PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:59:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 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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Gagli Glows at Lumine International Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/gagli-glows-at-lumine-international-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/gagli-glows-at-lumine-international-pro-am/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:25:10 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18010

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8 Top Tips For Working Abroad http://www.pgae.com/ask/8-top-tips-for-working-abroad/ http://www.pgae.com/ask/8-top-tips-for-working-abroad/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:26:05 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=14964

Taking the plunge and working outside of your native country can be a nerve-wracking thing, but with the right planning and preparation it could end up being the best move of your life.

Here are some top tips on what to think about before taking the plunge and then when you are on the ground…

1. Put Yourself Out There

If you are looking for a position then put yourself out there – many successful candidates for jobs in other countries have taken the plunge and gone out to the country first to either look for positions, connect and network with people, or perhaps even for a face-to-face interview rather than over Skype or the telephone.  Maybe even take an extended holiday and rent an apartment to get a taste of life there.

2. Research, Research, Research

Research the country, its history, culture and traditions.  You might be going somewhere quite similar to where you currently live but it is almost a certainty that they will do things differently and you should do your best to learn about these and adapt yourself to their country.

3. Understand the Golf Market

Just like everyday culture, the golf market has its intricacies and nuances in every country. We can see this at the PGAs of Europe quite easily on a day-to-day basis as each and every one of our 37 Member PGAs operates in their own unique way.

Locate some local golfing ‘experts’, journalists, PGAs, their PGA Professionals and the amateur Federation and simply send them an email or ask to meet to discuss how golf works in that country.

4. Get your documents In Order

Speak to your country’s foreign/international office and your national embassy in the destination country to make sure you are doing all the right things.  It’s great if your new employer is going to help sort a lot of it out but you need to ensure you understand everything you should yourself.

Make sure you understand the country’s employment regulations for international workers, what visa requirements there might be, travel documentation require, insurance, and of course any associated costs.

5. Find a Mentor

PGA of Germany Professional, Craig West, moved from South Africa to Germany and suggests having someone with you, at least at first, who can help you translate if required and understands what you need to do to get off on the right foot.  Plus they can be the link between you and other local people, fellow staff members and in the local golfing industry.

6. Learn the Language

The local language is one of the most important tools you can have when working in a different country.  It makes every day-to-day task easier and can allow you to understand and operate more effectively.  It also means locals will not have to adjust themselves to you as much which is great for building relationships with all walks of life.  Even a few words here and there to begin with can be very beneficial!

(And if they speak your native language there already then learn a new language anyway – it will always come in useful!)

7. Don’t expect it to be easy!

Working in a different country can potentially be the most difficult thing you ever do in your career – not only do you have to do the job effectively, but you also have to adapt yourself into a different environment at the same time. But with well thought-out preparation and commitment then you will be able to do your best in your new position.

8. Go With It!

Lastly, go with the flow and enjoy it!  Your day-to-day working experience and the enjoyment and benefits you get from working abroad is directly related to how you approach it, so do your best to be outgoing, meet new people, try new foods and experience new cultural aspects to ingratiate yourself into the local life.

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Pettersson Piles Pressure On Leader Gagli http://www.pgae.com/news/pettersson-piles-pressure-on-leader-gagli/ http://www.pgae.com/news/pettersson-piles-pressure-on-leader-gagli/#respond Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:36:11 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17994

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Faultless Gagli Takes Control At Lumine Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/faultless-gagli-takes-control-at-lumine-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/faultless-gagli-takes-control-at-lumine-pro-am/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:15:35 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17982

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lumine Golf Festival Kicks Off with PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship http://www.pgae.com/news/lumine-golf-festival-kicks-off-with-pgas-of-europe-fourball-championship/ http://www.pgae.com/news/lumine-golf-festival-kicks-off-with-pgas-of-europe-fourball-championship/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:59:49 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=18137

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Final Round Magic Clinches Fourball Championship for Hendriksen & Ruth http://www.pgae.com/news/final-round-magic-clinches-fourball-championship-for-hendriksen-ruth/ http://www.pgae.com/news/final-round-magic-clinches-fourball-championship-for-hendriksen-ruth/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:59:52 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17949

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PGA of Spain Dominance Sets Up Exciting Fourball Finale http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-spain-dominance-sets-up-exciting-fourball-finale/ http://www.pgae.com/news/pga-of-spain-dominance-sets-up-exciting-fourball-finale/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:02:58 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17915

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spectacular Spaniards Lead the Way at Lumine http://www.pgae.com/news/spectacular-spaniards-lead-the-way-at-lumine/ http://www.pgae.com/news/spectacular-spaniards-lead-the-way-at-lumine/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:31:44 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17903

