PGA of America History | 1990-1999

  • 1990:
    • New wing adds 10,000 square feet to PGA of America National Office building.
    • First live network coverage of PGA Seniors’ Championship is broadcast on NBC Sports.
    • Gary Player wins his third PGA Seniors’ Championship in five years at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • NBC Sports and USA Network granted broadcast and cable rights to 1991 and 1993 Ryder Cup Matches.
    • CBS Sports and TBS Sports granted broadcast and cable rights to PGA Championship beginning in 1991.
    • Wayne Grady becomes seventh foreign-born PGA Champion at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.
    • Brett Upper shoots at 13-under-par 275 to win the 23rd TaylorMade PGA Club Professional Championship in La Quinta, Calif.
    • Jim Albus, Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, N.Y., receives the PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award.
    • Englishman Nick Faldo earns the 1990 PGA Player of the Year Award. Faldo finished in the top 20 in all majors with victories in The Masters and British Open.
    • Dick Smith, of the Philadelphia Section, is elected the 27th President of The PGA of America.
  • 1991:
    • Jack Nicklaus wins his first PGA Seniors’ Championship at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • Rookie John Daly, a last-minute addition to the field, stuns the golf world by capturing the 73rd PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
    • Germany's Bernhard Langer misses a six-foot par putt on the 18th hole, allowing the U.S. to win the 29th Ryder Cup, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2, at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. It was the Americans' first Ryder Cup victory since 1983.
    • The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is restructured to feature $1 million in prize money and more than eight hours of prime time coverage on TBS Sports network, reaching 57 million homes in the U.S.
    • Penn State University becomes the fourth school to offer Professional Golf Management curriculum.
    • Larry Gilbert, of Lexington, Ky., wins his third National Championship at the 24th TaylorMade PGA Club Professional Championship at Doral Resort & Country Club in Miami, Fla.
    • Joe Jemsek, Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill., is named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • Corey Pavin earns the PGA Player of the Year. Pavin won two times and captured the year’s money title.
    • Supporter of the PGA Tour and its charitable mission, Past President Gerald Ford, is named the recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award.
  • 1992:
    • The PGA of America enters the video market, announcing PGA Home Video at the 39th PGA Merchandise Show.
    • The Golf Professional Training Program for apprentices is unveiled. The program, designed and developed with SRI International in conjunction with top PGA Professionals, teaches the skills and knowledge needed by today's golf professional.
    • Lee Trevino wins his first PGA Seniors’ Championship at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • Nick Price becomes the eighth foreign-born PGA Champion at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.
    • PGA Speed of Play Research Report is unveiled at Golf Summit '92 in Orlando, Fla., kicking off a nationwide campaign to improve the playing habits of the nation's more than 25 million amateur players.
    • Ron McDougal, Purchase, N.Y., wins the 25th TaylorMade PGA Club Professional Championship after holding at least a share of the lead all four days of the event.
    • Membership in The PGA of America reaches 22,464, including 9,232 apprentices.
    • Martin T. Kavanaugh II, Hamilton City Park District of Cincinnati, Ohio, is awarded the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • With three victories on the year including a major title at The Masters, Fred Couples is the recipient of the PGA Player of the Year Award.
    • Gene Sarazen earns the PGA Distinguished Service Award. A seven-time major champion, Sarazen was also famous for the invention of the sand wedge and his contributions to various charities.
    • Gary Schaal, of the Carolinas Section, is elected the 29th President of The PGA of America.
  • 1993:
    • A record 31,393 attend the 40th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
    • Tom Wargo, a PGA Club Professional from Centralia, Ill., defeats Bruce Crampton in a two-hole sudden-death playoff to win the PGA Seniors’ Championship at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • Jeffrey Roth, Flint, Mich., fought through five rain delays to win the 26th PGA Club Professional Championship at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • PGA National Golf Month, formerly National Golf Day, extends through August. The event is sponsored by USA Today.
    • The PGA reached more than 25,000 juniors through the PGA Kids on Course program with the National Police Athletic League and the NCAA's National Youth Sports Program.
    • Membership in The PGA of America reaches 23,000.
    • The PGA World Golf Hall of Fame in Pinehurst, North Carolina merges with the new World Golf Village and a new international golf museum and hall of fame, to be opened in 1995 near St. Augustine, Fla.
    • Paul Azinger wins his first major championship, defeating Greg Norman in a two-hole sudden-death playoff at the 75th PGA Championship at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
    • Pat Perez of San Diego, Calif., leads a record-breaking Maxfli PGA Junior Championship at Pinehurst, N.C. Perez's tournament-record 17-under-par 271 total for 72 holes wins the boys' title by seven strokes and Erika Hayashida of Lima, Peru, fires a final-round 65 to become the first foreign-born champion in either division while coasting to a 9-stroke triumph.
    • Led by singles victories by Chip Beck, Davis Love III and 51-year-old Raymond Floyd, the United States defeats Europe, 15-13, in the 30th Ryder Cup Matches at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.
    • Don Kotnik, Toledo Country Club in Toledo, Ohio, is the recipient of the PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award.
