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From left to right, Chairman of The Professional Golfers Association Phil Weaver, PGA of America President Jim Remy, PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka, and Chairman of the PGA of Australia Geoff Scott. (Photo: The PGA of America)

Nine PGAs form global alliance to direct standards, instruction and development

A group of PGAs from the United States to South Africa to Sweden has come together to establish and guide global standards for teaching and playing and share best practices in developing players.

CHASKA, Minn.-- A new World PGA Alliance, including organizations representing 56,000 PGA Professionals and more than 22,000 PGA-member golf facilities worldwide, has been formed to establish and guide  teaching, playing and educational standards for the golf profession in developing golf territories and shared best practices in player development for adults and youth. The alliance is comprised of the Professional Golfers’ Associations of America, Australia, Canada, Europe, Germany, Great Britain & Ireland, Japan, South Africa, and Sweden.

“The PGA of America is proud to join its global colleagues in golf in forming the World PGA Alliance, which is an outgrowth of the universal respect that the game of golf holds across cultural and language barriers,” said PGA of America President Jim Remy. “The Alliance is vital to the continued growth of the game and business of golf in emerging golf territories and will reinforce the numerous roles fulfilled by the PGA Professionals in instruction, player development and the business of golf.”

Born from the World PGA Conference which began in 2004 and was conducted for a third time in April, 2008, in Sydney, Australia, the alliance will be led by the chief executives of The PGA of America, The Professional Golfers’ Association (of Great Britain & Ireland) and the PGA of Australia. A fourth gathering, and the first formal meeting of the new Alliance, will be held during the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., and will include a global symposium on junior golf.

The Alliance’s agreement on standards for golf professionals in emerging markets will result in shared membership programs in education, employment, marketing and research with new or existing Professional Golfers’ Associations in those countries. The World PGA Alliance is also sharing best practice player development programs such as the United States’ “Get Golf Ready” and junior golf content incorporating training on golf skills, rules and etiquette.

“The World PGA Alliance is an exciting and important step in the on-going development of golf across the globe, giving the PGAs a platform to influence and drive the game in new and existing golf markets,” said Professional Golfers’ Association Chief Executive Sandy Jones. “The Alliance also fulfils a crucial role in establishing standards across the golf industry, pooling resources and sharing ideas with the long-term aim of strengthening the position of PGA Professionals throughout the world as experts in their field right at the heart of golf.”

“The PGA of Australia is the most recognizable and respected golf brand in the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific region, and is recognized as an industry leader that delivers the highest standards across all its programs,” said PGA of Australia Chairman Geoff Scott. “The establishment of the World PGA Alliance aligns the PGA of Australia with two other immensely powerful entities, further enhancing the value of PGA brand while simultaneously increasing opportunities for PGA Members globally.”

Information on the members of the World PGA Alliance is available at www.pga.com/global.

About The PGA of America
Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold; to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.
About The Professional Golfers’ Association

The PGA was formed in 1901 and is the world’s oldest professional golfers’ association. Based at Centenary House at the famous Belfry, the PGA now has more than 7,500 members including more than 1,500 working overseas in more than 60 different countries. The PGA is one of golf’s leading bodies and committed to growing and developing the game nationally and internationally through its academies and the expertise of its professionals.

In addition, the Association also administers more than 900 tournaments annually and enjoys strong ties with the Ryder Cup as both a partner and trustee of the Ryder Cup trophy.

About The PGA of Australia
The PGA of Australia and its members are the cornerstone of the Australian golf industry, and are regarded as “The Experts in the Game.” The PGA has played a significant role in the popularity and promotion of the game from televised international events through to the local club or driving range where the PGA members introduce and service the 1.2 million Australian golfers who play the game each year.

The PGA of Australia has a membership that comprises all Australian professional golfers and includes tournament professionals, club professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, senior professionals and trainees. The PGA’s core aim is to help more Australians enjoy golf more often. In doing so, the PGA aims to deliver more business opportunities to its members. Each year the PGA of Australia stages over 430 tournaments from the Australian PGA Championship to the state based Pro-Am circuits that take professional golf to the masses. The PGA of Australia is the official sanctioning body for all elite male professional tournament golf in Australasia.
 

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