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Asbri Golf strengthens its PGA ties

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WINNERS: Asbri Golf directors, Paul Williams (left) and Eryl Williams (right) with Sion Bebb, winner of the Asbri-sponsored 2017 Welsh National PGA Championship at Celtic Manor. Free to use courtesy of Adrian Milledge

ASBRI Golf, the market-leading logo accessory brand, has strengthened its longstanding relationship with The PGA in two key areas.

In addition to upgrading its status with the Association from Official Supplier to PGA Partner, the Wales-based company has extended its title sponsorship of the Welsh National PGA Championships for a further three years.

Asbri Golf has supported the Welsh National PGA Championships since 2013 and its relationship with The PGA was enhanced last year with an agreement to sponsor the seasonal opener in the West region, The PGA Cornish Festival.

Eryl Williams, Asbri Golf managing director, commented: “PGA Professionals are at the very heart of our brand.

“If we did not have their business and support, our products would not be stocked in pro shops and ultimately purchased by members of their golf clubs.

“We are delighted to not only strengthen our relationship with The PGA and extend our sponsorship agreement but we are also excited about working together even more closely.”

Commenting on the new agreement, PGA chief executive, Robert Maxfield, said: “Asbri has built a reputation as one of Europe’s leading logo accessory brands with their wide range of high quality crested merchandise and significant global distribution.

“Their established set-up and exceptional service has made them a trusted supplier to The PGA for a number of years. So we are delighted to strengthen our relationship and promote their brand even further to our Members, partners and branded properties.”

Paul Williams, Asbri sales and marketing director, added: “This agreement is another opportunity for us to give something back to PGA Professionals and thank them for their business.

“It allows us to reinvest back into The PGA and show our appreciation for their loyalty and support. We are excited and extremely proud to become PGA Partners and continue to work with the biggest brand and association in golf.”




Sergio wins AGW Golf Writers Trophy


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Sergio celebrates: Photo thanks to European Tour/Getty Images

MASTERS champion Sergio Garcia is this year’s recipient of the Golf Writers Trophy, as awarded by the Association of Golf Writers. The 37-year old Spaniard won an overwhelming majority of votes cast by AGW members following a season in which he claimed his first major title.

Garcia’s Masters victory was one of three wins in what he has described as the best season of his life.  He won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February before claiming his first Green Jacket by triumphing in a thrilling sudden death playoff to beat Justin Rose at Augusta in April.  Garcia’s third victory came in October at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters which is hosted by the player’s charitable foundation.

It is the second time Garcia has received the award.  He won the vote after his breakthrough season in 1999 when he was a 19-year old runner up to Tiger Woods in that year’s PGA Championship at the Medinah Country Club near Chicago.
“It is a tremendous honour to be recognised as the AGW Golfer of the Year by the Association’s members,” said Garcia.  “It is something that is very difficult to achieve, so it’s always a pleasure.
“To be voted the award for a second time, it is extremely exciting and hopefully I will be able to win it again.

“We know that both the golfers and media go hand in hand in this business, and we always appreciate when they recognise you for something as big as this.
“So, thank you again to all the members of the Association of Golf Writers for voting me their Golfer of the Year.”
Garcia breaks a duopoly between Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson who have dominated the award for the last five years.  McIlroy received the accolade in 2012, 14 and 15, while his Swedish rival won the award last year and in 2013.
The Golf Writers Trophy is awarded each year to the person or persons, born or resident in Europe, who in the opinion of AGW members has made the most outstanding contribution to golf in the preceding twelve months.
“We are delighted to give this award to Sergio,” said AGW Chairman, Iain Carter.  “I suspect very few people would have expected this great talent to have been so frustrated for so long at major championships, especially when you consider how he burst on to the scene.
“Sergio has been a delight to cover for our members.  He has always been a fascinating character loved by fans all over the world and he has generated hundreds of stories in a most colourful career.
“I think the vast majority of us were thrilled that we were finally able to write the story of his first major title.  Typically it was won in great and courageous style.
“We were also very grateful that Sergio chose to join us at our annual dinner at Royal Birkdale this year.  He turned up proudly wearing the green jacket and his presence in such coveted attire helped make it a hugely successful evening.
“It is only right that our membership have chosen to bestow him with our most prestigious award and we send our warmest congratulations to Sergio and his team.”

Inquiries to AGW Chairman Iain Carter; Phone: (Mobile) + 44 (0)7740 818 32


PGA joins forces with Asian Golf Industry Federation

FOLLOWING the success of its first overseas PGA Members’ International Conference in Thailand, The PGA has signed up as an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).

The PGA has become the latest international body to join forces with AGIF, whose aim is to develop and lead the growth of golf across Asia.

The new partnership will allow The PGA to highlight the roles and work of its Professionals in the region and identify potential employment opportunities for its Members.

No fewer than 1,500 PGA Professionals of Great Britain and Ireland are working in 81 overseas locations across the globe, including dozens of Asian countries.

Speaking about the partnership Rob Maxfield, chief executive of The PGA, said: “Asia continues to be an important market for The PGA and its members who have been working there to develop golf for many years.

“The recent gathering of Members at our conference at Laguna Phuket allowed them to gain good knowledge from some excellent speakers which will ultimately help them develop in their current roles. The conference also allowed us to engage face-to-face with our Members in the region and see how we can support them into the future.

