PGA Professionals: The Heart of Golf
By Matt Stansfield
The spotlight on PGA Professionals is too often kept to the PGA Championship or “Glory’s Last Shot,” as it’s also known. It is hosted by the PGA of America, which also hosts The Ryder Cup. PGA of America coverage on major TV networks and different golf publications seems limited to being told to”consult your local PGA Professional” when watching or reading the latest in golf instruction.
Have you ever stopped to think about that PGA Professional you’re being told to see? Have you ever paid attention to the men and women behind the counter at the driving range or practice facility you go to or the local golf course or country club you play? I came across on the article on the web that opened with the following quote, “PGA Pros do pretty much anything and everything in golf — and best of all, they’re there to help you”
It’s a quote that most all PGA Professionals would agree with, but the piece that I think is missing and goes hand in hand with being there to help you is doing our part to help grow this great game. There are PGA Professionals across the world and each alongside the major manufacturers are coming up with different initiatives to attract more people to the game of golf and continue to focus on attracting the youth of this world to pick up a golf club; the First Tee being a great example of how beneficial and how widespread an impact can be had.
The PGA of America may get the majority of the attention but being a PGA of Canada member myself, I wanted to pay tribute to all of the PGA Professionals across the world.
Golf may be “a good walk spoiled” but it is truly “the greatest game ever played” and one that we all need to appreciate everyone involved — from the PGA Professional to the Grounds Crew to the Bag Drop Attendants and the Course Marshals. They are all the “heart” of golf.