On September 19th, 1911, a small group of golf professionals banded together and created what is now The PGA of Australia.  Today marks the 100th birthday of the Association – and Inside Golf is proud to offer a hearthy “Happy Birthday”!

 

Recently, PGA of Australia CEO Brian Thorburn launched the Association’s year-long Centenary celebrations, marking a 100-year milestone for the world’s second-oldest PGA, and setting up an exciting Australian summer of golf.

“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,” said Thorburn.

“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 celebrations, PGA Life Member Greg Norman has taken on the role of the PGA’s Centenary Patron for the next 12 months.

“This is to be a remarkable year of celebration for the PGA of Australia and I am proud to have the honour of Patron for such an historic event within Australian golf,” said Norman.

“This year is about celebrating not only the Centenary of the PGA of Australia but also this illustrious game called golf,” he added

This year, the Association has launched a new PGA Centenary logo and announced an exciting schedule of events and programs to commemorate the Centenary of professional golf. 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: Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Charlie Earp, Matt Jager, Mat Goggin, Col Swatton, Lisa Newling, Kevin Conlong, Peter Ormsby and Bruce Green.

The PGA also announced their intention to launch a PGA Hall of Fame in the next 12 months along with a number of other exciting legacy items that will resonate within the Australian Golf Industry for many years to come.

The founding Members of the PGA in 1911 included R.S. (Dicks) Banks, Rowley Banks, Charles W. Campbell, E. (Ted) Cates, Carnegie Clark, Jack Clark, Tom Daniels, Arthur W. East, J. Victor East, Allan F. Maiden, Frank T. O’Brien, Jack Patterson, Fred Popplewell, Dan Soutar and W.(Willie) Thomson.

Here are some fun links to Centenary Celebrations:

Trivia Quiz: http://www.facebook.com/PGAofAustralia?sk=wall#!/PGAofAustralia?sk=app_156233146501

Centenary website: www.pga.org.au/centenary

Centenary Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/PGAcentenary

 

 

About Richard Fellner

Winner of multiple Australian Golf Media Awards, including Best Photojournalism and Best Column, Inside Golf Group Editor Richard Fellner is the quintessential Golf Tragic, having played the game for over 50 years (but has never gotten any better!) He has played and reviewed courses all over the world, and has interviewed many of the great players of the game (including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Greg Norman). Richard is a member of both the Australian Golf Writers Association and the Golf Society of Australia, and he is a regular guest on many Australian "sports talk" radio shows and networks, including ABC Grandstand, SEN 1116, Melbourne Talk Radio 1377, 2GB and others. Follow Richard Fellner on Quora

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