    • Nick Price is awarded PGA Player of the Year honors after a season that included four wins on the PGA Tour.
    • Byron Nelson earns the PGA Distinguished Service Award. Though his golf career was short, Lord Byron won five majors and 52 PGA Tour events, including 11 in a row.
  • 1994:
    • PGA Golf Expositions enjoy record attendance, with more than 34,000 attending the PGA Merchandise Show in January and more than 12,000 visiting the newly-acquired PGA International Golf Show in August.
    • Ernie Sabayrac, who revolutionized merchandising by introducing golf shoes and soft goods into pro shops, became the namesake and first recipient of the Ernie Sabayrac Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Golf Industry.
    • Lee Trevino wins his second PGA Seniors’ Championship and becomes the eighth multiple winner of the Championship after playing partner Raymond Floyd loses a four-stroke lead on the final nine holes at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • National Golf Month expands into an industry-wide campaign to showcase family golf participation through August. The Raymond Floyd family serves as the first National Golf Month Family.
    • Arnold Palmer, competing in his 37th and final PGA Championship, receives the PGA's Distinguished Service Award.
    • Nick Price, a winner of the British Open a month earlier, cruises to a PGA Championship record 269 (11-under-par) for 72 holes at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
    • A field of more than 15,000 youngsters nationwide, participate in the Maxfli PGA Junior Championship.
    • The Golf Professional Training Program (GPTP), The PGA of America's first major renovation of PGA education since 1970, debuts at the first of many training sites in Irvine, Calif. GPTP ensures that future PGA Professionals will be properly trained to manage the evolving professional responsibilities of the 21st century and beyond.
    • Led by unbeaten John D. Lee of Naples, Fla., and 48-year-old Rick Acton of Redmond, Wash., the United States Team of PGA Club Professionals defeat Europe, 15-11, in the 17th PGA Cup Matches at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • Sammy Rachels of Defuniak Springs, Fla., defeats Darrell Kestner of Manhasset, N.Y., and Ron McDougal of Purchase, N.Y., in a two-hole sudden-death playoff to win the 27th PGA Club Professional Championship in Osage Beach, Mo.
    • Dick Murphy, Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta, is named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • Nick Price, who claimed six victories and major championship wins at the British Open and PGA Championship, earns his second straight PGA Player of the Year Award.
    • Tom Addis III, PGA director of golf at Sycuan Resort & Casino in El Cajon, Calif., is elected the 29th President of The PGA of America.
  • 1995:
    • A year before the Orange County Convention Center's major expansion, the 42nd PGA Merchandise Show attracts a record 35,610 golf industry representatives and 794 exhibitors to Orlando, Fla.
    • Bob Rickey, executive director of the Golf Manufacturers and Distributors Association, becomes the second recipient of the Ernie Sabayrac Award.
    • Raymond Floyd, who suffered a final-round collapse a year earlier on The Champion course at PGA National Golf Club, took command in the third round to win the 56th PGA Seniors’ Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • The Jim Gallagher family serves as the second National Golf Month Family during an industry-wide campaign to draw attention to family golf participation throughout August.
    • Patty Berg, co-founder of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and one of the game's most popular spokespersons, receives the PGA's Distinguished Service Award.
    • Australian Steve Elkington rallied from six strokes behind in the final round, then won a play-off against Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, for his major championship victory at the 77th PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.
    • Gary Adams, who created a revolution in golf equipment with the metal "wood", was named the third recipient of the PGA of America's Ernie Sabayrac Award.
    • The PGA of America announces support of the Renee Powell Youth Program - an introductory golf program for 50 Cleveland urban youth, directed by former LPGA Tour player Renee Powell. The program is supplemented with education courses, vocational programs and community service activities during the 1995-96 school year.
    • The PGA of America and The Golf Channel launch Golf Channel Academy Live - a one-hour live, interactive golf instruction show featuring top PGA Teaching Professionals.
    • Steve Schneiter, of Sandy, Utah, wins the 28th PGA Club Professional Championship with a final round 68. The CPC was played over three courses in La Quinta and Rancho Mirage, Calif.
    • Team Europe narrowly defeats the United States, 14 ½ to 13 ½, after stellar play in single matches in the 31st Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
    • David C. Price, of Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, is named thePGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • Greg Norman is the recipient of the PGA Player of the Year. Norman had three wins on the PGA Tour.
  • 1996:
    • The 43rd PGA Merchandise Show attracts 43,085 attendees from more than 70 countries, and more than 1,130 exhibitors to Orlando, Fla.
    • Hale Irwin wins the 57th PGA Seniors’ Championship at PGA National Golf Club in his first attempt.
    • Darrell Kestner, of East Norwich, N.Y., shoots a final round 67 to win the 29th PGA Club Professional Championship by one stroke over Dan Bateman.
    • Mark Brooks defeats Kenny Perry with a birdie on the first playoff hole to capture the 78th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
    • The PGA unveils the PGA Junior Series.
    • Eighty-one of the top 100 players in the World Golf Rankings compete in the 78th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Mark Brooks defeats Kenny Perry in a one-hole playoff for the title.