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stage Set For 2017 Edition of the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship http://www.pgae.com/news/stage-set-for-2017-edition-of-the-pgas-of-europe-fourball-championship/ http://www.pgae.com/news/stage-set-for-2017-edition-of-the-pgas-of-europe-fourball-championship/#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 18:29:38 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17898

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Entries Open for 12th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/entries-open-for-12th-aegean-airlines-pro-am/ http://www.pgae.com/news/entries-open-for-12th-aegean-airlines-pro-am/#respond Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:08:10 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17864

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Images courtesy of Dimitris Andritsos Photography – dimitrisandritsos.gr]
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John Paramor Awarded Christer Lindberg Bowl For Services to European Golf http://www.pgae.com/news/john-paramor-awarded-christer-lindberg-bowl-for-services-to-european-golf/ http://www.pgae.com/news/john-paramor-awarded-christer-lindberg-bowl-for-services-to-european-golf/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:32:47 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17633

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

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

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

 

“I feel very proud, but obviously not worthy,” said Paramor. “I’ve loved my life in golf so this is the icing on the cake really, it’s absolutely fantastic.

“I’ve been very lucky to work with some fantastic people, some absolutely brilliant players and I owe them for the chance that it’s given me to try and help them.

“I’m also lucky to have worked with some great administrators in the game…Ken Schofield at the start – he employed me and John Jacobs was very much on the scene at that time too.

“The first people I worked with were George O’Grady and Tony Gray, so I was able to take all their best points – well I hope I did anyway – and use them as my own! And now of course we are in the era of Keith Pelley who is bringing a freshness and a vibrancy to the game itself.”

Paramor began his golfing career as a player but moved away from the thought of playing for a living having seen the likes of Neil Coles, Bernard Hunt and Peter Butler play, whilst caddying for the latter.

With a fascination for the Rules of Golf, Paramor was able to join the European Tour in 1976 as a Referee. Over the coming years Paramor would progress to become a Tournament Director in 1979, Director of Tour Operations in 1985 and subsequently Chief Referee in 1991.

Since then he has overseen some of the biggest tournaments in the world and has recently passed his 100th Major Championship as a referee and is not far from his 1000th tournament. He has refereed some of the greatest golfers of all time and in 2016 was the Chief Referee at the return of Olympic Golf in Rio

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

Paramor was presented with his award at the Association’s Gala Awards Dinner having led a session with Annual Congress Delegates earlier in the day on some of the many highlights he has had throughout his career.

“It’s very special to be present at the Annual Congress because, certainly from a rules perspective, so many of the Professionals in Europe, and Member Countries of the PGAs of Europe have to anchor the rules and teach the youngsters coming into the game. So they have a very strong and important role in the future of the game.

“It’s been great to be here and be amongst the PGAs, trying to pass on a little bit of the fun that I’ve had so that they can take that forward…hopefully helping European golf to be stronger than ever.”

There is little sign of Paramor’s involvement and authority in the rules world diminishing and having had such influence in the sport for so long ensures a lasting legacy will remain for many years to come.

“I hope I can continue to a point just before the players want to get rid of me! But I want to make sure that hopefully I’ve left the game in a better place than when I joined it.”

Paramor joins an illustrious roll of honour with fellow Christer Lindberg Bowl winners including Annika Sorenstam, Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, Neil Coles, Sir Michael Bonallack, Ken Schofield CBE, Joe Steranka, IMG and recently appointed PGAs of Europe Honorary President, George O’Grady CBE.

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

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Wrigley Powers To Victory In Mercedes-Benz International http://www.pgae.com/news/wrigley-powers-to-victory-in-mercedes-benz-international/ http://www.pgae.com/news/wrigley-powers-to-victory-in-mercedes-benz-international/#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:52:56 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17846

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Alex Wrigley produced a dominant display on the final two days to win the 2017 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in the UAE.

Having been runner-up in the event in both 2015 and 2016, Wrigley followed up his course record round of 63 (-7) in Round 03 with a three-under par round of 67 to close the tournament in style on 14-under par (266).

 

“It was a totally different day to what we’ve been used to out here with no sun,” said Wrigley.  “A lot more wind than we’ve normally had, so it was a little bit of a grind.  Chris was on for a really good round and fortunately he fell a little bit shy of me.

“I love this place, I can read the greens really well and the holes just seem to suit me…even the new nine holes…the win fills me with confidence for the rest of the year.

“I’m also really happy for my team too, to finish second is fantastic and I’m really pleased for them.  I had my dad and granddad out here along with Neil.”

In windy conditions, only four players were able to shoot under par for the day, in the event supported by Mercedes-Benz, Eastern Motors LLC, and Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

One of the four was another PGA of GB&I Professional, Chris Gane, who emerged from the pack to put down the only challenge to the eventual winner.

