PGA of Australia celebrates 100 years, plans for the next century

PGA Centenary

THE PGA of Australia launched their centenary celebrations this week with golfing royalty Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle on hand at a special event in Sydney.

The PGA will be holding a series of events to celebrate the 100 year milestone for professional golf in Australia and also intends to launch a PGA Hall of Fame in the next 12 months.

The PGA’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Thorburn spoke of an upcoming summer of golf that will launch the PGA into the future.

“Australian professional golf has an incredible history and over the last hundred years we have produced some of the greatest champions ever seen on the international stage. But what’s more our future is even brighter,” Thorburn said.

“This is shaping up to be the biggest ever year for Australian golf and will ensure the next century begins on a high.”

With the Centenary celebrations set to begin from September 19, the date of the Association’s inauguration, PGA Life Member Greg Norman will take on the role of the PGA’s Centenary Patron for the next 12 months.

“It was with great honour that I take on the role of the Patron for the PGA of Australia’s Centenary year,” said Norman who will head back to Australia in November.

“I look forward to sharing such an historic occasion with you all that will not only celebrate the last 100 years, but also launch our great game into the future.”

The PGA also named 10 additional PGA Members from all areas within the PGA membership who will serve as Centenary Ambassadors through the next 12 months.

The Centenary Ambassadors include Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Charlie Earp, Matt Jager, Mat Goggin, Col Swatton, Lisa Newling, Kevin Conlong, Peter Ormsby and Bruce Green.

Addressing a function at the Mint, Thorburn said: “It’s truly an exciting time for Australian golf. Never before have the stars aligned so well for our sport and between the Centenary, the Presidents Cup and the end of season PGA Tour of Australasia events golf will be front and centre for all Australian sports fans.”

For those not up to date with their golf history, the PGA was officially formed on September 19, 1911 following the dissatisfaction of 15 professionals.

According to the Professionals, they were treated as second rate citizens compared with their amateur counterparts at the Australian Open played at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

In a statement to the Daily Telegraph on September 18, 1911 one of the founding PGA Members stated, “our job is to tell a man how to swing his driver, not to instruct him in ordinary decency.”

More information and a full program can be found at the new PGA Centenary Website here.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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