2014 Annual Congress

December 8 - December 11. 2014

Event List

The 2014 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) dual-event is heading across the Mediterranean to its new home of Turkey and the stunning Belek-based Gloria Golf Resort from the 8th – 11th December.

The Annual Congress will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year and has traditionally been hosted in Spain and Portugal. A new three-year agreement with Gloria means the Annual Congress and ITC have a new home in one of the fastest growing golfing regions on the planet.

Gloria Hotels & Resorts

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

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

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

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

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


Gloria Hotels & Resorts
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Gloria Hotels & Resorts

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

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

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

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


Ryder Cup European Development Trust

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

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

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

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



Rolex support the PGAs of Europe Annual Gala Awards.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Adam Mitukiewicz

Adam’s adventure with golf began in 1994 and he has been a Fully Qualified member of the PGA of Poland since 2007. Until 2008 he organised the biggest tournaments in Poland but now currently works as Head Professional in the biggest golf academy in Poland – Sobienie Performance Academy – and has also authored many golf articles.

As General Secretary of the PGA Poland he is responsible for marketing, communication and image of the Association.

Andrea Mantoan

    Head of the Training Commission, PGA of Switzerland

    Web: www.swisspga.ch

    Andrea was born in South Africa, but has been working in Switzerland since 1994.

    In 2000 Andrea created the Mantaon Golf Academy and has been running it ever since.  He then began working for the Swiss PGA Training Commission in 2002 and became the Head of the Training Commission in 2012.

    Borislav Todorovic

      President, PGA of Serbia

      Web: www.golfasocijacijasrbije.rs/spgu

      Borislav is a known amateur golf aficionado, who was appointed President of  the PGA of Serbia in August of 2013.  As an internationally experienced Project Manager in the Banking, eGovernment and the Public Finance Sector, he held senior positions in Delloite Consulting and previously Bearing Point, based in Mc. Lean Virginia.  In 2002 he was appointed as a Senior Advisor to highest Government officials in Serbia, including the Board of Central Bank, Governor, Minister of Finance, etc.  Previously he served as VP of Technology at Citibank Latin America (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) where he gained broad international experience managing efforts in more than 20 countries.

      Since 2011 Borislav has been based in Belgrade, Serbia, and continues his work as an advisor to a number of technology companies that would like to grow their businesses in selected emerging markets, currently concentrating on Kenya and East Africa.  In Serbia he continues to support Government reforms providing his public sector change management expertise to the government and donor agencies and financial advice to private companies seeking foreign investments.

      Chris Lightfoot

      Chris is a leading internationally recognised builder of commercial returns for marquee brands. He founded Whitestone International to specialise in building the value of intangibles by developing and aligning brand strategy, identity, communications and commercial programmes with the drivers of corporate, brand and sporting value.

      With business returns and value at the heart of Whitestone’s philosophy, its clients including FIFA, IAAF, the Olympic Council of Asia, Aegon, Reebok, Adidas and others have seen both their business and brand objectives consistently realised.

      Chris played a pioneering role as a director and creative director at Interbrand from 1990–2000 before forming Whitestone. During his time at Interbrand, he developed the business and led numerous national and international strategic, identity, communications and marketing programmes for brands such as Volvo, BiC, Hewlett Packard, British Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, Oxfam, Interactive Investor International, UBS Warburg, Coca-Cola, Bass, Scottish and Newcastle, Mobil, Royal Mail and IBM, amongst others. He also played an integral part in transferring corporate brand strategy and design to fit sports models such as FIFA, and the ATP Tennis Masters Series.

      Chris is a former Director of British Universities & College Sports, and Coolbrands council member. He is currently a trustee of R4UK – the sister charity of Rugby USA, which focuses on sports as a key driver of mental strength and physical wellbeing for under privileged and disenfranchised youth. He is also a regular speaker at business conferences and commentator on National news, including Sky news, Channel 4, Channel 5, 5 Live and a wide variety of sports and national press.

      Donato Di Ponziano

      Honorary President, PGAs of Europe

      Web: www.pgae.com

      Donato has been Honorary President of the Association since 2012 having spent  20 years on the PGAs of Europe Board, including several as Vice-Chairman.

      From 2003 to 2012 he was the President of the Organising Committee of the Italian Open and is also a member of the Italian PGA Hall of Fame in recognition of being a pioneering figure for the PGA of Italy over a lengthy period.

