The relationship in Nottinghamshire between professional and amateur players dates back to the early 20th century when the Amateur & Professional Golfers' Alliance was founded in 1921.
At the first Alliance meeting, president HD Snook consented for a cup to be competed for annually - that Presidents Cup is still played for today.
The primary object of the Alliance was to provide competitive golf at an inter-club level during the winter months. It was one of the aims of the promoters to encourage a closer association between amateur and professional ranks, not only by including the professional in the club teams but also inviting him to share in the executive work of the Alliance.
At a meeting Mapperley in 1965, a number PGA Professionals including George Bell, Roger Hastings, Ken Milner, Harold Roffe, Don Smart, David Talbot and Bill White founded the Nottinghamshire Professional Golfers’ Association to further promote the interests of qualified PGA Professionals and assistants whilst continuing to maintain a link with the amateur ranks. The officers elected at the meeting were JA Small as president, Maurice Youngs as captain and Mike Busk as secretary.
The Notts PGA Strokeplay Championship was augmented in 1965 by the introduction of the Notts PGA Matchplay Championship, won for the first time by David Snell.
Over the years, The PGA in Nottinghamshire has grown in stature and now promotes a Strokeplay and Matchplay Championship, Assistants’ Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships and maintains an Order of Merit based not only on the performances in these events, but also in the 12 pro-ams organised throughout the season.
20 Notts PGA Professionals and assistants qualify to play in the Nottinghamshire Championship each year where they compete against the top twenty amateurs from the county - further cementing the relationship developed over the years.
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