Professional Golfers' Association of America


Professional Golfers' Association of America

Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America) is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and is the largest working sports organization in the world, with more than 28,000 members. The organization is now primarily a representative body for its club and teaching professionals, both men & women. [http://www.pga.com/pgaofamerica/history/] Other major golf teaching bodies in America include The Professional Golf Teacher of America [http://www.pgtaa.com/] and The United States Golf Teaching Federation [http://www.usgtf.com]

Professional golf tournaments in the U.S. are run by the PGA Tour, which became independent of the PGA of America in 1968. The United States Golf Association (USGA) runs the amateur golf tournements, however both professionals and amateurs are allowed to enter the USGA's "U.S. Open".

The PGA of America conducts 40 tournaments for its member professionals each year, including events which attract elite tournament golfers:
*Ryder Cup Matches (in cooperation with the PGA European Tour)
*PGA Championship (one of men's golf's four major championships)
*Senior PGA Championship (one of the five senior majors)
*PGA Grand Slam of Golf (a match exclusively for the winners of the four major championships)

The PGA of America also operates the PGA Professional National Championship for its club and teaching professionals. This event was established in 1968, following the departure of the tour professionals to the PGA Tour.

External links

* [http://www.pga.com PGA of America] - official site
* [http://www.usgtf.com USGTF of America] - official site
* [http://www.Lpga.com LPGA of America] - official site
* [http://www.pgtaa.com PGTAA of America] - official site
* [http://www.usga.org/home/index.html United States Golf Association] - official site
* [http://www.randa.org/ The R&A] - official site
* [http://www.pgatour.com PGA Tour] - official site
* [http://www.europeantour.com/ PGA European Tour] - official site


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