“Given the ever-growing number of PGA Members who are working in Asia, it makes perfect sense for us to join with AGIF. We very much hope to be able to contribute further to the development of golf across Asia.”

AGIF looks to develop golf across Asia in a variety of ways. It provides educational events, seminars and workshops and conducts research that benefits the golf industry in the area.

The Federation provides a networking platform for its members, which includes key decision makers in the Asian golf industry, and AGIF also addresses many key issues relevant to the sport, such as environmental sustainability and the growth of the game.

Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s chief executive, added: “We offer a very warm welcome to the Federation to Robert Maxfield and The PGA, the world’s oldest Professional Golf Association.

“The PGA is a members’ organisation which educates and trains PGA Professionals to degree level with the very latest skills and expertise to operate in all areas of golf, so golfers can coach and play while golf clubs benefit from the successful management of their facility.

“The AGIF is already heavily invested in education with course superintendents and club managers in Asia. Working with The PGA, we can now look forward also to expanding our brief to include PGA professionals.”


Rooke swoops to win merit award

LEE Rooke clinched the PGA Cheshire & North Wales Members’ Tour Order of Merit despite failing to win any of the six fixtures.

But the Royal St David’s assistant was never out of the top 10 as he registered two second places, two thirds, a fifth and an eighth.

Ashton-on-Mersey’s Oliver Smith, who scored two aces in four months, clinched the final event at Knutsford with a mixed bag of bag of birdies, bogeys and an eagle in his one-under-par 71,

Rooke was a shot off the pace alongside Alderley Edge’s Charles Le Sueur and Ben Thompson, from Hazel Grove.

LEADING SCORES: 71 Oliver Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey); 72 Charles Le Sueur (Alderley Edge), Ben Thompson (Hazel Grove), Lee Rooke (Royal St David’s); 73 Graham Cox (Lymm), Oliver Pantoja (OP Golf), Benjamin Stanier (Wilmslow), Rhodri Fieldhouse (American Golf); 74 Tim Maxwell (Knutsford), Gary Brown (Marple).

ORDER OF MERIT: Lee Rooke (Royal St David’s) 626.67pts; Grant Edwards (Lakeside) 497.08; Oliver Pantoja (Hazel Grove) 447.50; Benjamin Thompson (Hazel Grove) 403.75; Rhodri Fieldhouse (American Golf) 376.25,


Smith’s proving a real ace

Oliver Smith.JPGOLIVER Smith is making a habit out of holing in one. The 29-year-old Ashton on Mersey assistant scored his second ace in four months during the PGA Cheshire & North Wales Members’ Tour fixture at Bramall Park.

“I’ve had a few albatrosses since turning professional so I must be doing something right,” he quipped.

“My first ace was at Coxmoor’s tenth during the Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship. My latest, at Bramall’s fourth, was quite impressive because my tee shot went over the pin then spun back straight into the hole. It never looked like going anywhere else!”

Smith, in his second year in the paid ranks, posted one-under-par 69, a stroke adrift of three players including Royal St David’s consistent Lee Rooke.

The sixth and final event in the series is at Knutsford on November 20.

LEADING SCORES: 68 Graham Roberts (Eaton), Shamus Martin (Aberdovey), Lee Rooke (Royal St David’s); 69 Oliver Smith (Ashton on Mersey); 70 Alex Evans (Bromborough); 71 Benjamin Stanier (Wilmslow), Rhodri Fieldhouse (American Golf); 72 Tim Maxwell (Knutsford).


Golf-Tech’s 3-year deal as PGA Partner


PGA PARTNERS: From left, Hamish Ferguson, Matt Foley and Guy Moran. Photo: Courtesy Adrian Milledge 

GOLF-TECH, the manufacturer of the world’s most advanced automated teeing system, Power Tee®, has strengthened its relationship with The PGA.

The Swindon-based company has been a PGA official supplier since 2008 but has now upgraded its status to become a PGA Partner in a new three-year deal.

The company’s globally renowned product, Power Tee®, tees up six million balls a day in 17 countries and is a must-have for golf facilities, including St.Andrews, Wentworth, The Belfry and Le Golf National to name a few.

Since launching 21 years ago, it has teed up more than 40 billion golf balls – a total that would stretch round the world’s circumference 40 times. One of Power Tee’s most notable ambassadors is USA Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.

Commenting on the partnership, Matt Foley, managing director of Golf-Tech Ltd for the UK, Europe and UAE, said: “The PGA aligns itself with many top-quality brands. They all deliver quality products and quality service and, as the market leader in our field, we are delighted to be joining them.

“We have valued our nine-year association with The PGA and are looking forward to the next three years as a PGA Partner.”

Under its new PGA Partner status, The PGA will promote the company’s products to its Members and portfolio of prestigious branded properties around the world.

Robert Maxfield, PGA chief executive, said: “We’ve enjoyed a long association with Golf-Tech and are pleased to welcome them as a PGA Partner.

“Having seen first-hand the positive effect Power Tee® has on a business, it really is an integral part of growing the game of golf. It attracts new people to the business and as the provider of the product of choice we are proud to be partners with Golf-Tech. The future of the game of golf is very important to us.”