Gane started seven shots back, but made great strides for an excellent six-under round of 64, to leave him ten-under (270) for the tournament and holding the clubhouse lead.

However, seemingly unphased by the mounting pressure from Gane, Wrigley continued where he left off in the third round and birdied the par-four 4th and the par-five 7th to complete a blemish-free front nine of 33 (-2). 

A bogey followed on the 12th – only his second bogey in 54-holes – but he soon recovered the shot, making birdie on the par-four 14th. Another birdie on the 18th capped off a fantastic week for Wrigley, who came agonisingly close to winning twelve months ago where he had lost out in a two-man playoff.

The two Brits were well clear of the rest of the field, which was headed by Ondrej Lieser of the PGA of Czech Republic.

Lieser shot a three-under round of 67, consisting of four birdies, to end with a four-round total of 275 (-5). After struggling in the first round, Lieser produced some great golf to complete a top-three finish.

The Team Pro-Am Competition concluded in Round 03 and was won by the team consisting of PGA of Greece Professional Christos Nikopoulas and amateurs Nikos Valsamidis, Sungjin Hwang and Moonwon Jo, who managed to maintain their Round 02 lead and win by nine points with a total of 268 points (-42).

“I had a great team…we nearly didn’t show up as I only had one amateur, but the guys here found me two excellent amateurs who played great,” said Nikopoulos.  “The course was very good and we enjoyed it a lot…the hotel and venue are very good.  I will come back and, as I said to the team, this is a winning team so we won’t change it for next year!”

Finishing in second place with 259 points was the team made up of Individual Professional winner, Alex Wrigley, and amateurs Jonathan Wrigley, Neil Ashby and John Fawcett, after they scored the best team total of the day with 94 points. Michael Nesbit’s (PGA of GB&I) team of Stephen Dixon, David Lawson and Tony Brown completed the top three with 258 points.

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

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To find out more about Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club visit www.aesgc.ae.

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Wrigley Sets New Course Record With Sparkling 63 http://www.pgae.com/news/wrigley-sets-new-course-record-with-sparkling-63/ http://www.pgae.com/news/wrigley-sets-new-course-record-with-sparkling-63/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:14:47 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17833

Alex Wrigley lit up Round 03 of the Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in the UAE with a sublime round of 63 (-7), moving him three shots clear at the top of the leaderboard.

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional shot a bogey-free second round and started the day in joint second, five shots behind overnight leader, Mark Ridley. However, Wrigley soon closed the deficit and pulled clear of his fellow Brit.

 

“I started off really well being five-under through seven, but then hit a brick wall bogeying nine and struggling for pars,” explained Wrigley “But then I holed a birdie putt on 12 and made 18 in two and holed the putt for eagle.

“The new layout is great actually compared to last year, it is a different test with a bit more strategy required… I’m getting used to it and today was the best one yet!

“It will be good fun tomorrow… I know Mark [Ridley] very well and we are good friends, and I know Darren [Bragg] as well so we will hopefully have a really good day.”

Wrigley was in tantalising form, shooting five birdies on the front nine to reach the turn in 31 (-4).  Another birdie followed on the 12th and he finished his round off with a spectacular eagle on the par-five 18th, to leave him on a three round total of 199 (-11).

His seven-under round of 63 sets a new course record and puts him three shots clear of his closest challenger going into the final round.

In second place is the PGA of GB&I’s Mark Ridley who shot a round of 71 (+1) giving him a total of 202 (-8) for the tournament. Although Ridley struggled to score as freely as he did yesterday, managing only one birdie on the par-four 14th, he is only three-shots back of the leader and well within striking distance.

Darren Bragg (PGA of GB&I) completes the all-British top three after a good two-under round today and is five-under for the tournament. Filip Eriksson (PGA of Sweden) and Chris Gane (PGA of GB&I) are both on four-under and will need very low scores tomorrow to keep themselves in contention.

The team consisting of PGA of Greece Professional, Christos Nikopoulos, and amateurs Nikos ValsamidisSungjin Hwang and Moonwon Jo, held on to their lead to win the three-round Team Pro-Am Competition by nine points. The team scored an excellent 93 points (-23) to finish with a total of 268 points (-42).

“I had a great team…we nearly didn’t show up as I only had one amateur, but the guys here found me two excellent amateurs who played great,” said Nikopoulos “The course was very good and we enjoyed it a lot…the hotel and venue are very good.

“It was my first visit here and it was my first win at a PGAs of Europe event.  I will come back and, as I said to the team, this is a winning team so we won’t change it for next year!”

