Golf News - Northern Florida Chapter of the PGA

There are over 27,000 men and women who proudly call themselves PGA professionals in the United States. You may think of your local golf pro as the person who greets you in the pro shop or the instructor on the lesson tee, but their roles are much broader and more meaningful than meets the eye.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, the Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA encompasses a sizeable amount of acreage from Amelia Island westward to Tallahassee and further south to St. Augustine. Not only are its members well-trained golf professionals, they’re philanthropists, community organizers and stewards of the game they dedicate the large majority of their adult lives to.

In addition to their day jobs tending to their respective clubs and customers, the chapter’s 270 professionals devoted their time to a number of causes, charitable events and competitive tournaments near and dear to Northeast Florida in 2010. The chapter organizes dozens of golf tournaments at clubs throughout the area each calendar year, including a Pro-Am series where 1500 participants compete in 13 events.

Off the course, chapter pursuits and initiatives included constructing a house through the Habitat for Humanity organization, raising in excess of $30,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation via Patriot Golf Day, donating shirts to the Salvation Army and brightening the day of sick children in the hospital – a program called “Putting for Smiles.”

Professionals also help to grow the game by teaching junior golfers basic fundamentals, and serve as liaisons between the golf and business communities. The commitment to giving back in every way possible is encouraged and facilitated by contributions from area businesses and the general public.


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