The 2017 Annual Congress & International Team Championship (ITC) begins this week in the beautiful surroundings of Costa Navarino in Greece, with 28 countries represented from across the Association’s Member PGAs.
The Annual Congress is the yearly opportunity for PGA representatives, as well as leaders from various golfing organisations from across the continent, to meet and discuss the state of play within their respective territories, as well as learn, share and discuss ideas with each other alongside fantastic speakers from not only the world of golf but wider industries as well.
Delegates will take part in a variety of sessions, across the week including focus areas such as golf development and various initiatives, female participation, local and international collaboration between golfing bodies, along with health and wellbeing and business and personal performance to continually improve the delegates and the PGAs they oversee.
ITC Competitors will join together with Delegates for a special Q&A session with PGA of South Africa Professional, Jamie Gough; the world-renowned coach to players such as Hao Tong Li, Andy Sullivan, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn, and Alex Noren.
Running at the same time as the Congress, the ITC pits PGA Professionals from 21 countries against each other on The Dunes Course at Costa Navarino.
The Professionals will compete over 72-holes in teams of three with the best two scores counting towards their total for the ITC honours. The PGA of Germany will be looking to repeat their 2016 Championship win, but a wide variety of countries with strong teams will be vying for the top spot and Championship title.
Those Teams representing a PGA with 100 members or fewer will also be in the running for the International Team Shield that ensures the small and emerging Member PGAs of the Association can compete alongside the larger PGAs in the ITC, whilst also enjoying their own competition and prize fund.
The week culminates with the 2017 Annual Gala Awards Dinner Supported by Rolex that sees the presentation of various awards to outstanding individuals and organisations, throwing a spotlight on their efforts and work that have benefitted the sport.
The Annual Congress & ITC are partnered by Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.
For updates, information and news visit the Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.
For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).