles Griffiths, Izak Ludick and Hennie Lamprecht, finished with a total of 367 points (-79), after their final round of 92 points (-20).

Three points back were Team Windsor Park, led by Nisharlan Sewshanker (PGA of South Africa), who scored 95 points (-23) in their final round, to give them 364 points (-76) in total.

Completing the top three with 355 points, was Team Strand 2 led by PGA of South Africa Professional, Morne Jurgens.

Round 05 of the individual contest stays at Durban Country Club, as the field play for the 2017 World Club Pro-Am title.

For Full Round 04 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017WCPA

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

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6 Powerful Hacks to Increase Mental Toughness (No. 3 Is My Favourite) http://www.pgae.com/ask/6-powerful-hacks-to-increase-mental-toughness-no-3-is-my-favourite/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/6-powerful-hacks-to-increase-mental-toughness-no-3-is-my-favourite/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:57:26 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18307

Mental fortitude comes with the territory of being an entrepreneur. Here’s how you enhance it.

Being mentally strong is one of those personal attributes that everyone could benefit from. Since we all encounter personal challenges and difficulties in our life, the ability to stay psychologically strong is invaluable. But is mental strength something we are just born with? Or can it be developed? Luckily, there are ways to enhance and amplify mental toughness. Here are six of the best.

1. Stay on target.

A major component of mental strength is the capacity to focus in on the pursuit of long-term goals. People who are mentally weak allow the minor hindrances of life to distract them from their objectives, which inevitably leads to underachievement. Surviving the inevitable setbacks and disappointments of life requires focusing on larger goals and plans.

2. Look at adversity as an opportunity.

Tough times aren’t necessarily a bad thing–in fact, they can often be a positive. That’s because you only really learn and grow through overcoming difficulties. The simple act of embracing a challenge can be a massive psychological step forward. Such a change in attitude can alter your whole outlook on life, helping to increase your mental fortitude.

3. Focus only on what you can control (my favorite).

Worry and fear are the enemies of mental stability and strength. While fear and worry may be impossible to totally avoid, many people bring trouble upon themselves by obsessing over things they cannot really control. For example, worrying about how a project will be received once it is submitted is pointless and accomplishes nothing. Focusing on whatever task is at hand–and letting the rest take care of itself–is simply smarter.

4. Develop resiliency.

No matter how much the perfectionists among us might wish otherwise, no individual can completely avoid setbacks and failure. In fact, what’s far more important than avoiding error is developing the mental strength required to bounce back quickly from a mistake. Learning how to get back on your feet, without spending any time malingering or feeling sorry for yourself, is essential. This is the entrepreneur’s armor.

5. Don’t spend too much time thinking about what other people think.

While everyone should be able to accept constructive criticism and other kinds of helpful input, there’s a definite limit to how much attention should be paid to the opinions of others. Ultimately, other people are responsible for their opinions, not you–and there is no point in dwelling on something that isn’t your responsibility.

6.Strive to be emotionally even-keeled.

Getting either too high or too low emotionally is almost always a barrier to true mental strength, something I’m especially guilty of. However, being out of control emotionally makes it impossible to proceed forward in a rational, constructive way. Those who experience excessive emotional turbulence have a hard time dealing with life’s problems. That’s why the ability to keep control of powerful, disruptive feelings is such a crucial aspect of mental discipline.

Whether it’s in sports, career, or another of life’s competitive arenas, mental strength is often more important to success than natural ability. Fortunately, psychological strength is not an innate talent but rather a trait that can be acquired. With the recommendations above, almost everyone should be able to enhance their mental strength.


Tom Popomaronis is a serial entrepreneur, an e-commerce expert, and a proud Baltimore native. He has been recognized for technology and startup leadership by Fast Company, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, and Forbes. Tom was also named “40 under 40” by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2014.

@tpopomaronis

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Van Vuuren Edges Ahead at World Club Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/van-vuuren-edges-ahead-at-world-club-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/van-vuuren-edges-ahead-at-world-club-pro-am/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:14:45 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18266

The PGA of South Africa’s, Pierre van Vuuren, carded a 39 point (-3) round, to take a slender lead at the fourth World Club Pro-Am in South Africa.

Round 03 of the event supported by the PGA of South Africa moved to the Beachwood Country Club where van Vuuren started the day in second place, only two points behind overnight leader Julien Gressier (PGA of France). He got his round off to the perfect start, making birdie on the par-four first hole, following that up with another birdie on the second.

The South African reached the turn with 22 points (-4), before going on to make two birdies and three bogeys on the back nine and finish with 39 points, giving him the best round of the day. Van Vuuren has a three-round total of 116 points (-8), and a two-point lead going into Round 04.

In second place, is the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Garry Houston, after he shot a one-under round (37 points), consisting of four birdies and three bogeys, leaving him on 114 points (-6) for the tournament.

Completing the top three is overnight leader, Gressier, who struggled to score as freely as he had been during the previous two rounds. He finished with 34 points for the day, giving him 113 points (-5) in total – still well within striking distance of the leader.

Team Serengeti lead the Team Pro-Am Competition, as they have since Round 01, and have a three-round score of 275 points (-59). Led by van Vuuren, amateurs John-Miles Griffiths, Izak Ludick and Hennie Lamprecht, have a six-point cushion and are in a strong position.

