Archives for April 2013

PGA of America special, "Beyond the Green," set to air Sunday on CBS

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – “Beyond the Green,” a look at how golf and PGA Professionals have nurtured future leaders and transformed lives, will be presented in a series of documentary-style profiles by CBS Sports, Sunday, May 5, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. The hour-long special features the ambitious drive of youths and adults to overcome family struggles, illness and injury and discover golf’s healing powers and a path to a happier life.

“Beyond the Green,” produced by The PGA of America and narrated by CBS Sports commentator Bill Macatee, precedes coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship.

“Beyond the Green” spends the opening 30 minutes chronicles stories of “Building Future Leaders”:

Houston’s United Team – A showcase of the values of the PGA Junior League takes viewers to Houston, Texas, with profiles of juniors Kenlie Barrett and Nick Pursell; their coach, PGA/LPGA Professional Aurora Kirchner-McLain and the inspiration applied by apprentice professional Zach Winkler, who lost an arm in an automobile accident.

The Journei Daniels Story – From Flint, Mich., 9-year-old Boys Girls Club member Journei Daniels is the product of a single-parent home, encountering many issues interacting with others. Through the mentoring of PGA Professional Joe Simpson and the golf instruction she has received, Daniels has overcome the social and emotional challenges she previously faced.

A New Member of the Family – A heartwarming success story of Lester Bell of Dallas, Texas, who attempted to make sense of living in poverty and unsafe conditions at home. At age 13, Bell would discover a love for golf, but more importantly a bond with Ira McGraw Jr., the PGA general manager and director of golf at Cedar Crest Golf Course in Dallas. Now 18, and captain of his high school golf team, Bell has found peace at home. McGraw and his wife, Yesenia, are his legal guardians.

Heart of a Lion – Meet John Paul George of Juno Beach, Fla., the son of Champions Tour coach/caddie Derek George, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome – that is one-half of a developed heart. Inspired by his infant son’s fight for life, overcoming multiple surgeries and complications, Derek George wrote “Heart of a Lion” in 2010. Today, John Paul will soon celebrate his 19th birthday, and enjoys playing golf daily with his father.

A Wave Carried Him Back to Shore – PGA teaching professional Will Robins of Citrus Heights, Calif., and his bride, Amanda, were on their honeymoon Dec. 26, 2004, when they were swept out to sea by a tsunami generated by the Sumatra earthquake. The tsunami resulted in the deaths of 238,000 in Southeast Asia, including more than 3,000 on Ko Phi Phi Don, the island where the Robins were vacationing. Robins outlines how he dedicated his career to those that did not survive the tragedy, and developed a remarkably successful golf instruction program.

Golf’s Healing Powers – Turner Fordham was stricken with leukemia at age 12, and turned to golf as a therapeutic activity. The non-contact sport served as her escape from the endless treatments and hospital visits. Fordham capped her prep career in Georgia as a member of the girls’ public Class 4A high school state champion golf team. In remission for several years, Turner’s leukemia returned in 2012. She is undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments. Fordham shares how golf, along with Georgia PGA Hall of Famer Lowell Fritz, helped inspire her ongoing recovery.

From the Battlefield to the Tee – Marine Lance Cpl. Tim Lang of Ann Arbor, Mich., lost a leg as a result of serving in Iraq in 2006. Today, he is an ambassador for the Salute Military Golf Association, co-founded by PGA Professional Jim Estes of Olney, Md. Lang is inspiring countless others through the game that helped him heal. An outstanding prep athlete prior to his military service, Lang endured 48 surgeries, including 28 before losing his leg below the right knee. Lang has become an accomplished golfer, and was honorary captain for the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. He is completing a degree in criminology at Eastern Michigan University.

Get Golf Ready Spells Success – PGA Professional Ed Ibarguen, the general manager and director of golf at Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., ignites the passion in students through Get Golf Ready, the industry’s nationally branded program to bring new golfers to the game and attract those who have left the sport. Businessman Bryan Lach, a lapsed golfer, resurrects his love for the game and shares how staying on the course helped close a business deal. Laurie Hyland, an employee of Duke University, shares how not learning the game left her out of family activities, but now joins her husband – an avid golfer – on the golf course.

About The PGA of America 
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: 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 PGA enables its 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 world-class championships and innovative programs, 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. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

PGA Professionals open their doors for Welcome to Golf Month in May

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – May has been designated “Welcome to Golf Month” and PGA Professionals across the country are helping make golf more fun and accessible for golfers of all abilities, as well as celebrating how easy it is to enjoy the game.