      Donato became a golf professional in 1981 and from 1983 to 2012 he was the Director of the National School of Golf for the Italian Golf Federation.  He was instrumental in the development of the Teaching and Coaching Conference, a member of the Ryder Cup Policy Board and a Golf Development Consultant for The R&A’s Working For Golf programme.

      Duncan Weir

        Executive Director – Working for Golf, The R&A

        Web: www.RandA.org

        Duncan Weir, 51, joined The R&A’s staff in May 1985 following four years on a golf scholarship at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1984).

        He worked almost entirely on The Open Championship from 1985 to 2000 before being appointed as The R&A’s first Director of Golf Development. In 2012 he was given the new title of Executive Director – Working for Golf.

        Duncan played a great deal of amateur golf and won the Scottish Boys’ and Scottish Schoolboys’ Championships in 1979 and the Fife Stroke Play Championship in 1982 and 1985. In 1989 he reached the semi- finals of the Scottish Amateur Championship. He also represented Scotland and Great Britain & Ireland and also played for his home county of Fife from 1977 to 2007.

        Starting at Burntisland Golf House Club, Duncan won the club championship there in 1979, ‘80 and ‘81 and also won the club championship at Lundin Golf Club in 2001.  At different times he has held the course records at both Burntisland and Lundin and his handicap was scratch at its lowest and now plays off of one.  Away from golf, Duncan is married to Kim and has two sons, Russell aged 21, and Callum aged 15, and also enjoys football, travelling and keeping fit.

        Edward Kitson

          Match Director of The 2014 Ryder Cup, European Tour

          Web:  www.EuropeanTour.com

          Edward Kitson joined The European Tour as a Staging Assistant in 1989, working on the PGA Championship , European Open, Italian Open and Ryder Cup Matches.

          Between 1992-1995 Edward moved to become Project Manager for European Tour Properties working on the development of new Tour Courses and worked closely with IMG on the development of the new joint venture European Golf Design (EGD).

          In 1996, he rejoined to the Tour’s Staging Department (now Championship Management) as Director of Tournament Services and Staging Director of The Ryder Cup and has led on the Staging and implementation of a number of events including the BMW PGA Championship, Irish Open, European Open, Wales Open, Senior Open Championship, and the Dubai World Championship.

          With the growth of The Ryder Cup over the past few years, Edward’s primary focus has been on that challenging project. He was responsible for the detailed planning and infrastructure of The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and is now over-seeing the logistical planning for the 2018 match in France.

          On a day to day basis Edward works closely with all the various teams at Ryder Cup Europe covering areas such as Sponsorship, PR, Hospitality, Ticketing, Risk Management, Accounts and Team arrangements.

          Emma Ford

            Personal & Career Development Consultant, Coaching4Careers

            Web: www.coaching4careers.co.uk

            aa has worked as an independent in the area of personal and career development for the past 8 years.  Prior to this she worked in the Energy Industry for 16 years, latterly managing Graduate Selection in Europe for a multinational organisation, the tools and processes she developed were shared as best practice for experienced and MBA hire globally.

            She has developed and delivered leadership and career management programmes and experiential skills workshops including team working, networking, presentations, leadership of self and others.  She coaches globally based clients who work across a variety of sectors.

            Emma also has a strong interest in sports coaching and for the past 15 years has taught disabled youngsters to ride, some of whom have successfully competed at National Championships.

            Enrique Martin

              Director of Education, Royal Spanish Golf Federation

              Web: www.rfegolf.es

              Enrique was born in Madrid, Spain, and has been a PGA of Spain Member Professional since 1993 and a Master Coach since 1996.

              He is a graduate of Marketing & Business Management, and gained a Masters in Business Administration from the “Escuela Internacional de Dirección Empresarial.”  He also has a Masters in Golf Operations and Golf Club Management from the Instituto de Empresa, Spain.

              Enrique has been Director of Education of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation and Director of the Spanish National Professional School (“Escuela Nacional de Técnicos Deportivos de Golf”) since 2011.

              Filippo Barbe

                PGAs of Europe Education Committee Member

                Web: www.pgae.com

                Filppo turned Professional in 1991 and was based at G.C. Biella in Italy and until 1996 played national and Challenge Tour events.