    • Ken Lindsay, of Colonial Country Club in the Gulf States Section, is elected The PGA's 30th president.
    • Twenty-two apprentices make up the first class to graduate from the PGA's Golf Professional Training Program (GPTP).
    • PGA.com becomes the new name of The PGA of America’s Official Web Site.
    • Randall Smith, Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, is named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • Posting victories at the British Open and Tour Championship, Tom Lehman earns PGA Player of the Year honors.
    • A legendary broadcaster and genius innovator, Frank Chirkinian, is the recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award.
  • 1997:
    • The 44th PGA Merchandise Show breaks records in attendance, exhibit space, exhibitors, international guests and business transactions.
    • Hale Irwin captures his second consecutive PGA Seniors’ Championship at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • The 30th PGA Club Professional Championship at Pinehurst, N.C. is nationally televised for the first time. Bruce Zabriski, of Rye, N.Y., wins the CPC at Pinehurst, thanks to a third round 65.
    • Davis Love III birdies the 72nd hole to win the 79th PGA Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and becomes only the second player to win the title whose dad was a PGA Professional. (1965 PGA Champion Dave Marr was the first).
    • Specialty Certification is awarded to 13 PGA Professionals.
    • Tiger Woods wins the PGA Player of the Year Award in his first complete season on the PGA Tour. Nick Price becomes the 12th player to win multiple Vardon Trophy honors with a 68.98 adjusted stroke average.
    • Europe defeats the United States, 14 1/2 to 13 ½, in the Ryder Cup Matches at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain. It was the first Ryder Cup competition in continental Europe.
    • Bruce Zabriski of Rye, N.Y., becomes the first PGA Professional to win four PGA Club Professional Player of the Year Awards.
    • Tom Sargent, Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa, Calif., is named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • Former President and golf enthusiast, George H.W. Bush, is the recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award.
  • 1998:
    • Hale Irwin becomes the first golfer since Eddie Williams (1942, 1945, 1946) to win three consecutive PGA Seniors’ Championships.
    • A record 18 colleges and universities converge at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the 12th National Minority College Golf Championship.
    • Mike Burke Jr., of Towaco N.J., wins the 31st PGA Club Professional Championship at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.
    • Vijay Singh wins the 80th PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash.
    • Tiger Woods defeats Vijay Singh in the first PGA Grand Slam of Golf conducted under a match-play format.
    • PGA Golf Club begins construction on a third golf course and a prototype PGA Learning Center.
    • Alice Dye becomes the first woman to join the PGA Board of Directors.
    • The PGA Merchandise Shows and the PGA International Golf Shows are purchased by Reed Exhibition Companies of Norwalk, Conn.
    • The PGA creates the Ryder Cup Outreach Program.
    • Ken Morton Sr., Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif., is named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • Mark O’Meara, who won The Masters and British Open, finishes of an incredible season by receiving the PGA Player of the Year Award.
    • Two-time PGA Champion and influential short game instructor, Paul Runyan, receives the PGA Distinguished Service Award.
    • Nicknamed Golf’s First Lady, it seems fitting the Barbara Nicklaus receives the first PGA First Lady of Golf Award. The PGA First Lady of Golf Award will honor one woman each year who has made significant contributions to the game of golf.
    • Will Mann, Quarry Hills Country Club in Swepsonville, N.C., is elected the 31st President of The PGA of America.
  • 1999:
    • More than 50,000 visitors attend the 46th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
    • Gene Sarazen, the longest serving PGA member and one of only four men to win golf's modern major championships, dies on May 13 at 97. Sarazen was elected to PGA membership on March 15, 1921.
    • Allen Doyle, of La Grange, Ga., shoots a final round 64 to win the 60th PGA Seniors’ Championship at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    • Jeff Freeman, of La Quinta, Calif., wins the 32nd PGA Club Professional Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.
    • Tiger Woods, 23, captures the 81st PGA Championship at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club to become the fifth youngest winner in history.
    • The United States, sparked by six singles victories and Justin Leonard's 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, stages the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history to defeat Europe 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 in the 33rd Ryder Cup Matches at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
    • Payne Stewart, the 1989 PGA Champion and a member of five U.S. Ryder Cup Teams, dies in a jet accident in Mina, S.D.
    • The PGA announces it will conduct the first PGA Seniors’ Championship outside Florida since 1938 when it stages the 2001 Championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
    • PGA.com's cybercast of the 33rd Ryder Cup Matches and the 81st PGA Championship generated approximately 110 million page views.
    • Ed Hoard, Athens Country Club in Athens, Ga., is named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
    • Tiger Woods is the recipient of the PGA Player of the Year Award. Woods won eight PGA Tour events in 1999 including the PGA Championship.
    • Bill Dickey, a tireless contributor to the growth of golf in the minority community, earns the PGA Distinguished Service Award while Judy Rankin, an LPGA Tour icon and golf broadcaster, is named the recipient of the PGA First Lady of Golf Award.
    • The Dye Course, the third 18-hole course at the PGA Golf Club opens to the public on Dec. 10. The PGA Learning Center opens on Dec. 20.