Behind them are Team Windsor Park, led by Nisharlan Sewshanker (PGA of South Africa), who have 269 points (-53), and a further two points behind, in third place, is Team Strand 2, led by PGA of South Africa professional, Morne Jurgens.

Round 04 at Durban Country Club is the penultimate round of the Individual Professional competition, whilst also being the final of the Team Pro-Am event.

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

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PGA Professional Spotlight: Adam Kritikos (PGA of Greece and GB&I) http://www.pgae.com/ask/pga-professional-spotlight-adam-kritikos-pga-of-greece-and-gbi/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/pga-professional-spotlight-adam-kritikos-pga-of-greece-and-gbi/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:03:04 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18310

Adam Kritikos is a PGA Professional coach at Costa Navarino golf resort in Greece and is one of the PGA of Greece’s leading lights, assisting with not only the growth of golf in the Messinia region but also throughout the country with his educational role with the PGA of Greece itself.

Our PGA Professional Spotlight is cast over Adam and we find out more about what he gets up to on a day-to-day basis and how he got there…

IGPN: How did your career as a PGA Professional first begin?

Adam: Following my years of representing the Greek National Team as an amateur, and having completed a BA(Hons) degree in Golf Management at the University of Central Lancashire, I was approached by Costa Navarino to take on the role of Assistant Professional and to also grow the game in our local region.

IGPN: How did you end up in your current position?

Adam: I got a job offer from Costa Navarino to work as the Pro properly – I was lucky as my reputation as a player was known and then my qualifications from the UK with the PGA of GB&I.

IGPN: Explain a bit about your business that you run now…

Adam: As the PGA Pro at Costa Navarino I cater to giving lessons to customers, as well as organising club competitions and other operational needs of the club.

I am also in charge of the ‘Costa Navarino Junior Golf Academy’ – a scholarship programme aimed at developing local kids into elite golfers. After 5 years, the programme has reached 55 junior members.

IGPN: What does being a PGA Professional mean to you?

Adam: For me a PGA Professional is an ambassador for the game in every sense. Things like dress code, behaviour, playing ability, attitude and work ethic are things that being a PGA Professional is all about and I’m very proud to be able to say I am a PGA Professional.

IGPN: How important is it for PGA Professionals to strive to continually improve their skills, knowledge and development in general?

Adam: It’s important to stay up to date with the ever-developing trends and skill-sets in today’s job markets. Being up to date with social media trends, equipment news, technology, like Trackman or FlightScope, and CPD, like workshops, are important to add value to your profile as a PGA Professional.

IGPN: What would the biggest top you could give a PGA Professional looking for a news job or trying to develop themselves and their skills?

Adam: Attention to detail – and make sure the service you provide is the best possible.

IGPN: What would your advice be to someone looking to work abroad?

Adam: Do your best to adapt to the local way of life and try to learn the local language – both of these things help you integrate more with colleagues and customers and ultimately you will enjoy yourself more and get more from it if you can do that.


For more information about Costa Navarino visit www.costanavarino.com.

This article originally featured in International Golf Pro News. Visit the IGPN Page to find out more and subscribe for free.

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The R&A and the USGA Announce Proposed Changes to Modernise Rules of Golf http://www.pgae.com/news/the-ra-and-the-usga-announce-proposed-changes-to-modernise-rules-of-golf/ http://www.pgae.com/news/the-ra-and-the-usga-announce-proposed-changes-to-modernise-rules-of-golf/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:03:22 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18279

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled a preview of the proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernise the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalised in 2018 and take effect on 1 January 2019.

The announcement follows a comprehensive review process that began in 2012 with a working group of key R&A and USGA Rules administrators, professional tour officials and other Rules experts. While the Rules are revised every four years, this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and was established to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.

Details of all the proposed changes and the opportunity to submit feedback online are available via www.RandA.org

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The PGA of GB&I – End of An Era: Sandy Jones Steps Aside http://www.pgae.com/news/the-pga-of-gbi-end-of-an-era-sandy-jones-steps-aside/ http://www.pgae.com/news/the-pga-of-gbi-end-of-an-era-sandy-jones-steps-aside/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:45:34 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18276

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Communicating With Members & Reviewing Membership: Mark Taylor – A.S.K. Workshops http://www.pgae.com/ask/communicating-with-members-reviewing-membership-mark-taylor-a-s-k-workshops/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/communicating-with-members-reviewing-membership-mark-taylor-a-s-k-workshops/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:07:40 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=16153

A.S.K. Workshops speaker, Mark Taylor (PGA of GB&I), explains how to speak to current and potential members more effectively…

Communicating with members more effectively

Once we know who it is we are talking to and what they like or dislike about the golf club then it becomes easier to communicate and market to them more effectively.

This is particularly useful when marketing to visitors and potential members but is also important for communicating with existing members.

These days there are many more ways of communicating directly with members than relying on word of mouth and the club notice board. Direct mail can be cost effective as the message is well targeted, while email communication has a proven record in golf clubs looking to communicate quickly and easily.

Emails are highly targeted, cheap to send out and also enable a facility to respond quickly and effectively to its current needs, such as promoting an upcoming social function for example.

