PGA of America History - 1970-1979

  • 1970:
    • PGA of America apprentice program established.
    • 1971 PGA Championship makes Florida debut in February at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. Jack Nicklaus goes wire-to-wire for the victory to become the first professional to win all four majors -- the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.
  • 1972:
    • Gary Player wins his second PGA Championship.
    • James D. Fogertey, Kirkwood, Missouri, becomes the first PGA Master Professional.
  • 1973:
    • PGA of America moves to offices in Lake Park, Florida. The first PGA Cup Match, structured after the Ryder Cup and featuring PGA club professionals from the U.S. and Great Britain, is held at Pinehurst (North Carolina) Country Club.
  • 1974:
    • Deane Beman succeeds Joseph Dey as commissioner of the PGA Tour.
  • 1975:
    • Tournament Players Division renamed the PGA Tour.
    • A new agreement is signed between the PGA of America and the PGA Tour, creating the World Series of Golf as a joint property.
    • PGA Employment & Club Relations Department established.
    • First Professional Golf Management School established at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
  • 1976:
    • First PGA Junior Championship held at Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Orlando, Florida.
  • 1977:
    • Club Professional Tournament Series is launched during 1977-78 winter season for members and registered apprentices who have completed Business School I.
    • Mike Zack wins the first PGA Assistant Professional Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • 1978:
    • PGA Junior Golf Foundation established to help develop national junior golf programs and initiatives.
  • 1979:
    • Bill Strausbaugh Club Relations Award established to recognize PGA member for outstanding work in improving employment conditions.
    • Grand Slam of Golf created to help raise funds to support the Junior Golf Foundation.
    • David Graham becomes sixth foreign-born PGA Champion.