                He joined the Italian National Academy for Professional Education at the end of 1996 in Roma as the Assistant of Donato Di Ponziano.  In 1997 he worked with the Italian National Team and then also became a member of the PGAs of Europe Education Committee (formerly known as the Training  Standards Committee).

                More recently Filippo became the Director of Education for the Italian National Academy for the education of Professionals and also became a PGA of Italy Board Member.

                Fredrik Lindgren

                  Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, European Tour

                  Web:  www.EuropeanTour.com

                  As Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for the European Tour, Fredrik Lindgren has responsibility for ensuring the sustainable development of the European Tour on the social, environmental and financial levels. In practice this work involves optimising the impact of European Tour events on a local level.

                  Fredrik Lindgren also heads up the European Tour Performance Institute, which offers all golfers the opportunity to learn using the ETPIme process with tools developed by the European Tour’s medical professionals in collaboration with players and their coaches.

                  Fredrik Lindgren has a BSc in International Trade & Finance from Louisiana State University and has 12 years experience as a professional golfer on Scandinavian, Challenge and European Tours and has worked with the following PGA Coaches: Peter Chamberlain, David Duval, Mitchell Spearman, Simon Holmes, and Denis Pugh.

                  Glenn Cundari

                  Technical Director, PGA of Canada

                  Web: www.pgaofcanada.com

                  Glenn Cundari is a proud PGA member. He is the current Technical Director for the PGA of Canada, responsible for overseeing the technical content development and delivery of the National Coach Certification Program.

                  He was part of the original team that developed Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Guide. Glenn now is the PGA of Canada technical lead as LTPD undergoes its first comprehensive update since its inception in 2007.

                  In addition, Glenn delivers instructor and coach training throughout Canada. His work in these areas has led him to speak about instructor and coach development around the world.

                  Glenn is a member of the PGA World Alliance Education Committee. As well, he is a Golf Development Professional as part of the R&A Working for Golf Program.

                  Glenn is also the technical lead for the PGA of Canada on other initiatives such as CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior program, Special Olympics Golf Coach training and the National Golf in Schools program. Glenn is a former winner of the PGA of Canada’s National “Junior Leader of the Year” award for his work in developing junior golfers and athletes.

                  Jackie Davidson

                    ClubGolf Manager, ClubGolf Scotland

                    Web: www.clubgolfscotland.com

                    Jackie Davidson’s background is in Health and Fitness before moving into Sports Development. She started her sporting career with Triathlon, becoming a coach with the triathlonscotland Youth Squad before moving onto the Board of triathlonscotland as Director of Development, the following year becoming President.

                    Jackie’s volunteering roles provided her with the experience and knowledge to take up the full-time position as CEO of Scottish Cycling up until 2011 before becoming ClubGolf Manager, overseeing the national Junior Development programme for Golf.  A legacy to Scotland’s staging of the 2014 Ryder Cup, ClubGolf is set to leave a legacy of more youngsters in Scotland playing golf, ensuring the future growth of the game in the Home of Golf.

                    Jackie has remained active in volunteering, as a Director of Commonwealth Games Scotland, now entering her third Games cycle in this role.  Her Directorship role includes serving on the Selection Committee and Marketing Committee.  Jackie is also Chair of AM Soccer Club, with a membership approaching 500 and strong quality coaching ethos, it is a best practice example of youth development within Scottish football.

                    Jane Booth

                      Head of Coaching Systems, PGA of Great Britain & Ireland

                      Web: www.pga.info
                      Tw: @ThePGA

                      Having worked in the sports development sector since 1997 Jane now heads up the Coaching Systems Development team for the PGA across Great Britain and Ireland. Previous roles within Local Authorities, County Sports Partnerships and national agencies have given her a broad understanding of the challenges that exist within the wider sports development sector.

                      The completion of an MBA has enabled Jane to further develop a ‘business’ approach to sports development and my research focus on change management has provided a sound background to the drive for a major change programme within golf coaching across Great Britain and Ireland under the banner of ‘Right Coach; Right Place; Right Time’.

                      As a keen musician, Jane says her guitar playing is better developed than her golf! As a relative newcomer to golf, she have been fortunate to work with some great PGA Professionals who are passionate about golf and coaching and have helped her develop her own golfing knowledge and playing. They have certainly provided her with the ‘right coach in the right place at the right time’ and helped her to learn the game and steer her towards her potential.