Finishing in second place was the team led by Alex Wrigley (259 points) who scored the best team total of the day with 94 points. Team Nesbit (258) complete the top three with Team Bragg (256) and Team Gane (256) in tie-fourth.

The Team Pro-Am Competition has been a great contest and the Individual Competition is set up perfectly for what promises to be a compelling final round.

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

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To find out more about Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club visit www.aesgc.ae.

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Eagle-Eyed Ridley Takes a Commanding Lead at Mercedes-Benz International http://www.pgae.com/news/eagle-eyed-ridley-takes-a-commanding-lead-at-mercedes-benz-international/ http://www.pgae.com/news/eagle-eyed-ridley-takes-a-commanding-lead-at-mercedes-benz-international/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:39:51 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17794

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Mark Ridley produced a blemish-free second round of 64 (-6) to take a commanding five-shot lead at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in the UAE.

Ridley, who started the day three shots adrift of first round leader Filip Eriksson (PGA of Sweden), continued his excellent form from yesterday and is the only player in the field to shoot under par for both the first two rounds.

 

“It all went a bit better than yesterday… I was much more solid and holed a few more putts then I did yesterday,” said Ridley.  “I holed a nice one on a par-five for an eagle so that was nice bonus!

“I’m feeling fine – bring it on… it will be great to just go out tomorrow and do my best, and hopefully hang on.”

The highlight of Ridley’s round was undoubtedly the eagle he made on the par-five 7th. Two more birdies on the front nine meant he reached the turn in a four-under 31.

After seven pars in a row on the back nine, Ridley capped off his superb day with a birdie on each of the last two holes, leaving him on a total of 131 (-9) for the tournament.

In second place is overnight leader Eriksson who found it considerably harder to score than yesterday and shot a two-over round of 72, giving him a total of 136 (-4).

He is joined in second place by Alex Wrigley of the PGA of GB&I. Wrigley shot a bogey-free round of 66 (-4), making birdies on holes, four, five, 11 and 17 for the second lowest round of the day.

Just behind the top three are Darren Bragg (PGA of GB&I – 137), Nicolo Gaggero (PGA of Italy – 138) and Johanna Gustavsson (PGA of Sweden – 139) who are all under par, but are a long way back of the leader Ridley.

Leading in the Team Pro-Am Competition are Christos Nikopoulas of the PGA of Greece and his team consisting of amateurs Nikos Valsamidis, Sungjin Hwang and Moonwon Jo, who scored an impressive 89 points (-19) to give them a two round total of 175 points (-33).

However, they are hotly pursued by Team Bragg (174), Team Ridley (173) and Team Nesbit (172) who are all within 4 points of the leaders, setting up an intriguing Round 03 in Al Ain.

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

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To find out more about Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club visit www.aesgc.ae.

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Slovenia’s Uroš Gregorič Wins Leading European Award for Golf Development http://www.pgae.com/news/slovenias-uros-gregoric-wins-leading-european-award-for-golf-development/ http://www.pgae.com/news/slovenias-uros-gregoric-wins-leading-european-award-for-golf-development/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:09:46 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17755

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

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

 

Thanks to the work of Gregorič, the PGA of Slovenia’s Professional education programme gained ‘PGA Coach’ level status in the PGAs of Europe’s European Education Level System (EELS) that is used to mark the required programme standards in Member Country PGAs.

The PGA of Slovenia is the first emerging country of its size to achieve this recognition and, with the key input of Gregorič, have created a sustainable programme that will continue to advance in the coming years, whilst also providing a fantastic example to other emerging countries about what is achievable and how.

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

“Thank you for the great recognition,” said Gregorič after receiving the award at Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Turkey. “It has been great achieving the award, the goals of the PGA of Slovenia, and getting recognised for the development in our country.

“The knowledge of our Professionals will move the PGA, and golf, forward. I do a lot of education for myself, but I also want to deliver it to the other pros who do not travel that much and do not have the opportunity to go abroad…I think that the better the system, the better the coaches and the better the players.”

Gregorič was appointed as Head of Education of the Golf Association of Slovenia in 2005 and latterly Head of Education for the PGA of Slovenia. Since then has been primarily responsible for substantial advancements made in the sport’s education.

“We’ve been working for quite some time to get this [EELS] recognition and I am very proud of all of the tutors who have done a great job at putting the programmes together,” Gregorič added.

Before Gregorič’s appointment as Head of Education, the existing systems in place had fairly simplistic guidelines and lacked depth. However, by 2006, the education system had been extended to a thorough three-level program, designed by Gregorič, and was recognised for the first time by the Slovenian Ministry of Sports and Education.

