ONE HUNDRED is usually a very unwelcome number in golf but that’s not the case for the PGA of Australia which today celebrates its centenary birthday.
Formed at Royal Sydney Golf Club on 19th September 1911, the PGA has grown from 15 Members to over 2500 today.
There are a number of special events and functions planned for the centenary year, including a PGA members day at Royal Sydney today.
Others can celebrate the birthday in a number of ways, including entering the trivia quiz to win a Sureshot GPS and other prizes or by visiting the PGA website and leaving a birthday message.
Amateur golfers who have themselves reached the magic 100 number recently – at least score-wise – might like to visit a local PGA pro for some solace and lessons.
We republish some of the birthday messages from some well-known names below and there are also some centenary related PGA links.
“Congratulations to the PGA of Australia on reaching its first century! Over the years, I have met many wonderful people through the PGA and some of my closest mates are members of the Association. I congratulate the whole organisation and everyone that it has represented over the past 100 years for making such an outstanding contribution to golf in Australia. This contribution speaks for itself but it has also played a significant role in the broader sports, leisure and corporate landscape of our country. Here’s to a double ton!” Ricky Ponting
“Congratulations on 100 years… unfortunately that number ‘100’ reminds me of a bad day or two in miserable stroke rounds…but not such a bad number for the PGA when it is your birthday. I so admire your members….you all make me strive (and struggle) to be a better golfer! Now at 100, you have inspired millions of Australians to play a great sport and play it well… Keep driving PGA!” Kerri-Anne Kennerley
“Congrats to the PGA of Australia for reaching 100. Although, considering we love golf, 100 is not really a number worth celebrating. I would have much preferred to send a congratulatory message for a 70 (two under the card). Well done all the same.” Andy Lee
“Golf is a game that is not only challenging but also rewarding. The challenge to beat your own best score , the reward is way to much to explain to anyone who has never played golf. Try it and you will find out what I mean. The PGA has helped the game grow in this country and not only introduced thousands and thousands of young people ( and old like me ) to the game but it has helped build the love of the game in many young Australians who have gone on to be world beaters . Thank you to the PGA of Australia on behalf of all Australians for helping give us so many champions to be proud of and to inspire us to get out and play the hardest most rewarding game ever. “ Jimmy Barnes
“Congratulations to the PGA reaching 100 years… such a great game that I have been a part of for many years. It is a great honour to have met and call friends some of their outstanding members, seeing this sport create many champions, I look forward to the fantastic Summer of Golf ahead.” Shane Warne