But, however a club decides to communicate with its members,  a consistent approach is needed. So many golf clubs launch a monthly newsletter, for example and after a few issues when there is nothing to say (!), the whole idea tails away.

The same applies to the club news section on the website which is fervently updated for the first few weeks and then again, the novelty wears off and it falls down the ‘to do’ list.

Intermittent communication is almost as bad as not communicating at all as it makes it doubly difficult to pick up where you left off after a spell of silence.

The secret to making a successful communication programme work is to make someone take responsibility for it. In most private member clubs this will be the Secretary or a member of the Marketing Committee.

A simple communication plan such as weekly update of the website, a monthly newsletter and email, a regular ‘what’s coming’ poster on the notice board…..the ideas are numerous but the key is to commit to them and make sure they happen.

Reviewing membership

You will by now have built up an excellent picture of your members and how they are using their membership. This is an excellent starting point for input into a marketing plan.

However, once having analysed membership there is still a need to keep doing so on a regular basis. A snapshot every six months would be the minimum especially as the nature of the game makes it a very cyclical business, with the results in the height of summer very different to those in off peak times.

Things change much faster than they ever used to and clubs must be aware of external influences as well as internal ones. For example, the completion of a new housing estate a few miles down could explain an influx of members during the past few months – and could point to a source of more.

Regular reviews will also allow the monitoring of changing membership demographics.

The average age of a golf club membership has been increasing steadily in recent years, mirroring general population demographics. This has had economic consequences for many clubs who have seen their senior membership (often paying reduced fees) grow out of proportion with their club membership.

A regular review and the statistics to back it up would have meant many golf clubs addressing this issue long before it became a problem. For example, exit surveys may help to spot a worrying trend which could be acted upon.

For more information visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit http://eur.pe/ASKWorkshops-Hungary, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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Gressier Maintains Lead At World Club Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/gressier-maintains-lead-at-world-club-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/gressier-maintains-lead-at-world-club-pro-am/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:33:54 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18263

The 2016 World Club Pro-Am Champion, Julien Gressier, is another step closer to defending his title, after he scored 38 points (-2) at Cotswold Downs Golf Estate in South Africa. 

Round 02 of the fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa, was once again played across both the Zimbali Country Club and Cotswold Downs Golf Estate, with players switching course from Round 01.

Gressier, who opened with 41 points (-5) at Zimbali Country Club, started Round 02 on the 10th at Cotswold Downs.

The Frenchman continued his great form and was quickly into his stride, making two birdies in the first four holes. Taking this momentum forward, he was able to close the front nine in similarly impressive fashion, birdieing the 17th and 18th, to reach the turn with 21 points (-3).

Coming home, Gressier made two birdies and three bogeys, to give him a two-round total of 79 points (-7) and a two-point lead going into Round 03.

His closest pursuer is PGA of South Africa Professional, Pierre van Vuuren, who carded a 37 point (-1) round consisting of two birdies and one bogey, for a two-round total of 77 points (-5).

There is a tie for third place between PGA of South Africa players, Graeme van der Nest and Nisharlan Sewshanker, who are both six points off the lead on 73 points (-1).

There is a share for the lead of the Team Pro-Am Competition, as overnight leaders Team Serengeti, led by van Vuuren, and Team Windsor Park, led by Sewshanker, both have 185 points (-41).

Playing at Cotswold Downs, Team Windsor Park shot the best round of the day with 96 points (-24), and along with Team Serengeti, have established a nine point cushion over third place Team Strand 2.

Round 03 of the five-round event moves to Beachwood Country Club, as the field continue to play for a share of the $100,000 prize fund.

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

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VIDEO – How to Balance Projects With Jason Glass http://www.pgae.com/ask/video-how-to-balance-projects-with-jason-glass/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/video-how-to-balance-projects-with-jason-glass/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:22:17 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=16618

Learn from Jason Glass about how to balance projects and do them all at a very high level. Great info for the entrepreneurial coach.

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Gressier Gets World Club Pro-Am Title Defence Underway http://www.pgae.com/news/gressier-gets-world-club-pro-am-title-defence-underway/ http://www.pgae.com/news/gressier-gets-world-club-pro-am-title-defence-underway/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:43:43 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18245

France’s Julien Gressier began the 2017 World Club Pro-Am with the same momentum he had last year, with an opening 41 points (-5) at Zimbali Country Club in South Africa.

The fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa began across both Zimbali and Cotswold Downs Golf Estate with Professionals and their amateur teams embarking on the five-round international Pro-Am.

Gressier was able to get off the mark quickly with two birdies in the opening three holes, setting him up for a very solid two-under front nine.

His return nine saw further birdies on holes 10, 11 and 17, giving him a 41-point total and a single shot lead over the rest of the field.

Also well in the running for his share of the $100,000 prize fund is PGA of South Africa Professional, Pierre van Vuuren, after four birdies gave him a total of 40 points (-4).

The other lowest scores of the day all came from Zimbali Country Club with Aaron Cox (PGA of Australia) carding 39 points to sit in third place, whilst fourth place currently goes to the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Garry Houston with 38 points.

Over on Cotswold Downs Golf Estate, the PGA of Greece’s Henrik Engdahl had the low round with 37 points for current fifth place.

