The PGA in England (Midlands) has more than 800 PGA Professionals serving the needs of clubs and golfers across the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.
With some 350 clubs in the region together with players at driving ranges and customers at retail golfing outlets and fitting centres – PGA Members in the region have a potential reach of some 400,000 golfers.
History records that the Midlands Professional Golf Club (later the Midlands Golf Association) was the first professional golfing body to hold a regional tournament and was expressly formed for that purpose in 1897. The Midland Professional Championship was first won in 1897 by Tom Williamson, renowned professional at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) and the legendary Harry Vardon’s foursomes partner. He was also captain of the English International Golf Team and setter of a world record by playing in every Open from 1897 to 1947. Midlands professionals still compete annually in this event – the oldest professional event in the world.
At their Annual General Meeting on 25 March 1902 the Midlanders amalgamated with the PGA and became its Midlands Section with 37 members.
In addition to the major professional tournaments that make up the Region’s annual Order of Merit series, The PGA in England (Midlands) runs many Pro-Ams at home and overseas and bespoke corporate golf days for renowned clients.
Our Pro-Am days give local businesses the opportunity to offer something different to their clients - an unequalled golfing experience for the amateur or business golfer on many of the regions’ famous courses including The Brabazon, Woodhall Spa, Forest of Arden and Little Aston and on courses designed by famous course architects such as J H Taylor (Stratford on Avon), James Braid and John Stutt (Peterborough Milton) and Harry Colt (Ladbrook Park). With time to chat between holes and in the clubhouse, golf is a sociable way for you to meet new people and connect with colleagues, management and potential business leads – as well as with friends and family.
The Midlands has been home over the years to many famous names, both players and coaches. Ryder Cup players Peter Baker, David Gilford, Paul Broadhurst, Brian Waites, Maurice Bembridge, Hugh Boyle, Peter Butler, Ralph Moffitt, Arthur Lees, Charlie Ward and Jack Hargreaves are all PGA Professionals from the Midlands.
Other notable current and former European Tour/Senior European Tour players who hail from the region are Robert Rock, Andrew Hare, Simon Lilly, Mark Mouland, Paul Streeter, Greg Owen, Paul Wesselingh, Mike Gallagher and Tony Charnley.
In addition to players the Midlands has notable coaches working in all areas of golf with coaches such as PGA Master Professionals Gary Alliss and Keith Williams. Chris Miller is also well known for working with elite players while Craig Thomas has done much to increase the awareness of disability golf coaching.
The region has also seen many notable PGA Assistants with the Midlands Assistant Professional Championship trophy, played for since 1929, featuring an array of past winners including Charlie Ward, Bernard Hunt, Peter Butler, Maurice Bembridge, Phil Weaver, Robert Rock and Paul Streeter.
|2016||Barrie Stevens||Beau Desert|
|2014||Ian Walley||Kedleston Park|
|2013||Phillip Edwards||Phil Edwards Golf|
|2011||Daniel Greenwood||Forest Pines|
|2010||Cameron Clark||Moor Hall|
|2008||Paul Wesselingh||Kedleston Park|
|2007||Robert Macey||Ramsdale Park|
|2006||Brian Rimmer||Little Aston|
|2004||Henry Bareham||Collingtree Park|
|2003||Simon Wordsworth||The Belfry|
|2002||David Edwards||Forest Pines|
|2001||David J Russell||Kedleston Park|
|1998||Shane Rose||Cold Ashby|
|1997||Brian Mudge||Overstone Park|
|1994||Gary Stafford||Burton on Trent|
|1992||Tim Rouse||Northants County|
|1991||John Lower||Wollaton Park|
|1990||David Dunk||Whitelakes Leisure|
|1989||Stuart Brown||Northants County|
|1988||Angus Dow||Stoke Rochford|
|1987||Bob Larratt||Glen Gorse|
|1982||Reg Cox||Gog Magog|
|1981||Bernard Prestom||Lickey Hills|
|1979||Jim Rhodes||South Staffs|
|1977-76||John Wiggett||Kings Norton|
|1973||Les Ball||Stratford on Avon|
|1971||Ted Large||South Staffs|
|1970-69||Norman McDonald||Moor Hall|
|1968||Jack McMillan||Copt Heath|
|1965||Jack Hargreaves||Sutton Coldfield|