“Whether you’re just starting out or seeking a new way to approach the game, Welcome to Golf Month and the programs offered by our PGA Professionals are the perfect option at the perfect time,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “The PGA of America is committed to making golf fun, affordable and accessible for anyone interested playing, and May is the month we really emphasize these programs on a national level.”

The opportunities offered by PGA Professionals include Get Golf Ready (GetGolfReady.com), which provides five lessons over five weeks that concentrate on basic skills and instruction for just $99; Welcome to Golf Days, which are single-day programs; and Bring-a-Friend initiatives that allow free or discounted play for new players. These programs also emphasize the social benefits of golf as participants can meet other new golfers and learn the game together.

For lapsed golfers interested in playing again or those seeking more enjoyment from the game, May is a great month to explore TEE IT FORWARD, a joint effort between the USGA and The PGA of America that encourages golfers to play from shorter tees. Players can TEE IT FORWARD at any course, and some courses have created special tees just for golfers who wish to play their approach shots from closer distances.

The PGA of America is also stressing the health and wellness benefits of golf as May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. A round of golf can consist of more than 10,000 steps, five miles traveled and between 1,300 and 2,000 calories burned. Exposure to sunshine and a beautiful landscape also contributes to a healthier overall wellbeing.

Interested golfers can search for available programs in their area, and learn more about the health benefits of golf by visiting PlayGolfAmerica.com.

Annika Sorenstam becomes PGA of America member

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Ten-time LPGA major winner and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Annika Sorenstam has elected to join The PGA of America as a member of the North Florida PGA Section.

Sorenstam, who has lifetime eligibility to become a PGA member based on her major championship victories and participation in the Solheim Cup, was formally elected to PGA membership on April 19.

Sorenstam’s decision to pursue PGA membership is part of her passion for growing the game and promoting the health and wellness benefits of golf. She follows many other current and former PGA and LPGA Tour players who have opted into PGA membership. As a North Florida PGA Section member, Sorenstam will participate with both the Section and Sheila Johnson, owner of Reunion Resort in Orlando (which houses the ANNIKA Academy), on special events and future projects. At a press conference today at Reunion, the North Florida PGA Section announced it is also relocating its headquarters to the resort by June 3, 2013.

“I am excited to elevate my relationship with the North Florida PGA Section and its 1,500 Professionals, who work so diligently to promote and teach the game,” said Sorenstam, a resident of the Orlando area.

“Since my playing days, I have dedicated myself to growing the game through my ANNIKA Academy and Foundation. Now, this relationship with the Section and Reunion Resort presents a new path to help expand the game to even greater heights.”

In recent years, Sorenstam has appeared on behalf of the North Florida PGA Section at several Golfest events across the region, including Orlando and Tampa. The Section and Sorenstam share a common interest in growing, enhancing and improving the game, and they are currently formulating plans to promote future endeavors, including junior golf development, diversity and women’s golf.

“The PGA of America is delighted to welcome Annika Sorenstam to the ranks of PGA membership,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “Annika’s commitment to giving back to the game has been evident for years, and I am very pleased that the North Florida PGA Section has developed and nurtured such a strong working relationship with her. Annika is truly one of golf’s great ambassadors and trendsetters.”

“Annika Sorenstam is such an iconic figure in golf,” said Rich Smith, executive director and CEO of the North Florida PGA Section. “We are so proud that she has become a member of The PGA of America and the North Florida PGA Section, and we are excited about the opportunity we have to work with Annika to grow our game.”

Under the PGA Constitution and Bylaws, current exempt playing professionals on the LPGA, PGA and Champions Tours; past major Championship winners; and participants in national team events, such as the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup, are eligible to become PGA members.

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan remarked about Sorenstam’s choice to carry membership in the two Associations. “The LPGA congratulates Annika on her decision to also become a PGA member. We are pleased that she will carry dual membership in both the LPGA and The PGA of America, in order to continue her long-term commitment to expand the reach of the game of golf.”

A native of Sweden, Sorenstam has been an LPGA member since she joined the Tour in 1994, when she was named LPGA Rookie of the Year. During her career, she won 89 events worldwide and made history when she played in the 2003 Colonial, becoming the first woman golfer to appear in a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias in 1945. Considered one of the greatest women’s golfers of all time, Sorenstam stepped away from the game in 2008, to pursue a family and also expand her business and charitable interests.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: 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 PGA enables its 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 world-class championships and innovative programs, 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. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About Annika Sorenstam
In her 15 years as a professional, Annika became a golf legend and transcended her sport to become a prominent mainstream athlete. Throughout her storied career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books — winning 89 events worldwide (72 on the LPGA Tour), 10 major championships and eight Rolex Player of the Year awards – and brought unprecedented attention to women’s golf. Her career changed how women’s golf is played, watched and covered, and she continues to have a positive impact on all women’s sports.