The Team Pro-Am competition got off to a strong start with three teams sharing the lead at 91 points (-19): Team Serengeti, led by van Vuuren, and Team Wedgewood, led by Graeme van der Nest (PGA of South Africa), both at Zimbali Country Club; along with Team Zebula, led by Conrad du Plooy (PGA of South Africa), at Cotswold Downs.

Four teams sit within three shots of the lead setting up what will be a highly competitive week in the Team Pro-Am event.

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

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Excellent Elli Claims Inaugural Messinia Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/excellent-elli-claims-inaugural-messinia-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/excellent-elli-claims-inaugural-messinia-pro-am/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:33:51 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18223

The PGA of Italy’s Federico Elli maintained his two shot overnight lead to claim the inaugural Messinia Pro-Am organised by Costa Navarino in Greece.

“I feel so good. I played a solid round [today], except the last three holes where my heart rate went up a bit,” said the Italian, who shot a final round of 72 (+1), to finish with a three-round total of 205 (-8).

“I was looking at Ralph [Miller] often, because he was playing in front of me…I saw that he had a bogey on the 18th, and then my heart rate went a bit lower.”

 

Elli is looking to use the victory as a springboard into the rest of the season: “I go to London in one month and proceed with some events on the Alps Tour and of course other PGAs of Europe Pro-Ams.

“Costa Navarino is always a top place to be…a wonderful hotel, wonderful golf course and all the staff are brilliant. I think this is one of the best spots for a golfing holiday…we will come back for sure next year.”

Chasing the winner all the way and only two shots back, was Ralph Miller of the PGA of Holland.

“I didn’t play all that great today – I struggled on the greens and shot one-over eventually, but overall a great feeling for the week,” said Miller, who finished on six-under (207).

“I feel pretty good, especially as it’s the first tournament of the year,” he added. “We had snow last week in Holland, so it’s good to be out here in the sun, hitting balls and putting on normal greens…for me it’s just a vacation!

“It has been a fun week…the area is beautiful. Beautiful views and weather, friendly people…and both courses are very good.”

 

Like ElliMiller is hoping to use the good performance as a confidence boost for the remainder of the year: “I’m going to play some events back home [in Holland] and some international events…and maybe try out for the British Open Qualifier…It is always good to be out early and seeing how your game is, so you know what to work on.”

In third place was Lorenzo Gagli (PGA of Italy), who had the best round of the day with a four-under round 67, finishing with a total of 209 (-4). The Italian continues his recent good form, after having won the Lumine International Pro-Am and coming third in the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship.

The Team Pro-Am Competition was won by the quartet of PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Stuart Boyle, and amateurs, Haris PapadopoulosGeorgios Kyvernitis and Daniele Bovio [picture above].

The team led after Round 02 and were not for catching, concluding with an 84 point (-12) round, to leave them on 263 points (-47) for the tournament.

Their closest pursuers were the team led by Steve Dooley (PGA of Austria), who were seven points adrift on 256 points (-40) and Team Mejow (PGA of Germany) a further ten points behind.

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

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Messinia) and messiniaproam.costanavarino.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#MessiniaProAm’, and like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about Costa Navarino at www.costanavarino.com.

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Elli Earns Lead At Messinia Pro-Am After Career Low Round http://www.pgae.com/news/elli-earns-lead-at-messinia-pro-am-after-career-low-round/ http://www.pgae.com/news/elli-earns-lead-at-messinia-pro-am-after-career-low-round/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:00:49 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18212

The PGA of Italy’s Federico Elli lit up Round 02 of the 2017 Messinia Pro-Am organised by Costa Navarino with a sublime eight-under round of 63.

Elli began his round on the 10th of The Bay Course at Costa Navarino and said, “It started off good because I had a birdie on the 10th and then I started to feel better and better, and a lot more confident.

“I had eight birdies and no bogeys, so a very good round…and I’m so happy because since October I’ve stopped playing and started practising and changing my swing…and I have to say that it’s working really good!”

The Italian, who has a two-round total of 133 (-9) and holds a two-shot lead, added: “The courses are in great shape. The greens are really quick and bouncy, so it’s not easy to hole putts.

“I made my game plan before the first day, so I’ll just focus on my strategy and keep going shot by shot…that’s all I want to try and do.”

His closest pursuer is Ralph Miller of the PGA of Holland, who carded a seven-under round of 64.

“It went awesome [today]. I started on the 10th…and birdied the 18th to get to level par, and I thought I was struggling,” explained Miller. “We came up the 1st and I missed a three-foot putt for birdie…but at the par-four [4th], I’ve hit my second shot from 110 yards and it slam dunked in the hole for an eagle, which was awesome!

“The par-five up the hill [6th] – I hit a hybrid to about a foot, so I eagled that one too,” added Miller, who is visiting Greece for the first time. “I was on a run and it was awesome. I shot seven-under on the back nine…[Tomorrow] I’m going to try the same and see what happens…and have fun, that’s the main thing.”

 

In third place, on three-under, is Emanuele Canonica (PGA of Italy) after he shot a second round of 69 (-2). Overnight leader, Paul Nilbrink (PGA of Norway), struggled in Round 02 and finds himself eight shots off the lead on one-under.

At the top of the Team Pro-Am leaderboard is the team made up of PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Stuart Boyle, and amateurs, Haris PapadopoulosGeorgios Kyvernitis and Daniele Bovio. The team have a two-round total of 179 points (-35), after their excellent second round of 92 points.