He was rewarded for his efforts in developing the education system and was made Vice President of the PGA of Slovenia in 2013 and later on named Head of Education specifically for the PGA. There he has made it his priority to further improve the education of the PGA members and ensure the game continues to grow in the country.

“In the future, I am going to stay involved in education definitely and we might extend the programme to the top level hopefully in the near future – I haven’t told that to Boris [Kosuta, President of the PGA of Slovenia] yet! But I want to improve players in Slovenia so we have male and female players on the European and PGA Tours; that’s our goal.”

Gregorič‘s interests lie not only in the administrative arena as well – as a player he was a Slovenian amateur team member, then turning Professional in 2004, and as a coach he founded the ‘Golf Academy Diners Club Ljubljana’ and has worked as Head Coach for the Slovenian national team and is also an advisor to the Serbian national teams.

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

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Excellent Eriksson Establishes Three-shot Lead in Al Ain http://www.pgae.com/news/excellent-eriksson-establishes-three-shot-lead-in-al-ain/ http://www.pgae.com/news/excellent-eriksson-establishes-three-shot-lead-in-al-ain/#respond Mon, 30 Jan 2017 23:39:12 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17770

Round 01 of the fourth edition of the Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in the UAE got underway in beautiful conditions, with the PGA of Sweden’s Filip Eriksson leading the way.

Eriksson shot a blemish-free round of 64 (-6) and was one of only two players to finish under par for the day.

 

“It was a great day for me,” said Eriksson. “I actually worked here for three months last year so I know parts pretty well.  I had a good round [in practice] yesterday, and then today was very solid… plus I had a fun group to play with so that helps.

“The new front nine is tougher than last year and much better.  I managed to make two long putts so that was pretty good.  I know the back nine really well having had around 100 rounds here last year!”

The Swede was quickly into his stride, birdieing two of the first four holes, and then going on to birdie the par-three 8th, reaching the turn in a three-under 32.

He began the back nine in the same tantalising form, making birdie at both the par-five 10th and the par-four 14th, before securing his final birdie on the 17th. Eriksson’s superb round leaves him three shots clear of his nearest challenger and gives him a nice buffer over the rest of the 28 Professional-strong field.

His closest pursuer, and the only other player to score under par for the day, is Mark Ridley of the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland who is three shots back.

Unlike Eriksson, Ridley got his round off to a slow start, bogeying the par-four 2nd. However, he soon got back on track and birdied the 4th, 5th and 7th to finish the front nine in 33 (-2). Ridley’s back nine consisted of two birdies and one bogey to complete his round on a three-under par 67.

There is a four-way tie for third as Nicolo Gaggero (PGA of Italy), Alex Wrigley (PGA of GB&I), Steven Munro (PGA of UAE) and Darren Bragg (PGA of GB&I) all shot rounds of even par (70).

The Team Pro-Am Competition is a much more closely fought contest as the first three teams are separated by only three points. Team Munro, made up of Professional Steven Munro and amateurs Robert Horridge, Hye Sook Jee and Sukura Kawakami, have a slender advantage after finishing the day with 90 points (-20), however, hot on their heels are team Bragg (89 points) and team Nesbit (88 points).

For More Information Visit: http://eur.pe/2017MercInt

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Mike Walker Lands Top European Coaching Award in Name of Late-Great John Jacobs http://www.pgae.com/news/mike-walker-lands-top-european-coaching-award-in-name-of-late-great-john-jacobs/ http://www.pgae.com/news/mike-walker-lands-top-european-coaching-award-in-name-of-late-great-john-jacobs/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:37:21 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17635

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

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

 

“I feel very humbled and very proud – especially with John Jacobs linked to my roots at Hallamshire and Lindrick Golf Clubs at different stages,” said Walker. “One of my players, Matt Fitzpatrick, originates from Hallamshire, and my first proper golf lesson was at Lindrick with Pete Cowen so it seems quite fitting.

“I am extremely honoured to be associated with such a household name, especially with his recent passing. My condolences go to his family and friends and I hope they know how much this means to me.”

The John Jacobs Award is the PGAs of Europe’s highest coaching accolade and is presented to a PGA Professional who has excelled as a golf coach at all levels of the game, be it with elite or beginner players alike across a number of years.

Previous winners of the award have included Shane Lowry’s coach, Neil Manchip, along with Michael Bannon, coach of Rory McIlroy and Salvador Luna, coach of Sergio Garcia.

“I know it’s a cliché but everybody values being acknowledged by their peers,” added Walker. “Obviously you just try to go to work everyday and do your best…if things like this happen then it gives you a boost of confidence that you must be doing something right, and it’s really pleasing and satisfying.”

Having turned professional in 2003, Walker established himself as a coach at the Pete Cowen Golf Academy in Rotherham, England. There he has assisted Cowen with some of his top players, whilst also taking players on in his own right from 2010.