About the ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy (www.theannikaacademy.com) is a state-of-the-art, “boutique” golf school at Reunion Resort, near Orlando, Fla. It opened in 2007 as a way to share Annika’s passion for golf, fitness and nutrition, along with her personal team of coaches. Their simple techniques allow players of any age, gender or skill level to reach their potential by transferring more energy and power from the gym to the course. The Academy is a Certified Callaway Performance Center with two spacious hitting booths that offer custom club fitting and video swing analysis. Complete with a modern fitness facility, conference room, and full-service locker rooms, the Academy provides individualized golf instruction, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and custom corporate packages. Guests can play with Annika or learn the proven winning approach she established with her world renowned team of instructors.

Boever, Blasius, Hoffman and Benzing win the 2013 Club Car Spring Scramble

The Michigan PGA Tournament season  kicked off with the Club Car Spring Scramble on Monday at Dearborn Country Club.  The weather finally turned nice which resulted in some very low scores. The winning team of Brad Boever from Dicks Sporting Goods in Lansing and his amateur partners John Blasius, Quinn Hoffman and Weston Benzing recorded a (-19) under par, good for a two shot victory. Coming in tied for second at (-17) under were the teams of Kevin Muir, George Bowman, Tom Harding and Al Kuhn along with the team of John Seltzer, Jack Seltzer, Brian Cairns and Jordan Young.

2013 Champions

2013 Champions

There was only one skin on the day as Craig Pessina, an amateur on the team from Detroit Golf Club recorded a hole in one on hole #7, worth $2,600 for the team.
  
We would like to thank our long time supporting sponsor of this event, Club Car and the local distributor Midwest Turf. For more information on their products please be sure to visit www.midwestgt.com .

Midwest Golf & Turf Michigan Sales Representatives
Tim Czelada  – tczelada@midwestgt.com
Donny Fisher – dfisher@midwestgt.com
John Bissell – jbissell@midwestgt.com

We would also like to thank our host site, Dearborn Country Club. Their staff did an excellent job getting the facility ready and putting on a great event.

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Reamer of Cypress Point will never forget his debut in Boston Marathon

 

PGA of America aligns with PGA Tour Wives Association

The PGA of America’s spouses have partnered with the PGA Tour Wives Association (PTWA), in a philanthropic alliance, marking the 25th anniversary of the PTWA.

The collaborative efforts kick off with a Habitat for Humanity Build during the week of the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 5-11, in Rochester, N.Y. A team of volunteers will build a home for a local family. The PGA of America participated in a similar project on Kiawah Island, S.C., prior to the 2012 PGA Championship.

“This is an exciting new chapter in our relationship with the PGA Tour,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “This is a way for all of us to celebrate and honor 25 years of giving back by PGA Tour wives. We look forward to strengthening the bond among the players who compete in our major championships.”

The PTWA, with nearly 200 current members, includes the wives and significant others of professionals on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, and individuals and companies who support the Associations’ charitable endeavors.

“The game of golf brings together the most wonderful people. I always say golf fans are the most giving fans,” said six-year PTWA President Amy Wilson, wife of Tour professional Mark Wilson. “We have been blessed to have a relationship with The PGA of America and our association. We are thrilled to be working with The PGA of America spouses and to share with them what we have learned over the past 25 years from women all over the world to give back to charity.”

“When we started, we saw that we could do better to leave a legacy, leave an impact in local communities,” said PTWA Executive Director Sara Moores. “That was when we noticed we could make a difference. We went out to do Habitat for Humanity builds, went to the food kitchens, to the soup kitchens and food banks. We only go out to do something that we believe is significant.”

2013 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship field announced

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The 2013 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship field has been announced, and currently features more than 200 participants, who will compete, May 10-12, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 54-hole, stroke-play event will consist of four team divisions — NCAA Men’s Division I, II and NAIA as well as a Women’s Division.

In addition to the team competition, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship features a men’s and women’s Individual Invitational that is open to collegiate golfers who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Native or Alaskan American, Asian or Pacific Island American.

Four division champions will look to defend their titles in the 27th edition of this National Championship. Justin Watkins from the University of Central Oklahoma (Men’s Individual), the University of Texas-Pan American (Division I Men’s), Bethune-Cookman University (Women’s Division) and Fayettville State University (Division II Men’s) will all return to PGA Golf Club in 2013.

Bethune-Cookman University’s women’s team will be seeing their Championship-record ninth title, Fayetteville State University their eighth division crown, and Texas-Pan American their sixth men’s Division 1 title.