                      Jeff Thompson

                        Chief Sport Officer, Golf Canada

                        Web: www.golfcanada.ca
                        Tw: @TheGolfCanada

                        With a passion for sport developed at a very young age, Jeff Thompson has been able gain a perspective of sport from a number of vantage points.

                        In his current position with Golf Canada (formerly RCGA) as Chief Sport Officer (2004–present) he oversees the development of the sport of golf from both a participation standpoint and the organisation’s grow the game strategies focused on both grassroots and high performance objectives.

                        Grassroots programming include CN Future Links, a program that has attracted more the 750,000 Canadian youth to the sport of golf as well as the Golf in Schools program. His responsibilities with respect to high performance surround the Canadian National Team program (Team Canada) in preparing the best up and coming players in Canada to compete on the LPGA and PGA Tour.

                        Jörg Krebs

                          Head of the School and University Dept., Deutschen Golf Verbandes (DGV)

                          Web: www.golf.de/dgv
                          Tw: @golfverband

                          Jörg has worked for the Deutschen Golf Verbandes (German Golf Association) since 2001 mainly working with schools and universities.

                          In 2007 he became a member of the German Schoolsport Foundation that represents 17 sports in Schools, and in 2012 became Chairman of the Sports Advisory Board.

                          Jose Vicente Perez

                            Head of Training, PGA of Spain

                            Web: www.pgaspain.es
                            Tw: @PGASpain

                            Jose is a full-time coach and is responsible for the marketing and promotion of the Masia Golf Academy in Valencia, Spain.

                            He has been teaching and coaching for the last 10 years and is the Head of Training for the PGA of Spain.

                            As a player he was a member of the first scholarship program for juniors of the RFEG (now known as the Blume program), and as a Professional, won the PGA of Spain Championship in 2013.

                            Linda Butler

                              Personal & Career Development Consultant, Coaching4Careers

                              Web: www.coaching4careers.co.uk

                              Linda has worked as a personal and career development consultant globally for 10 years. Prior to working independently Linda spent over 25 years in the public sector. She has worked in a government department, a local authority and higher education where she was a manager of people, responsible for providing learning and development as well as lean processes and effective customer service.

                              She has managed, developed and assessed teams and individuals to personally and professionally grow. She conducts coaching across sectors. Develops and delivers training programmes and workshops to support organisations and individuals (face to face and on-line), all of which include leadership development and career management.

                              Lodewijk Klootwijk

                                Chief Executive, European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA)

                                Web: www.egcoa.eu
                                Tw: @EGCOA

                                Lodewijk Klootwijk is chief executive of the European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA). This organization represents 14 national owners associations and more than 900 courses in 21 countries in Europe. The association was founded in 2004 and has three main goals: Grow the game of Golf, Represent the Golf Course owners on a European level and Professionalize the golf business.

                                The EGCOA organises the yearly European Golf Business Conference for owners, suppliers and other stakeholders in the industry, and has created a network of Multi Course Owners in Europe. The first meeting of this group took place in 2009. The EGCOA also has strong ties with the US NGCOA and NGCOA Canada. Together they form the World Alliance of Golf Course Owners, and cooperates with various organizations, like Golf Environment Organisation, FEGGA, CMAE, EIGCA, PGAE’s, EGIA, European Tour, etc.

                                Lodewijk is also chief executive of the Dutch Golf Course Owners Association. Lodewijk is member of the advisory council of the Foundation Golf Environment Organisation, treasurer of the Dutch Turfgrass research Foundation and member of the Education Policy Board of CMAE.

                                Lodewijk has been in the golf business since he graduated from University. He managed various golf courses in Holland. He is married with Marjon. They live in Amsterdam with their two children.

                                Luca Salvetti

                                  Board Director, PGAs of Europe

                                  Web: www.pgae.com
                                  Tw: @lucasalvetti2

                                  Luca has been a teaching and playing professional since the 90s, and as a PGA Class “A” Professional he is dedicated to coaching juniors, elite amateurs and golf pros, whilst sharing his playing, junior development and instruction expertise with everyone.

                                  He is a PGAs of Europe Tutor and is currently leading two golf academies – one in Italy, Lake Garda’s “0n Learning Golf Academy”; and one in England, “Swinghilterra” at Goodwood, West Sussex. Additionally he has been involved in providing golf expertise as a researcher for Verona’s Sport and Science University.

