In 1965, the Surrey Professionals Golfers’ Association was created (primarily to run its own Open tournament) and has since grown and evolved to run many tournaments for the county’s Professionals, and also to continue to look after the interests of its Members. In recent years, The PGA in Surrey has been administered and managed through the regional PGA office situated, in the heart of Surrey, at Clandon Regis GC.
The county of Surrey has a strong golfing tradition and historical links with The PGA. In 1926, Wentworth Club hosted the forerunner to the current Ryder Cup and also hosted the 1953 Ryder Cup matches (pictured above); an honour which was bestowed on Walton Heath in 1981.
Wentworth Club’s own PGA Professional, Bernard Gallacher (above), was a three-time Ryder Cup captain in the 1990s, and the Virginia Water venue has been host to the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, for the last 30 years.
Surrey encompasses over 110 golf clubs, which also include some of the UK’s finest such as St George’s Hill, Hankley Common, Hindhead, West Hill, Woking and Queenwood. Amongst its ranks are over 400 PGA Professionals and registered assistants who are provided the opportunity to play in some 25 tournaments each year.
The Surrey Open Championship was presented by Major J. Collis Browne in 1925 and first played for at West Hill and Worplesdon clubs in 1926 and was won by Jack Smith (Wentworth). Other notable Surrey Open champions include Dai Rees (Surbiton), Max Faulkner (St George’s Hill) and Neil Coles (Coombe Hill).
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