THE PGA THROUGH THE AGES
BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN IT was at a meeting of 15 professional golfers held in Carnegie Clark’s workshop on the grounds of Royal Sydney Golf Club on September 19, 1911, that a proposal to form a Professional Golfer’s Association was carried unanimously. Professionals competing at the 1911 Australian Open had been dissatisfied with their treatment at the tournament and with the facilities provided. It was then proposed at that meeting by Carnegie Clark and seconded by RS Banks, that Dan Souter be elected the first Chairman of the Association, with the proposal carried unanimously.
SECOND IN LINE AFFILIATION with the British PGA was granted in March, 1912. The British PGA was the first body of its kind, coming into being in 1901, with the Australian PGA next in 1911, the New Zealand PGA third in 1913 and the United States PGA fourth in 1916.