Working together

I have just returned after a couple of days in Spain. On the Wednesday I was invited to speak at the Professional Golfers Association of Europe’s annual Professional Golf Forum in Murcia. This year the forum was held in co-operation with the European Golf Association and the European Tour and stretched out to both PGAs and Federations/Unions across Europe. This is an initiative that is worth a big round of applause. It does make a whole lot of sense that organisations that try to develop coaches (PGAs) and those whose job it is to educate the players (Federations/Unions) get together to discuss the what, how, when and where of coaching together with the, a bit further down the road, beneficiary (the European Tour).

It was in many ways a very interesting conference. For a few years now the PGA of Europe has had a punch line – ‘Working together’. I cannot help wondering what that actually means but after this week I am guessing that it most of all means that PGA organisations across countries are working together. The idea of this conference I think was to show how PGAs work together with their respective Unions/Federations. How that went? I am not sure…

Towards the end of the first day there was an interview with Peter Dawson from the Royal & Ancient about the return of golf on the Olympic programme. One of the things Peter said was that in terms of organisation golf is not really yet ready for the Olympics. We will be, he said, in 2016 but there is a lot of work that now need to go into this. I think that could be said more than once and it will be very interesting to follow how the different countries will meet this. Interestingly enough, there is no doubt that the smaller countries without the historical backpack will have an easier job getting their house in order!

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