Walker currently coaches the likes of Danny Willett, US Amateur, British Masters, Nordea Masters and DP World Tour Championship winner, Mathew Fitzpatrick, and 2016 BMW PGA Championship Winner, Chris Wood, and spends the majority of his time travelling with his players on the European and PGA Tours.

“What has driven me forward in coaching is an obsession for golf technique – being brutally honest it’s for selfish reasons to begin with, but then when you don’t manage it yourself [as a player] the people you are actually teaching become the vehicle to do the same thing – it’s really just an obsession with the topic.”

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

His players have achieved over 20 tournament victories between them and he has worked with seven Ryder Cup players in total and in Willett, Fitzpatrick and Wood, coached 3 of the players on the European team in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Along with his Ryder Cup team members, 2016 was particularly successful for Walker, most notably with Danny Willett winning his first major championship, becoming the first British player to win at Augusta National for 20 years.

Walker has worked with Mathew Fitzpatrick from an early age, during which time he has gone on to become World Amateur number one and graduated on to the Professional ranks where he continues to make waves.

Much of Walker’s success can be attributed to the mentorship and help of Pete Cowen, who began by coaching Walker during his playing career but latterly was the catalyst for sending him down a coaching path:

“I was extremely privileged to work with Pete – I had one of the best coaches in the world on tap. I wouldn’t be receiving this award if it wasn’t for Pete – it’s that simple, I owe him a lot.

“A lot of coaches keep their cards to their chest but Pete keeps renewing your interest. What I most enjoy is talking technique and hitting balls with him, comparing ideas, seeing what players do with him, and with me, what works, and what doesn’t – it’s constantly stimulating your interest and it’s a fortunate position to be in.”

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

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Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am Set Again For Al Ain http://www.pgae.com/news/mercedes-benz-international-pro-am-set-again-for-al-ain/ http://www.pgae.com/news/mercedes-benz-international-pro-am-set-again-for-al-ain/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:01:27 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17743

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council will take place at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club from 29th January to 2nd February, as the popular Pro-Am returns for its fourth year.

The event takes place over 5 days and consists of a practice round, a three-round team event, and on the final day an individual amateur competition while the Professionals play together to complete their 72 hole total and decide their winner.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club for the fourth year in a row to sponsor the Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am”, Mohammed AL Momani – General Manager, Eastern Motors, commented. “As the dealership of Mercedes-Benz in Al Ain and automotive member of Al Fahim Group, at Eastern Motors we put our corporate social responsibility at the forefront by being actively present in social and athletic events that are in line with our elite brand. We also take it as an opportunity to get to know our customer’s hobbies and interests to further enhance our relationship with them. Good luck to all the players and we look forward to welcoming you all to this exquisite event!”

“The PGAs of Europe are looking forward to returning to Al Ain for the fourth edition of the Pro-Am,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.  “Gavin Chappell and his team at Al Ain always put on a fantastic week for PGA Professionals and their amateur competitors and I am sure this year will be no exception – especially after the recent changes to the course that we are sure will make for a highly competitive event.”

“We are really pleased to see another full field for the event, and I am sure that the quality of the golf on display over the week will be to the same high standards we have seen in the previous years. The course is in excellent condition thanks to Peter Forrester and his team and I know that the players who are returning to Al Ain cannot wait to play the new front 9”, said AESGC’s Golf Manager, Gavin Chappell. “It is also a privileged to have such great and continued support again for this year’s event, with Eastern Motors and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, along with the event again being sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe.”

This year will see 27 teams competing for the title with Professionals from 11 different countries taking part in their own individual event as well. 2016 professional winner George Schultes unfortunately will not be returning to defend his title that he won in the dramatic play off last year, along with the winners of the 2014 and 2015 events so a new professional champion is guaranteed for 2017.

For More Information Visit: http://eur.pe/2017MercInt

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George O’Grady Named PGAs of Europe Honorary President http://www.pgae.com/news/george-ogrady-named-pgas-of-europe-honorary-president/ http://www.pgae.com/news/george-ogrady-named-pgas-of-europe-honorary-president/#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:57:46 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17724

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Team Germany Holds Their Nerve to Claim Gloria Glory http://www.pgae.com/news/team-germany-holds-their-nerve-to-claim-gloria-glory/ http://www.pgae.com/news/team-germany-holds-their-nerve-to-claim-gloria-glory/#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:37:23 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17640

The PGA of Germany Team added a pinch of coolness under pressure to a cocktail of top class golf and teamwork at Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Turkey to win the International Team Championship for the first time.