Ariel McNair of Xavier University, the Women’s Independent Division champion in 2012, will not participate in this year’s Championship. In addition, there was no NAIA competition held in 2012.

Brown Capital Management will mark its third year as the presenting sponsor of the Championship. They will also remain the presenting sponsor of the Championship’s one-hour Golf Channel highlight show scheduled to debut Wednesday, July 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The Business of Golf Career Expo, which remains a staple of the Championship, features golf industry associations and companies that enable student-athletes to learn about additional employment opportunities in manufacturing, media, trade, golf course management and the game’s premier governing bodies, will take place again in 2013.

About the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship
The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management originated in November 1986 following the Jackson State University Golf Tournament and has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.

The 1986 organizational meeting brought together a significant group of founders: the late Dr. Herschel Cochrane; Dr. Joe D. Saunders of the National Negro Golf Association; Jackson State University Golf Coach Eddie Payton; Rose Harper-Elder of the Sports Management Institute; and William (Bill) Dickey, founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and recipient of the 1999 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The founders’ goal was to provide a national stage for players from minority colleges and universities after being denied opportunities to compete in NCAA Collegiate golf events.

The inaugural Championship was conducted in the spring of 1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1998, PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has been host to the Championship, and in 2006, The PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the Championship by the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund.

In 1990, a Career Fair was conducted for the first time in conjunction with the national Championship to provide corporate sponsors the opportunity to interview and recruit outstanding college students for future employment. As a result, the Career Fair has developed into an invaluable resource to assist students in gaining internships and full-time positions within the golf industry.

In 2008, the Championship featured a record number of participants, with nearly 200 students from 47 schools, with representatives from 14 countries.

In 2011, The PGA of America announced that Brown Capital Management., an investment management firm based in Baltimore, Md., had become the presenting sponsor of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and the one-hour Golf Channel Highlight Show.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: 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 PGA enables its 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 world-class championships and innovative programs, 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. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. 

Chapman leads 10 past champs for 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Defending Champion Roger Chapman of England, who rose out of obscurity a year ago to capture two senior major titles, heads 10 past Champions returning for the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 23-26, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

Chapman, who turns 54 on May 1, ended a victory drought in style in 2012 by winning the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid followed less than two months later by adding the U.S. Senior Open – all in the state of Michigan. They were his first professional victories since 2000.

“There must be something in the air,” joked Chapman about his Michigan visits. “It has been a remarkable feeling to say that I have won the Senior PGA Championship. It was the best feeling in the world. I was also glad that I was able to go on and prove that I was not a one-off thing, and win a second major.”

Past Senior PGA Champions joining Chapman next month at renowned Bellerive Country Club are: Michael Allen (2009); Jay Haas (2006, ’08), Hale Irwin (1996, ’97, ’98, 2004), John Jacobs (2003), Tom Lehman (2010), Mike Reid (2005), Tom Wargo (1993), Denis Watson (2007) and Tom Watson (2001, ‘1l).

The 156-player field represents 13 countries in the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. Final entries to the Championship will be made April 19.

There are currently 23 past major champions in the field: Mark Brooks, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Elkington, Irwin, Jacobs, Steve Jones, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Lehman, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Andy North, Mark O’Meara, Nick Price, Scott Simpson, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Bob Tway, Denis Watson, Tom Watson, and Ian Woosnam.

The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is the oldest event in senior golf, originating in 1937 at Augusta National Golf Club at the invitation of the legendary amateur Bobby Jones. The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will feature 12 hours of live television coverage on NBC and Golf Channel, with viewership in more than 130 countries and territories worldwide. Tickets to the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid are available by visiting SPGA2013.com.

Among the world-class field are 35 PGA club professionals, including reigning Senior PGA Professional National Champion Jim Woodward of Edmond, Okla. Thirty-five members of the contingent earned a berth last October in the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Aldie, Va.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: 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 PGA enables its 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 world-class championships and innovative programs, 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. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About KitchenAid
Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. Cook for the Cure®, the brand’s partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, is now in its eleventh year and has raised over $8 million to help find a cure for breast cancer. 

PGA of America celebrates 97th anniversary

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The countdown to the Centennial celebration of The Professional Golfers’ Association of America, the world’s largest sports organization, reaches a milestone tomorrow with The PGA celebrating its 97th anniversary as a leader of the multi-billion dollar golf industry.

On April 10, 1916, a group of 78 founding members, with a newly framed Constitution and by-laws in place, created The PGA of America in a boardroom on the second floor of the Hotel Martinique (now the Radisson Martinique on Broadway), in New York City. PGA Professional Robert White, of Wykagyl Country Club, in New Rochelle, N.Y., was elected as the Association’s first president on June 26, 1916.

