A body for Professional golf in Sussex came together in 1912 and was one of the first local sub-branches of The Professionals Golfers’ Association since its own inception in 1901.
The Sussex County PGA - or The PGA in Sussex as it is now known - was formed to run Professional tournaments open to all PGA Professionals and registered assistants, under the jurisdiction of the Regulations of The PGA. Their tournaments, affairs and interest are administered and managed through the local regional PGA office. The original body, the Sussex Professional Golfers’ Union, celebrated their centenary in 2012 and still runs today as an Alliance.
Sussex encompasses over 60 golf clubs, which also include the historic links at Rye, the heathland gems of West Sussex at Pulborough and nearby Royal Ashdown Forest, and also the more recent designs at Dale Hill (above) and East Sussex National. There are in excess of 200 PGA Professionals and registered assistants in the county, who are provided the opportunity to play in local tournaments.
In recent years, Sussex has produced a fine number of PGA Professionals including recent County Order of Merit winner and former PGA Cup player Jamie Harris (Neville) and further back to Sussex stalwart Keith MacDonald (Goodwood). Two-time European Tour winner Jamie Spence (Neville, pictured above) has recently been named as Golf Team Leader for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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