                                  Luca is also strongly committed to working as a golf consultant for Emporio Armani Apparel and Borsalino hats collections. While engrossed in his multidimensional professional life, he devotes much of his time to his family as the proud father of two girls, Matilde and Penelope, and counts on the support of his very helpful wife, Plo. His little spare time is dedicated to his collection of vintage and antique golf books and manuals.

                                  Mike Round

                                    Director of Development and Membership, Ladies European Tour

                                    Web: www.ladieseuropeantour.com
                                    Tw: @LETgolf

                                    Mike Round (48) was born in Great Barr, Birmingham and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in P.E., Sports Science and Recreation Management in 1987.

                                    He started his career as a Fitness Development Officer then spent nine years in local government, initially as a Sports Development Officer, and eventually as a Principal Leisure Officer. During that time, he was involved with the production of development plans across a variety of sports, the contract monitoring of a large leisure centre, the management of a number of sports facilities, the organisation of events, and the allocation of capital grants.

                                    In January 1998, he became the Golf Foundation’s first ever Development Manager and by September 1999 he had established the UK’s first network of Regional Development Officers. He took over as Chief Executive in May 2000 and oversaw an investment of approximately £1.7M per year into grass roots junior golf through a team of over 20 staff. In this role he was involved with the development and delivery of all of the Golf Foundation’s initiatives and he sat on Boards of the England Golf Partnership, Golf Development Wales, and ClubGolf (the national development partnership in Scotland).

                                    At the beginning of September 2014, Mike joined the Ladies European Tour (LET) as the Director of Development and Membership.  In this newly created post, he has been tasked with creating a strategy for how the LET can add value to the development plans in the countries where it has a connection.  This will involve working closely with a variety of local, national and international organisations to deliver programmes that inspire women and girls to want to play the sport, and help emerging players to achieve their full potential.

                                    Aside from his involvement in golf, he is an active basketball coach. Having had his own playing career cut short by injury, he now coaches an U14 Boys team in the Basketball England National League and has previously been an Assistant Coach at the England Basketball Midlands Area Performance Centre, as well as an Assistant Coach for the East Midlands U13s and U15s regional teams, and an U15s Head Coach at a county level.

                                    Paul Põhi

                                      General Secretary, PGA of Estonia

                                      Web: www.pga.ee

                                      Paul Põhi is the General Secretary of the PGA of Estonia, a role he started in 2011 and this year he has also started working as a Head Professional at Niitvälja Golf Club in Tallinn, Estonia.

                                      Paul is an advisory member at the Estonian Golf Association Junior department and is also involved with Estonian Olympic Committee Golf department.

                                      Academically Paul was educated at Professional Golfers Career College in USA, went through Initial Professional Education (IPE) programme and is on his third year of the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Foundation Degree Programme.

                                      Rainer Goldrian

                                        Chief Executive, PGA of Germany

                                        Web: www.pga.de
                                        Tw: @PGAofGermany

                                        Rainer became the Chief Executive of the PGA of Germany in 1994 and then in 2004 he also took office as the the Managing Director of the ‘Pro Golf Tour’ (one of four European Satellite Tours).

                                        After graduating from University Bayreuth as a Master of Business Administration and Sports Science he worked for more than 10 years in the Tennis Business before taking up a role as Sales and Marketing Manager for HEAD Golf before moving to the PGA of Germany.

                                        Roy Braxton

                                          Chief Executive – BraxtonGroup/peformax

                                          Web: www.braxtongrp.com

                                          Roy is the founder and CEO of BraxtonGroup (offices in Stellenbosch, London and Sydney), a management consulting business, and peformax, a software development business that is based and founded in South Africa. Peformax develops and implements software solutions for the performance and development of people. Roy is also a very keen golfer and enjoys sailing.

                                          He studied at the University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg and Unisa and obtained a B.Comm and studied towards a masters in Industrial psychology and financial management. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch in Organizational Strategy and has also studied towards an M.Phil. at the  University of Johannesburg.

                                          Roy has co-authored two books on strategy with Strickland and Thomson to develop a Southern African version of strategy (includes 40 case studies)  – Crafting and executing strategy – which is now being prescribed to all MBA programs in South Africa.