Trailing them by eight points is the team led by Steve Dooley (PGA of Austria), with Team Mejow (PGA of Germany) a further five points adrift.

Round 03 begins at 09:00am (GMT+2).

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

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Messinia) and messiniaproam.costanavarino.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#MessiniaProAm’, and like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about Costa Navarino at www.costanavarino.com.

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Nilbrink Holds Slender Lead At Inaugural Messinia Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/nilbrink-holds-slender-lead-at-inaugural-messinia-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/nilbrink-holds-slender-lead-at-inaugural-messinia-pro-am/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:21:51 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18194

The PGA of Norway’s Paul Nilbrink holds a one shot lead after Round 01 of the inaugural Messinia Pro-Am in Greece organised by Costa Navarino.

The field, in which 13 different nationalities are represented, took to The Dunes Course at Costa Navarino in challenging and windy conditions.

“Today was pretty tough. You didn’t get much roll on the fairways, so it played long,” explained Nilbrink, after shooting an opening round of 69 (-2). “The greens are very nice as always down here.”

 

The Norwegian, who has played at Costa Navarino on several occasions in the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am, added: “The first hole was against the wind, a very long par four, and I bogeyed the first hole…but then I made three birdies in a row…and I birdied the 17th after I hit a four-iron close and knocked the putt in…I’m pretty happy with my first round, I played solid.”

Round 02 of the tournament moves to the Bay Course, and leader Nilbrink believes it will present a different challenge to the players.

“You’ve got to get the pace right on the [Bay Course] greens…they’re normally faster. Today with this nice weather, the greens are probably drying up. If I get the pace of the greens and keep the ball in play, I should be okay.

“The facilities are excellent here and the organisers of the Pro-Am are doing a great job…it’s a fantastic Pro-Am.”

There is a four-way tie for second place between, Emanuele Canonica (PGA of Italy), Stuart Boyle (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland), Federico Elli (PGA of Italy) and Alexis Szappanos (PGA of Germany), who all carded one-under rounds of 70.

“The course is fantastic, very good design and very good condition…some of the best greens I have played in past few months,’ said Canonica, who is visiting Costa Navarino for the first time. “[The Bay Course] is a little bit shorter, but with the wind it will be tough.

“My game is okay, but physically I am a bit tired…but I will try to do my best and support the team.”

At the top of the Team Pro-Am Competition is the quartet of PGA of Austria Professional, Steve Dooley, and amateurs Gerhard KomarekAndreas Hainz and Gerhard Marischka, The team scored an excellent 88 points (-16) and have a one point lead over Team Boyle going into Round 02.

Round 02 begins at 09:00am (GMT+2).

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

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Messinia) and messiniaproam.costanavarino.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#MessiniaProAm’, and like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about Costa Navarino at www.costanavarino.com.

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The R&A and the USGA Publish Research On Driving Distance in Golf http://www.pgae.com/news/the-ra-and-the-usga-publish-research-on-driving-distance-in-golf/ http://www.pgae.com/news/the-ra-and-the-usga-publish-research-on-driving-distance-in-golf/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:01:18 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18156

The R&A and the USGA have published their annual review of driving distance, a research document that reports important findings on driving distance in golf.

Introduced last year, the review examines driving distance data from seven of the major professional golf tours, based on approximately 285,000 drives per year. Data from studies of male and female amateur golfers has also been included for the first time.

Key facts noted in the paper include:

  • Between 2003 and the end of the 2016 season, average driving distance on five of the seven tours has increased by approximately 1.2%, around 0.2 yards per year.
  • For the same time period, average driving distance on the other two tours studied decreased by approximately 1.5%.
  • Looking at all of the players who are ranked for distance on the PGA TOUR and PGA European Tour, the amount by which players are “long” or “short” has not changed – for instance, since 2003 the 10 shortest players in that group are about 6% shorter than average, while the 10 longest players in the group are about 7% longer than average. The statistics are not skewed toward either longer or shorter players.
  • The average launch conditions on the PGA TOUR – clubhead speed, launch angle, ball speed and ball backspin – have been relatively stable since 2007. The 90th-percentile clubhead speed coupled with the average launch angle and spin rate are very close to the conditions that The R&A and the USGA, golf’s governing bodies, use to test golf balls under the Overall Distance Standard.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “In the interests of good governance and transparency it is important that we continue to provide reliable data and facts about driving distance in golf.

“Driving distance remains a topic of discussion within the game and the review provides accurate data to help inform the debate.”

Mike Davis, Executive Director/CEO of the USGA, said, “We appreciate the collaboration we have received, industry-wide, to access and review this data to benefit the entire golf community, which can be used to both educate golfers and advance the game.”

The 2016 report can be viewed at www.RandA.org and www.usga.org or downloaded here 2016 Distance Report.pdf

The R&A and the USGA published the Joint Statement of Principles in May 2002, which confirmed their commitment to the fundamental notion that skill, not technology, should be the primary determinant of success in the game. The Joint Statement acknowledged the benefits of equipment technology for golf but noted that any further significant increases in hitting distances at the highest level were undesirable.

