I’ll be motoring east from Toronto this weekend to take part in the Canadian PGA’s Centennial celebrations in the nation’s capital region.
During that four-and-a-half hours on the 401 and other routes into Ottawa, I’ll have plenty of time to reflect on this significant milestone and I’m sure once I get there, I’ll hear plenty of fond memories, as well as swap the lies we all love to share over putts and pints.
It’s a busy week for the Canadian PGA with the Mr. Lube Senior event also starting on Wednesday, so many of the association’s staff will have to high-tail it to Ottawa right after that tournament ends on Friday at King’s Riding in King City, Ont.
Of course, not everybody will be able to make the festivities from across the country, either due to schedules or distance, but I’m sure in a perfect world, golf professionals would love to meet with colleagues from around the country or friends they haven’t seen in awhile.
Absence doesn’t mean members and friends can’t take part in the discussions that are sure to take place. That’s what GNN is for and we would enjoy hearing from those who can’t make it and those who will be at the festivities.
Of course, there will be a lot of chatter about the association’s colourful history and while 100 years is a significant milestone, the association’s present and future is certainly a relevant topic along with the pride that members have in the association’s past.
Where the association is headed is as much a reason for discussion as where the Canadian PGA has been, so take a moment to reflect on the past and look into the crystal ball. We want to hear from you on this important occasion in the history of the association.
What are your fondest memories from being a member?
Are golf professionals still the personification of the game in Canada?
What is the image of golf professionals among consumers?
What are your main concerns with the changing role of the golf professional over the years?
If a Canadian PGA founder could be time-warped into 2011, what would that founder’s opinion be of today’s golf professional?
Given the state of the game today, do you expect more significant change in the role of the golf professional?
Does a young golf professional have to wait too long before making enough money to raise a family and reach the personal goals of his/her contemporaries in other jobs?
Is enough being done to attract women who might aspire to being golf professionals?
What should the Canadian PGA be focusing on going forward – tournaments, education or other priorities?
Where do you think the Canadian association stands among other PGAs from around the world?
Those are just a few questions to mull over and I’m sure you have many more topics you’d like to discuss in respect to the Canadian PGA, whether they have to do with the past, present or future of the association.
So tee it up as we head into this significant celebration by offering your thoughts on this wide variety of subjects in the Comments box below this blog.