                                          In addition Roy is a coach to number of blue chip companies’ CEOs in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, the United Kingdom and Australia and is also a non-executive director of the PGA of South Africa.

                                          Sunday 7th December

                                          10:00 - 15:00

                                          PGAs of Europe Board Meeting

                                          15:00 - 19:00

                                          PGAs of Europe Education Committee Meeting

                                          19:00 -

                                          Welcome Reception

                                          Monday 8th December

                                          09:00 - 12:30

                                          Membership, Education & Communications One-to-One Meetings

                                          12:30 - 13:30


                                          13:30 - 14:00

                                          Welcome and PGAs of Europe Update

                                          13:45 - 14:00

                                          “Building the Foundations”

                                          Borislav Todorovic - PGA of Serbia

                                          14:00 - 14:15

                                          “Building a Plan”

                                          Adam Mitukiewicz - PGA of Poland

                                          14:15 - 14:30

                                          "Building Relationships"

                                          Andrea Mantoan - PGA of Switzerland

                                          14:30 - 14:45

                                          “Working with the Federation”

                                          Filippo Barbe - PGA of Italy

                                          14:45 - 15:00

                                          “Working with the Federation”

                                          Glenn Cundari - PGA of Canada Jeff Thompson - Golf Canada

                                          15:00 - 15:30

                                          Coffee Break

                                          15:15 - 15:30

                                          “Growing the Game”

                                          Paul Põhi - PGA of Estonia

                                          15:30 - 15:50

                                          “Making Changes”

                                          Jose Vicente Pérez - PGA of Spain
                                          Enrique Martín Durán - Real Federación Española de Golf

                                          15:50 - 16:20

                                          “Golf in Schools”

                                          Jörg Krebs - Deutschen Golf Verbandes (DGV) Rainer Goldrian - PGA of Germany

                                          16:30 - 17:30

                                          Annual General Meeting

                                          Tuesday 9th December

                                          10:00 -

                                          President's Golf Day

                                          Old Course, Gloria Golf Club

                                          16:00 - 17:30

                                          Sponsor Reception / Networking

                                          Wednesday 10th December

                                          09:00 - 10:30

                                          Workshop 1

                                          10:30 - 11:00

                                          Coffee Break

                                          11:00 - 12:30

                                          Workshop Session 2

                                          12:30 - 13:30


                                          13:30 - 15:00

                                          Workshop 3

                                          15:00 - 15:30

                                          Coffee Break

                                          15:30 - 17:00

                                          Workshop Session 4

                                          Thursday 11th December

                                          09:00 - 09:30

                                          Workshop Summaries

                                          09:30 - 10:15


                                          Emma Ford & Linda Butler (Personal & Career Development Consultants, Coaching4Careers)

                                          10:15 - 10:30

                                          The Open Championship Brand

                                          Duncan Weir (Executive Director - Working For Golf, The R&A)

                                          10:30 - 11:00

                                          Coffee Break

                                          11:00 - 11:30

                                          Samuel Ryder and the History of the Ryder Cup

                                          Sandy Jones (Chairman, PGAs of Europe)

                                          11:30 - 12:00

                                          ClubGolf – The Legacy for Scotland

                                          Jackie Davidson (ClubGolf Manager, ClubGolf Scotland);
                                          Jane Booth (Head of Coaching Systems, PGA of Great Britain & Ireland)

                                          12:00 - 13:00

                                          Building a Team to Stage the Ryder Cup

                                          Edward Kitson (Match Director of The 2014 Ryder Cup, European Tour)

                                          13:00 - 13:15


                                          19:30 -

                                          Gala Awards Dinner Supported by Rolex

                                          Annual Congress Awards Celebrate Heroes of Golf

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

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                                          2014 PGAs of Europe Annual Award Winners:

                                          Lifetime Achievement Award – Bernard Gallacher OBE
                                          Christer Lindberg Bowl – Dr. Philip Weaver OBE
                                          5-Star Professional Award – Filippo Barbé
                                          John Jacobs Teaching & Coaching Award – Salvador Luna
                                          President’s Grow the Game Award (Individual) – Allan Martin
                                          President’s Grow the Game Award (Project) – ClubGolf Scotland

                                          Lifetime Achievement Award – Bernard Gallacher OBE

                                          PGAs of Europe Annual Congress _Bernard Gallacher_02_smThree-time Ryder Cup Captain, Bernard Gallacher OBE, has been presented with the 2014 PGAs of Europe Lifetime Achievement Award at the Association’s flagship event, the Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex.