Since then, The R&A and the USGA have continued to monitor equipment technology’s effect on the game, and considered the effects of other factors, such as course set-up, athleticism and coaching. When appropriate, new Rules have been introduced after discussions with equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders, in accordance with the Equipment Rulemaking Procedures produced in 2011.

Click Here to Download the 2016 Distance Report [PDF]

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Looking In the Mirror – A Coach’s Catalyst for Change http://www.pgae.com/ask/looking-in-the-mirror-a-coachs-catalyst-for-change/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/looking-in-the-mirror-a-coachs-catalyst-for-change/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:18:30 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18144

With the start of a new year it’s natural to use this fresh start as an action to take stock on our annual accomplishments and disappointments.  In the past, we’ve formulated a couple of ways that you can go about formalizing this annual evaluation process.  We see it as an essential activity for coaches who are driven towards continuous learning and improvement.  Looking back at our personal ‘annual reviews’, it’s fun to see how this process has sparked ideas and projects that ended up creating significant results for us.  While we’ve focused on this reflection process in a macro view of our coaching business and development, this year we want to share our thoughts and experiences related specifically to contemplating our coaching skills and how we can improve.

‘Are you getting by, or are you getting better?’  This is a question that we have heard a mentor pose to clients on several occasions.

It’s a seemingly simple question that is inherently complex and thus very difficult to answer.  Why? You have to answer it yourself through reflection. While it’s often uncomfortable to look at oneself from the perspective of the third person (nobody wants to see what they don’t want to), or to question and think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it– it’s an essential and enlightening process.  It brings us full circle and cuts to the essence of why we are all here: we don’t know what we don’t know– and we have a strong desire to change that.  We are infinitely curious.

Despite the fact that we haven’t been writing, we’ve still been learning – quite a bit, in fact.  How? Reflection.

Reflection is the primary means through which we grow and evolve. Our practice is informed by our experience, and we need to invest the time and energy to look at said experience with a critical eye.  A thorough examination of our choices and behaviors helps us identify and reinforce the actions that correlate to success, and therefore the things we should keep doing, as well as the actions or choices that led to the opposite result.  As coaches, it is our job to evolve.  Given that 2017 is upon us, we want to dig a little deeper into this topic, and provide you with an example of the result of some of our own reflection, so that the entire coaching community (ok, we digress–any readers that have endured the prolonged break) can hit the ground running in the new year.

Dr. Wade Gilbert, a professor of Kinesiology at Fresno State University (and regular guest lecturer in Matt’s Coaching Effectiveness class at UBC), is one of the world’s leading experts on coaching science.  Much of his research focuses on how coaches develop their expertise.  Through his years of research, he’s identified that informal learning is a primary means through which expert coaches grow and develop.  Much of that informal learning is triggered internally, by reflection.  All coaches think about their experience, but only the experts try to understand why and how they can improve on it.  In other words, experts are curious about their performance, and have a desire to do it better.

We know that having experience and learning from that experience are catalysts for growth.  So, what are the mechanics of the process? How do you process that experience and make adjustments to your behavior?  How do you integrate it into what you do? While, we’re still trying to answer those questions ourselves, we have been following these two practices to help us get improve: Reflective practice and critical reflection.  Yes, they sound similar (which they are), but they are inherently different.

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE V. CRITICAL REFLECTION

When we think about reflective practice and/or reflection, the image that comes to mind is a steady stream of thought on a car ride home.  These are the relatively short, internal conversations that we have with ourselves, daily, that don’t require significant effort.  They’re mental ‘notes’ that often focus on problems we encountered, or about things that went particularly well in a given instance.  Sometimes, these conversations lead us to discover a different way to go about addressing a situation.

Critical reflection, on the other hand, is much more significant.  These are the reflections that force you to take a step back and consider the beliefs that underpin your actions and behaviors. They often represent an internal inventory-taking of your coaching skills and beliefs, and facilitate a deeper dive into self-improvement, often involving interacting with third parties, and other members of your coaching network for answers.  These are critical, evolutionary moments that identify gaps and signal action towards closing them, ultimately leading to relatively permanent change in behavior.

Reflective Practice Critical Reflection
Constant process; daily Event-specific endeavor; not scheduled
Identifies smaller, specific problems Identifies the origin of problems
Develops minor solutions Develops major solutions
Reasoning of behavior Questioning of behavior
Surface learning Deeper learning
Very little behavior change More significant behavior change

The point we want to make is that over the last 6 months, we’ve been thrust into opportunities that have illuminated the shortcomings we have as coaches.  The fleeting thoughts about an occasion that didn’t go as planned are often more frustrating than productive.  Critical reflection elicits more intrigue than frustration, it actually moves the needle.  Through continued reflection – both in the daily and critical sense – we’ve given ourselves a chance to grow and improve.

ACTIONABLES

  • Keep a journal. Logging your days and jotting down your thoughts helps you become aware of any patterns that exist.  The notes serve as an informational foundation for critical analysis and eventually, change.
  • Budget time to be critical. Going deeper into your reflections to create understanding, and ultimately change, takes time and effort.  Ensure that you are setting aside time either monthly or quarterly, to be self-critical, such that you can get a plan in place to close any gaps that you perceive to be apparent.
  • Be vulnerable. Seeing yourself in action is a great way to understand your behavior.  You’ll become aware of a number of great things, as identify a few areas to improve.  Also, it is OK to not know.  Seek the opinions of others, as it’ll help close your knowledge gaps and make you aware of new solutions.  Yes, it is an uncomfortable process, but very much worth it.
  • Remain as objective as possible. It can be far too easy to grade your paper against unrealistic standards. This can be done with film (as you’ll see below), or through a trusted friend/advisor who is invested in your success.  360 degree reviews or anonymous surveys are also helpful tools that can inform you of blind sports in your practice.

