Professional Golfers Association
Professional Golfers Association (PGA) is traditionally part of the name of an association of professional golfers, with a regional addition indicating the area of responsibility of the respective organization. For example, there is the PGA of America in the USA or the PGA of Germany in Germany. The term PGA can therefore also be used as a generic term for an association of professional golfers in general.
The PGA responsible for Great Britain and Ireland claims the right to simply act as The PGA (legal name: The Professional Golfers' Association Limited) and justifies this with the fact that it is the oldest PGA.
In the past, the PGAs took care of the interests of all professional golfers in their territories, especially tournament players (“Playing Professionals”). However, due to the large sums of money that are moved in professional tournaments, some PGAs set up special organizations for the tournament players with the term tour in their name. The two largest are the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour .
The professional golfers supervised by a PGA mainly include golf instructors ("teaching professionals"). However, some PGAs have also expanded their entitlement to representation so that they also include golf architects , greenkeepers , journalists, tournament organizers, operators of golf courses and golf shops, as well as managers of all kinds in the golf sector.