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

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

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                                          Christer Lindberg Bowl – Dr. Philip Weaver OBE

                                          PGAs of Europe Annual Congress _Philip Weaver_02_smFormer PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Chairman, Dr. Philip Weaver OBE, has been awarded the 2014 Christer Lindberg Bowl at the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex and hosted by Gloria Hotels & Resorts, Turkey.

                                          The Christer Lindberg Bowl is awarded to individuals or organisations in recognition of their services to golf and impact on the golfing landscape and PGA Profession.

                                          Weaver’s recognition comes shortly after his retirement from position as Chairman of the PGA of GB&I after 25 years in the position in which he has played an integral part in helping shape GB&I’s future, whilst also impacting upon the Ryder Cup in his position as a Committee Member and Ryder Cup Policy Board Member.

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                                          5-Star Professional Award – Filippo Barbé

                                          PGAs of Europe Annual Congress _Filippo Barbe_01_smScuola Nazionale Di Golf Director of Education and PGA of Italy Board Member, Filippo Barbé, has received the PGAs of Europe 5-Star Professional Award at the 2014 Annual Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex and hosted by Gloria Hotels & Resorts, Turkey.

                                          Barbé, a member of the Association’s Education Committee (EC), received the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Profession and highest level of standards across the many and varied areas of expertise and activity that make up being a PGA Professional.

                                          “It is really a great joy to receive the PGAs of Europe 5-Star Professional Award,” explained Barbé.  “It is a recognition not only for myself but also for the people working with me at the Italian National Academy for Professional Education (Scuola Nazionale Di Golf) in Rome and for my friends in the EC – I would never been able to get the Award without their assistance and teamwork.”

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                                          John Jacobs Teaching & Coaching Award – Salvador Luna

                                          PGAs of Europe Annual Congress _Salvador Luna_01_smPGA of Spain Professional and Director of Golf for the Real Federación Española de Golf (RFEG), Salvador Luna, has received the John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching at the 2014 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex.

                                          The John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching is the Association’s highest coaching accolade in the name of one of the greatest coaches in the sport’s history.  It is awarded to a person 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.

                                          Luna was nominated by his peers at the PGA of Spain and the RFEG for his work with Spain’s National Teams in the last 20 or so years.  His input to players’ games, along with specific programmes such as the RFEG’s ‘BLUME’ programme for elite under-18s, means that he has influenced almost every professional player to come out of Spain in the past two decades, including the likes of Álvaro Quirós, Pablo Martin, and Sergio García.

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                                          President’s Grow the Game Award (Individual) – Allan Martin

                                          PGAs of Europe Annual Congress _Allan Martin_02_sm

                                          The PGA in Scotland’s Allan Martin has received one of the highest European golf development honours, the PGAs of Europe President’s Award for Golf Development (Individual) 2014.

                                          The award was presented to Martin at the Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex at the Association’s flagship event, the 2014 Annual Congress, and gave Martin an opportunity to step into the spotlight:

                                          “To receive the recognition of fellow PGA Professionals and the industry on the European stage is very special indeed,” explained Martin.  “Receiving this prestigious award has raised awareness of the work I and many others do day-in day-out as PGA Professionals.  I’ve done nothing special, however at the same time this necessary work is often overlooked…now its been brought to the fore and into the public eye.”

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                                          President’s Grow the Game Award (Project) – ClubGolf Scotland

                                          PGAs of Europe Annual Congress _ClubGolf Scotland_01_smClubGolf Scotland, the hugely successful junior golf development initiative, has been awarded the PGAs of Europe’s highest project-focused accolade, The President’s Award for Golf Development [Project].

                                          ClubGolf Scotland was developed as a lasting legacy to Scotland’s staging of the 2014 Ryder Cup, aimed at recruiting and retaining more juniors into the game of golf, and has received widespread acknowledgment for achieving outstanding results including introducing over 300,000 children into the game.

                                          The award was presented at the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex to ClubGolf Scotland Manager, Jackie Davidson:

                                          “For the ClubGolf team to receive the President’s Award from the PGAs of Europe is an honour and highlights the fact that the programme is now being recognised internationally.”

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