The idea to form an organization of golf professionals was proposed just a few months and several blocks south of Broadway by department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker during a luncheon at the Taplow Club in the former Wanamaker Store. Attendees at the luncheon included the likes of Walter Hagen, Francis Ouimet and A.W. Tillinghast. Wanamaker would also donate the iconic trophy that bears his name, medals and prize money to launch the inaugural PGA Championship at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y., Oct. 10-14, 1916.

Since its historic founding, The PGA has developed into an organization of 27,000 men and women Professionals who are recognized as “The Experts in the Game and Business of Golf.”

“Many things have changed in 97 years, but one thing remains a constant,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop, the 38th PGA Professional to hold the highest office in the Association. “PGA Professionals go to work every day to make the game more enjoyable for our customers and those we serve. No one has had a better pulse on the amateur player than PGA Professionals. That was true 97 years ago and it has never been more evident than it is today!”

By developing world-class championships and innovative programs to grow the game, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in golf, their desire to play more golf and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. Through a network of 41 Section offices, the Association maintains a total commitment to its Professionals, helping the membership meet the demands of today’s marketplace and addressing issues that are vital to the golf industry.

From Jim Barnes in 1916 to Rory McIlroy in 2012, the PGA Championship has crowned many of the greatest golfers in the game at The Season’s Final Major. The Association also stages some of the game’s premier events including: the Ryder Cup, with teams from the United States and Europe competing every other year in one of the greatest spectacles in all of sport; the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf; the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the most difficult event to qualify for in all of golf; and the PGA Professional National Championship, the showcase event for PGA Club Professionals.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: 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 PGA enables its 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 world-class championships and innovative programs, 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. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. 

Masters Tournament Foundation, USGA, PGA announce formation of Drive Chip & Putt Championship

AUGUSTA, Ga. — In an effort to promote interest and participation in the game of golf, the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America announced Monday the creation of the Drive Chip Putt Championship, a free, nationwide junior skills competition that will conclude at Augusta National Golf Club in 2014.

Participants in the inaugural Drive Chip Putt Championship will advance through local and regional qualifiers conducted throughout the United States. Competitors will be comprised of boys and girls ages 7-15, and they will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. The regional champions in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age categories will advance to the finals to be held at Augusta National the Sunday before the Masters Tournament, April 6, 2014. The Championship finals will be produced and broadcast by Golf Channel.

On Monday, April 8, 2013, the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America announced the creation of the Drive Chip Putt Championship, a free, nationwide junior skills competition that will conclude at Augusta National Golf Club in 2014.

“Generations of players have been inspired by the dream of sinking a winning putt on the 18th green at Augusta National,” said Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament Foundation. “Now an exciting opportunity exists to make that dream a reality. I am confident that our collective efforts with the USGA and The PGA of America will showcase the talents of kids who already play this game and motivate others to give the sport a try.”

Said Glen Nager, President of the USGA: “Among our many responsibilities as a governing body is finding creative ways to make the game more accessible to our nation’s young people. The Drive Chip Putt Championship Championship is an exciting new opportunity to fulfill this role, and together with our partners at the Masters Tournament Foundation and The PGA of America we look forward to leading its long-term success.”

“The game of golf is built on several fundamental skills, which our 27,000 PGA Professionals around the country teach players of all ages every day,” said Ted Bishop, President of The PGA of America. “The ability to successfully drive, chip and putt a golf ball are some of the basics to the enjoyment of the sport, and we believe this competition will motivate young players to work hard, practice these principle skills and learn to make golf a game of a lifetime.”

Local qualifying events will take place at courses in 19 states and Washington, D.C. In total, local qualifiers will provide more than 17,000 opportunities to compete. An extensive network of PGA Professionals and USGA professional staff and volunteers will conduct these competitions around the country.

Regional qualifying will be conducted at courses in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas (2), Virginia and Washington.

For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, qualifying sites or to register, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

About the Masters Tournament Foundation

The Masters Tournament Foundation, inspired by the enduring philosophies of Masters Tournament founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, is committed to promoting golf’s domestic and international development through financial investment and active participation in initiatives aimed at preserving the traditions of the game and sharing its many virtues.

The Masters Tournament – since its very beginning – strives to provide added exposure to the game of golf and inspire interest in the sport worldwide. For more information about the Masters, visit www.masters.com.

About the United States Golf Association

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The RA, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

About The PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: 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 PGA enables its 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 world-class championships and innovative programs, 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. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.