AN EXAMPLE FROM MATT

One of my biggest challenges is staying sharp, mentally and physically, day in and day out.  I feel very strongly that my effectiveness, and behavior, is directly related to the amount of energy I have available.  Over the past few weeks, I felt ineffective, but couldn’t quite figure out why.  Physically, I felt fine. And mentally? I thought I was sharp.  Still, something was missing – I was getting by, not getting better.

In the offseason, we do a lot of instructing and a heavy emphasis is placed on refining techniques and building skills.  When doing a lot of ‘teaching’, I find it easy to get into a pattern that is very directive and very generous with the provision of feedback in an effort to guide the learner to the desired outcome as quickly as possible.  It is as if we work extra hard to reduce the amount of mental effort required on behalf of the learner such that we can make the learning process ‘easier’.  In attempting to accelerate and simplify the learning process by reducing the amount of cognitive energy invested by the learner, pre and post movement, we end up having the opposite effect; we severely limit their learning.  They end up relying on our guidance to make corrections rather than making adjustments based on their evaluation of both the intrinsic and extrinsic feedback they receive from the movement, relative to their kinesthetic concept of what they are trying to learn.

I felt ineffective because I had it backwards.  I became overly concerned with WHAT the athletes needed to do, and didn’t place enough energy into HOW those interventions were carried out.  As a result, what needed to happen (their learning), didn’t.

So, what did I do to make the corrections?

To start, I set different goals for the day.  The goals focused on the learning environment we created, as opposed to the specific content that was to be learned.  My aim was for the client to be more cognitively engaged than in sessions past.  My plan to achieve that goal was twofold.  First, I wanted to ensure that I was cultivating the athlete’s capacity to accurately detect error.  The goal was to provide them with the opportunity to contrast what they did vs. what they intended such that they could calibrate their sensory feedback accordingly.  Second, I aimed to optimize the provision of feedback, delaying it until after the athlete had the chance to evaluate their intrinsic feedback, as well as establishing a bandwidth, outside of which prescriptive feedback would be provided.

Next, I wore a GoPro and filmed the day to gauge how successful I was in executing my objectives.  I wanted to see what the environment was actually like.

Below is a video excerpt from a session where we worked with an athlete on developing their control over the speed of their putts.  As stated prior, my objective was to provide the client with a better learning environment; one that challenged them cognitively, technically, and physically.  I structured the activity with the end goal of expanding the capacity of the learner to accurately assess the result of their movement in the absence of feedback, and in improving their ability to detect, and correct, error.  I wanted to help them close the gap that existed between what they think happens, and what actually happens, when they act on a decision.  Check out a brief snippet of the video below to get a better idea for how I ended up delivering feedback in this session.

Was it perfect? No.  But it doesn’t have to be.  I learned more through this critical reflection than I had an any number of traditional educational activities.

What will you do to generate a similar experience?

We’ll give you some time to reflect…

– COREY LUNDBERG & MATT WILSON

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Gloria Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Inaugural Nuri Özaltın Gloria Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/gloria-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-inaugural-nuri-ozaltin-gloria-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/gloria-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-inaugural-nuri-ozaltin-gloria-pro-am/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:57:59 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community of Practice Summit (COPS) 2017 – CPD http://www.pgae.com/ask/community-of-practice-summit-cops-2017-cpd/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/community-of-practice-summit-cops-2017-cpd/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:28:44 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18140

PGA Professionals are invited to attend the 2017 Community of Practice Summit at North Hants Golf Club in the UK.

The sessions will be facilitated by PGA of GB&I Fellow Professional, Kevin Flynn and features a range of diverse speakers:

  • David Todhunter – 4D Motion Sports
  • Scott Fawcett – Playing Lesson
  • Terry Hashimoto – BODiTrak Sports
  • Graeme McDowall – Constraints Led Practice
  • Adrian Rietveld & Mark Thistleton – Club Fitting
  • Nigel Tilley – European Tour Physiotherapist

Date: 2 & 3 March 2017
Venue: North Hants Golf Club, UK
Cost: £195

For more information contact Kevin Flynn @ kevin1flynn@hotmail.com

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Lumine Golf Festival Concludes With Inaugural International Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/lumine-golf-festival-concludes-with-inaugural-international-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/lumine-golf-festival-concludes-with-inaugural-international-pro-am/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:11:19 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18132

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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/ http://www.pgae.com/news/george-ogrady-to-take-the-role-of-european-tour-ambassador/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:01:28 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18129

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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Real Results – 8 Ways To Implement Sustainable Initiatives at Your Facility http://www.pgae.com/news/real-results-8-ways-to-implement-sustainable-initiatives-at-your-facility/ http://www.pgae.com/news/real-results-8-ways-to-implement-sustainable-initiatives-at-your-facility/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:03:37 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=11616

Golf facilities around the world make use of the Golf Environment Organization’s (GEO) OnCourse online programme to manage their club’s sustainability and save money at the same time.