Both the PGA of Germany and Scotland teams had gone into the fourth negotiation of the New Course at Gloria Golf Club in the Turkish resort of Belek locked on 18-under-par.

And with Teams England and Ireland a stroke adrift of the leading pair, a tension-filled chase to claim the trophy and €6,000.00 first prize looked likely.

However, in the manner in which their nation’s footballers more often than not hold their nerve to prevail in penalty shoot-outs, Team Germany’s trio of Dennis Küpper, Christopher Godson and Florian Jahn strolled rather than scrambled to victory.

“This is what it is all about,” said Küpper. “We won the trophy and the European Championship and I love it! Gloria Hotels & Resorts, BMW and the PGAs of Europe gave us a very nice week and we really enjoyed it.”

“We started with three German Professionals for the first time this year and it’s a good victory for the PGA of Germany and we are very proud,” said Jahn.

Godson added: “I felt some pressure when we started but I knew we could improve every day – I really had a good time and Dennis did a great job.”

Once again Küpper played a pivotal role. Having gone into the final 18 holes on 13-under for the tournament, the 31-year-old from Krefeld maintained his position as the event’s leading individual with a final round of five-under (67).

Add to that Godson replicating his third round of four-under and Team Germany’s final return of nine-under gave them a final score of 27-under (549) and victory by three strokes.

All of which looked the probable outcome when both teams reached the turn. At that stage they had opened up a three-stroke advantage over Team Scotland and were two clear of Teams England and Ireland.

Scotland, with Greig Hutcheon posting four-under and Greg McBain completing his round in two-under and an overall total of -24 (552), rallied on the back nine but birdies from Küpper and Godson on the par five 18th averted any 11th hour dramas or the need for a play-off.

Whereas Team Scotland threatened to interrupt or even ruin Germany’s potential victory both England and Ireland faded after promising play earlier in the Championship.

The former finished on four-under for the day, six adrift of the winners in third place on 21-under (555), and Ireland were a shot further back in fourth after a final round of three-under.

The International Team Shield event, in which PGAs with 100 members or fewer were eligible, was successfully defended by inaugural winners, the PGA of Turkey.

PGA Professionals Gencer Özcan, Ulas Karatas and Hakan Yamaç represented the host nation finishing in tie-seventh in the overall Championship but topping the Shield leaderboard for the second year in a row.

“It’s an emotional thing for us,” said Özcan. “Because me and my friends don’t have a lot of chances to play in these kind of events, so it’s really good. We want to thank the PGAs of Europe for hosting these kind of events in our country – it’s a great feeling for us.”

Yamaç added: “I feel perfect and it’s unbelievable – everybody did something in the event and everybody tried their hardest and we are so happy to win it again.”

“We also gained a lot of shots compared to last year, the team is getting stronger and hopefully we will make it another win again next year,” said Karatas.

LEADING SCORES

PGA of Germany (-27); PGA in Scotland (-24); PGA in England (-21); PGA in Ireland (-20); PGA in Wales (-19); PGA of Holland (-8); PGA of Turkey, PGA of Italy (-1)

For full Final Round scores and more visit http://eur.pe/ITC-2016

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U.S. Kids Golf Becomes Golf Development Partner of the PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/news/u-s-kids-golf-becomes-golf-development-partner-of-the-pgas-of-europe/ http://www.pgae.com/news/u-s-kids-golf-becomes-golf-development-partner-of-the-pgas-of-europe/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:00:02 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17564

U.S. Kids Golf, which has led the world in youth golf for 20 years, has signed a new agreement to become the Official Junior Club and a Golf Development Partner for the PGAs of Europe.

This partnership is a natural and exciting development for young golfers throughout Europe. U.S. Kids Golf offers nine sizes and three models of clubs, all specifically engineered to provide optimal golf swings for every player and ability level. Furthermore, players are fit by height instead of age, designed to provide a wide range of lightweight clubs that are fit for each player based on their swing. The clubs are up to 30 percent lighter than adult clubs with shaft flexes built for the specific club lengths, and grips made to fit players’ hands.

 

This wide range of products offers fantastic options for young players and can develop a young player from beginner all the way until they are ready for full-size equipment designed for adults.

The significance of the U.S. Kids Golf model is that young players continually keep equipment properly fit for them as they grow, making swing development and game improvement easier and more lasting.

The PGAs of Europe’s unique position in providing expertise in golf development around the globe, through the Ryder Cup European Development Trust and The R&A’s ‘Working for Golf’ Programme, means that the Association’s other Golf Development Partners are able to assist various programmes, projects and initiatives to grow the sport.

“Our plan for the partnership is to spread the word, especially in emerging markets,” said Lars-Hendrik Pirck [pictured left], Managing Director of ORGAHEAD Consulting Trading GmbH, the distributor for U.S. Kids Golf in much of Europe.

