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Illinois PGA History

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Growing the game of golf has been the mission of the Professional Golfers' Association of America since its inception in 1916. The PGA of America originated in New York when a group of men representing golf professionals and prominent amateurs met at a luncheon on January 17, 1916. These gentlemen discussed forming a national organization which would promote interest in the game of golf and help elevate the vocation of golf professionals. Eighty-two charter members were elected. Today, there are over 28,000 PGA professionals and apprentices - making the PGA the world's largest working sports organization.

The PGA of America was comprised of seven Sections in April 1916 - Central, Metropolitan, Middle States, New England, North & South Pacific, Northwest & Southwest and Southeastern.

The Middle States Section, which was headquartered in Illinois, included: Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Toronto, Canada (The PGA of Canada was founded in 1911). 

In 1921, The PGA of America decided to break up the original seven Sections and form individual Sections based on geographical locations. The Middle States Section became the Illinois PGA.

The Middle States Section was renamed the Illinois Section when the other states and Toronto were split off in 1921.
Today, the Illinois PGA is comprised of 617 PGA members and 218 apprentices working at over 319 facilities. The Illinois PGA conducts over 70 tournaments annually for its members and apprentices, the largest being the Illinois Open Championship. For over 50 years, the Illinois Open has showcased competition between the finest amateurs and professionals in the “State Championship of Illinois Golf.”

Today the PGA of America is divided up into 41 geographical areas. Each of these Sections conduct playing opportunities for PGA members, apprentices, and amateur golfers, while providing support for its local golf professionals. Each Section also holds business meetings and continuing educational programs for its members and apprentices and assists in the fulfillment of the PGA of America's mission of growing the game of golf.

Past Presidents

2015 - 2016 – Jim Opp
2013 - 2014 - Chris Gumbach
2011 - 2012 - Casey Brozek
2009 - 2010 - Trey VanDyke
2007 - 2008 - Terry Russell
2005 - 2006 - Don Pieper
2003 - 2004 - Dennis Johnsen
2001 - 2002 - Emil Esposito
1999 - 2000 - Paul Reinking
1997 - 1998 - Roger Warren
1995 - 1996 - Bruce Patterson
1993 - 1994 - Paul Reinking
1991 - 1992 - Leon McNair
1989 - 1990 - John Cleland
1987 - 1988 - Sherm Finger
1985 - 1986 - Dave Ogilvie III
1984 - 1984 - Terry Carlson
1982 - 1983 - Hal Miller
1980 - 1981 - Don Wegrzyn
1978 - 1979 - Ken Weiler
1976 - 1977 - Bill Heald
1974 - 1975 - Larry Rouse
1972 - 1973 - Hubby Habjan
1970 - 1971 - Zigfield Troy
1968 - 1969 - Bill Ogden
1951 - 1967 - Harry Pezzullo

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