Here we look at just a few examples of how anyone involved with a golf facility can make impactful and sustainable changes leading to economic, environmental and social benefits…

Electric Equipment Initiative

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Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, USA

GEO Certified® 04/2014

Conversion of 18 pieces of gasoline powered golf course maintenance equipment to fully electric powered units allowed The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay to eliminate the use of over 9,000 gallons of gasoline in a single year saving over $27,000, cutting point source CO2 emissions by over 182,000 pounds of CO2, and eliminating possible contamination from leaking or spilled oils or fluids.

More Biodiversity, Greater Savings, Less Maintenance

Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland

GEO Certified® 12/2013

By minimizing the amount of amenity turfgrass and increasing the size of habitat corridors Carnoustie Golf Links has saved between £2–3,000 since becoming GEO Certified®.  Apart from the cost savings, the creation of habitat corridors acts as a buffer zone between sensitive landscapes and has ensured that habitat fragmentation is kept to a minimum.  With scrub management programmes, the club continues to identify further ways in which to increase these areas.

Reduced Mowing Results in Cost and Nature Benefits

Golfpark Nuolen, Wangen, Switzerland

GEO Re-Certified® 12/2012

By reducing the mowing of the out of play areas by 15%, Golfpark Nuolen has saved €2-3,000 annually.  Subsequently this has encouraged the re-naturalization of native areas and the creation of wild life corridors.

On top of this, any fertilizers that are required for the course have been purchased in bulk in conjunction with 3 other clubs.  This has resulted in savings of €8,000 to each club and bulk purchasing allows for attaining a better product at a 15-30% lower price.

Finding Cost-savings Through Efficient Energy

Coventry Golf Club, West Midlands, England

GEO Certified® 05/2012

Looking to lower electricity use – and costs – Coventry Golf Club completely re-lamped the club’s buildings with low energy, sensor lighting. Solar panels were also installed to help reduce costs, with the excess electricity produced being sold back to the energy company. In the first full year since the work was done, the club cut their electricity costs by 28.5%, amounting to £8,000, which will offset their investment quickly.

OnCourse to Cost and Water Saving at The Home of Golf

St Andrews Links, Fife, Scotland

GEO Re-Certified® 12/2014

After an audit of the irrigation system prompted by their participation in the OnCourse programme, some simple steps were taken to become more efficient. For example, the arcs of water nozzles were altered to avoid watering rough while some others were removed altogether. Overall they accomplished a 25% reduction in water use on a greens cycle and a 20% reduction for the fairways; Subsequently the energy use for the pumping system has also reduced.

Turning Waste into Savings

Broken Sound Club, Florida, USA

GEO Certified® 07/2014

As part of their overall commitment to sustainability Broken Sound Club invested in a Central Composting Facility, to turn all available biodegradable waste into sterilized organic mulch. This is spread on the fairways and used in the landscape beds. $12,000 was saved on fertilizer expenditure in year one and the money invested in the composting facility will be recouped within 4-5 years.

Cost-savings No Rough Task

Hill Side Golf & Country Club, Vihti, Finland

GEO Certified® 07/2012

Finland’s first private golf club considered the amount of rough being maintained and with a more efficient rough maintenance plan they achieved cost savings of €3,500 in 2012. 392 fewer hours were spent mowing rough while fuel and machinery use was reduced. Savings in fuel were part of overall net savings of over €10k from the overall improvements in club resource and management efficiencies.

Looking to Locals for Supplies Cuts Costs and Footprint

Highlands Country Club, Tennessee, USA

GEO Certified® 09/2014

Situated in a remote part of Tennessee, the new outlook Highlands Country Club took to make its supply chain more local has been very successful. For example, the uniforms and sanitary products are now purchased from local suppliers who opened the door to negotiate a better deal for the club; while boosting the local economy and thereby strengthening the outside view of the golf club; and a new point of pride in being part of lowering overall pollution from transport.

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For more ‘Real Results’ examples visit www.golfenvironment.org/get_involved/real_results.


OnCourse® Programme

The benefits of sustainability for golf businesses are beyond question, the hold-up has been simply where and how to start. In part, because of misconceptions that sustainability must first require study, policy writing and a vast amount of planning.  That doesn’t need to be the case. Today there are a few practical tools available that can take the guesswork and hassle out of sustainability.

A good place to dive in is OnCourse®, a free web-based programme that guides you step-by-step, asking the right questions about the key sustainability hotspots around your course, clubhouse, and maintenance facility. OnCourse® will help you tell the story of the good work you’re already doing and enable you to improve; saving time and money, enhancing the natural qualities of your course, and boosting your reputation. Rather than spending a lot of time in discussions, drafting a detailed policy or developing a sustainability plan, your focus can be on actions that bring immediate benefit.

OnCourse® serves as your policy and plan – a statement of your commitment, and the path to accessing all the benefits sustainability can bring. And, if you would like to, you can use your OnCourse® report to qualify you for GEO Certified®, golf’s international ecolabel and a great platform for communications and publicity.

The programme is free, widely endorsed and only takes a few minutes to sign up at www.golfenvironment.org/oncourse.

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