As a PGA Professional, I feel like there is a cloak of secrecy about who we are, how we get to be a member, and what we do as an Association. A few articles ago, I chronicled one of the steps on the path to becoming a member of the PGA of America. Maybe you would like to know how I remain PGA.
Ability wise, I feel pressure to remain a good player, but there’s no obligation. It resembles a driver’s license. Many years ago I had to be good at golf for one day; passing under the 36-hole scoring barrier. Technically many years ago I passed my driver’s test in a similar one day examination. Today, I drive a car better than I play golf, but obviously the world doesn’t require me to be very good at either to remain in good standing. Just take a look at the guy next to you with a cigarette in one hand, his phone in the other as he crosses into your lane.
Maintain Ability to Remain PGA
There has been discussions that maybe the PGA should require a member to maintain their playing ability. It’s funny. You’re probably reading this thinking the PGA would be better off making sure Pros know how to run golf courses. I think you’re right, and that’s why I can’t play like I used to. Sometimes I feel bad about that, but I know it’s in there. Nothing a little practice couldn’t remedy. Sounds familiar! Down the road, I’ll describe the Section and the meetings.