“We want to make it clear to people that kids should be playing with the right equipment so they can be successful, enjoy themselves and ultimately stay in the game. The PGAs of Europe Golf Development Partnership gives us the vehicle to do this throughout Europe and further afield.”

PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell [pictured right], added: “This partnership with U.S. Kids Golf further strengthens our golf development strategy and our role within the development of the sport around the world.

“There are a variety of development initiatives and activities that we are working on at the moment, including conducting pan-European research into successful programmes, alongside other stakeholders in Golf Europe and a golf development toolkit. This partnership provides a market-leading junior equipment supplier to recommend where appropriate. This in turn will ensure young players use appropriate and effective equipment to further their enjoyment and love for golf.”

For More Information on U.S. Kids Golf Visit www.USKidsGolf.com

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John Jacobs: A European Golfing Legend http://www.pgae.com/news/john-jacobs-a-european-golfing-legend/ http://www.pgae.com/news/john-jacobs-a-european-golfing-legend/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:03:31 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17651

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Jacobs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Dobereiner, Golf Digest 1994

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Five Teams In The Hunt for Glory at Gloria http://www.pgae.com/news/five-teams-in-the-hunt-for-glory-at-gloria/ http://www.pgae.com/news/five-teams-in-the-hunt-for-glory-at-gloria/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.pgae.com/?p=17641

The stage is set for a dramatic final round of the International Team Championship as Teams Germany and Scotland share the lead and their closest pursuers are just a shot behind.

Germany and Scotland go into it locked on 18-under (414), just one stroke clear of Teams England and Ireland after the third negotiation of the New Course at Gloria Golf Club in the Turkish resort of Belek.

Such a bunched leaderboard is at odds with the scenario at the start of play when the gap between Germany in pole position and Scotland in fourth was five strokes 

But Scotland, runners up in 2015 and winners 12 months earlier, showed all their experience in reducing the deficit. 

Greig Hutcheon and Greg McBain proved their men for the occasion with rounds of six (66) and four-under (68) respectively while the third member of the team, Graham Fox, had a rare off day. 

“I was exceptionally poor today,” he admitted. “I decided to get rid of the bad stuff and save the best for tomorrow!”

Fox was a member of Team Scotland that lost to France in a play-off last year and was victorious in 2014. Despite those experiences, however, the Scots will go into the final round without a specific game plan.

“There are three very good golfers in our team,” he added. “So there’s no need to change anything. We’ll just go out and try our best – what will be will be.”

Team Germany are adopting a similar line as Dennis Küpper [pictured below, left] explained: “There’s been no plan so far so we’ll keep it like that.

“It’s a great golf course in great condition. You need to be a good player to score here – so if you win here you deserve it.”

Thus far Küpper has scored well here – his 13-under-par return makes him the tournament’s leading individual.

However, as its title suggests, the International Team Championship is a team event.  So, with Küpper’s return of one-under representing his least influential score in the tournament, it fell to Christopher Godson [picture below, middle, alongside Florian Jahn, right] to step up to the plate.

And he did so in fine style, weighing in with a round of four-under, the highlight of which was an eagle at the par five 18th.

Teams England and Ireland also made up ground on Germany after beginning the tournament’s penultimate round four and three strokes adrift respectively.

Paul Hendriksen proved England’s ace in the pack with a round of six-under and Michael McDermott (four-under) followed suit for the Irish.

At first sight, the battle to be crowned champions looks a four-cornered one but, with the best two scores from three counting, Team Wales is very much in the shake up.

After a round in which Liam Bond posted a score of five-under and Garry Houston weighed in with a two-under-par return, they are on 13-under for the tournament.

That leaves them just five shots shy of the lead and Team Scotland’s achievement in reducing Germany’s overnight advantage will not have gone unnoticed by Bond, Houston and Stuart Runcie.

In addition to the quartet of challengers for the trophy, The PGA of Holland (six-under), Turkey (two-under) and Finland (one-under) are all under par for the tournament. 

In Turkey’s case that means they are well on course to retain the International Shield in the tournament within a tournament. 

The competition is for teams representing a PGA with 100 members or fewer and Turkey go into the final round cushioned by a 14-shot advantage over the PGA of Russia. 

The in-form player, Ulas Karatas, is five-under after three rounds and just one of 13 players under-par for the event.

LEADING SCORES

PGA of Germany, PGA in Scotland (-18); PGA in Ireland, PGA in England (-17); PGA in Wales (-13); PGA of Holland (-6); PGA of Turkey (-2); PGA of Finland (-1)

For Full Round 03 Scores visit http://eur.pe/ITC-2016

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