PGA of Poland
PGA of Poland
PGA of Poland, a Golf Instructors’ Association, is an organization for golf instructors, golf coaches and golf professionals. The PGA of Poland 's mission is to promote golf, by implementing the highest standards in education, raising the level of competitive golf and by representing ethical values arising from the tradition and history of golf.
The main objective of PGA of Poland is the broadly understood education of PGA members, organization of training and coaching sessions, as well as international tournaments for members. Our mission is also to promote golf in close cooperation with the Polish Golf Union.
PGA of Poland was founded in 1993 by Ryszard Gacke, Pierre Karstrom and Jacek A. Gazecki. Pierre Karstrom was the organization’s first President in 1993-1995, while the following terms of office were served by Marek Sokołowski (1995-1999), Edwin Myszk (1999-2003) and Marek Podstolski (2003-2012). Jarosław Sroka is the current PGA of Poland president.
In 1999-2001 the first professional tour was organized under the name A-Z Medica Tour. In the course of the following years, there were various tour sponsors (Audi, Armada, Deutsche Bank) and the tournaments were becoming more and more popular. Today, the tour is organized under the name PGA Pro Tour.
In 2007, as a result of the implemented training programme (created by Mike O’Brien – the Only PGA of Poland member awarded Five Star Professional title) the first Polish professionals completed their 3-year training course and received the title of Qualified PGA Professionals.
In October 2010 PGAs of Europe, formed by 34 national organizations with 12 thousand members from all over the continent, has granted PGA of Poland the Fully Approved by PGAs of Europe status.