PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. –- Celebrating its 95th year as the leader in the game and the business of golf, The PGA of America marks 2011 as another milestone in its mission to serve its 27,000-plus men and women professionals and the industry. Founded on April 10, 1916, in New York City, The PGA of America is today the world's largest working sports organization, which has upheld the solemn pledge of its founders to be leaders on all levels of the game while advancing growing participation in golf.
"The PGA of America takes pride in the commitment of its member professionals who after 95 years have elevated themselves by their dedication to a game that elevates the human spirit on many levels," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "PGA Professionals have been at the forefront in charitable contributions and a source of employment within their communities; in educating juniors and aspiring professionals; by supporting both veterans and their families; and by fostering golf's expansion throughout the world. As we head to our centennial in 2016, it is with great pride that we invite our industry partners and golfers everywhere to join our member professionals in celebrating this year in golf."
From department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker serving as host of a 1916 luncheon to spark the birth of The PGA of America to Germany's Martin Kaymer stunning victory in the 2010 PGA Championship, the world's largest sports organization has both promoted the growth of golf and been at the center of many of the sport's most significant moments.
The PGA of America's yearlong celebration includes print, social media and broadcast announcements that feature the role of the PGA Professional and The PGA's rich history. Visitors on the Internet may join in the celebration by visiting www.pga.com/95thanniversary, where they will find historical segments along with updated information about The PGA of America and its programs.
The PGA Museum of Golf, formerly the PGA Historical Center of Port St. Lucie, Fla., will provide new interactive exhibits, and earlier this month launched a website: www.pga.com/museum. The April issue of PGA Magazine, the nation's oldest, continuous published golf monthly, will feature a cover story on the 95th anniversary. PGA Magazine also features a monthly series of profiles of individuals who have played a role in shaping The PGA of America.