The Hants Alliance was founded in 1927 as a vehicle for professional and amateur golfers to play together on a regular basis and encourage goodwill. Times have obviously changed a great deal since then but the aims remain much the same.
The Alliance today has six meetings between October and March, known as The PGA in Hampshire Winter Series. These events give PGA Professionals, particularly assistants, an opportunity to play competitive golf for prize money in the winter months. An order of merit is run for assistant professionals who compete for the John Sneezum Memorial Trophy.
The Alliance also gives amateurs more opportunities to play with PGA Professionals, usually as a partner in a fourball betterball or bowmaker competition.
There has been much debate concerning the original concept of a 36-hole day society, and at the moment there is a mixture of 27-hole competitions and 18-hole morning competitions followed by a foursomes or team stableford after lunch (usually over nine holes).
Membership is open to any PGA Professional within the county of Hampshire and amateurs with a handicap of 18 or under. Amateur members must be proposed and seconded by existing members (either amateur or professional).
2016 subscription is £25 and meeting fees range from £45 to £65. The meeting fee includes tournament entry plus coffee on arrival, a light lunch, a two-course dinner and prizes. A portion of the amateur meeting fee also goes towards providing prize money for the PGA Professionals.
Anyone interested in joining should contact their PGA Professional or Roger Tuddenham, Secretary of The PGA in Hampshire.
South Winchester Golf Club
Romsey Road, Pitt
Tel: 01962 860 928
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