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I have decided to research the Local and National provision for Golf

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Introduction to Local And National Provision I have decided to research the Local and National provision for Golf, mainly because of the following reasons: 1. My love for the sport and because I have played it for so many years. 2. My Idols of the elite professionals in the sport and the path I need to take to achieve my great ambition of becoming a golf professional The areas I intend to concentrate on in my assignment to do with Local and National provision are: * How to get from amateur status to an elite professional? * What are the Local provisions available for people wanting to take part in golf? * What is available for girls in the local community? * How the elite professionals are funded for * What kind of money the P.G.A will provide to both amateurs and professionals To achieve these targets I intend to use a variety of equipment e.g. the Internet, interviews with my Golf's Club secretary and golf professional (Doncaster Golf Club in Bessacarr). To carry this out I will need to construct questionnaires to send off to the people I wish to collect the information from. Grassroots Development Being employed in the golf industry is a dream of many. Today, PGA members are employed in a number of ways in addition to traditional green-grass facility employment. PGA members are employed as rules officials, tournament administrators, retail managers, general managers, greens superintendents, developers of major golf courses, and a variety of other jobs in the industry. In July 1994 The Professional Golfers' Association of America launched the PGA Golf Professional Training Program (GPTP) as a new path to PGA membership. This innovative apprentice-training program is designed to prepare qualified men and women for the challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities they will face as PGA Golf Professionals in today's industry and in the decades to come. In 1998 the American Society of Association Executives awarded The PGA an Award of Excellence in Education for the Golf Professional Training Program and its contents. ...read more.

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A recreation advisory committee under the ACCESS Board is currently developing recommendations for rule making that will cover various recreation facilities and areas, including golf courses. Thus, the golf industry finds itself in a unique situation of determining how it will accommodate the disabled individual and make golf courses, buildings, equipment, and the game accessible to golfers with disabilities. History of NAGA An original group of 12 men with amputations was the nucleus of today's national organization. Dale Bourisseau, a veteran of World War II in which he received his below knee amputation, looked up comrades with similar injuries and encouraged them to try golf - as a means of recreation and to re-enforce pride. Dale teamed up with Possibilities Unlimited, a group of people with disabilities formed in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to gathering players by word of mouth, Dale also traveled with golf clubs as part of his sales position. Eventually, the band of amputee golfers became regional, with friendly games developing into tournament play in various cities.By 1954, the group was incorporated as the National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) supported the Professional Golf Association (PGA), and the United States Golf Association (USGA). NAGA currently has over 4,000 members in the Untied States and some 200 players from 17 other countries. In addition to its national tournament, the NAGA hosts events for senior players and sponsors local and regional tournaments throughout the country. Perhaps NAGA's highest visibility occurred as a result of the highly popular First Swing Program which teach adaptive golf to people with physical disabilities. Currently, over 30 clinics are held across the U.S. every year. The Golf for the Physically Challenged program has enabled many to realize first hand that they can play the game and have fun in an outdoor sport. To assist a growing number of physical, occupational, and recreational therapists, who have realized the adaptability of golf as a rehabilitation medium, NAGA brought its First Swing program to hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout the U.S. ...read more.

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Proceed under Rule 28a, b or c; or b. Add an additional penalty of one stroke and play a ball outside the bunker, keeping the point where the ball lay directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped. While this modification eliminates the inequity for the able-bodied golfer, it appears to create one for the disabled golfer. However, it is anticipated that future refinements in the USGA Handicap System will resolve this concern by allotting proportionally more handicap strokes to the disabled golfer who is playing from a wheelchair as the number and the severity of the bunkers increase from one golf course to another. MENTALLY HANDICAPPED GOLFERS Modification of the Rules of Golf for the mentally handicapped golfer appears unnecessary. If it is elected to play by the Rules, this group of individuals should be able to do so, although some players may require on-course supervision to facilitate some or all aspects of play, including etiquette. In that regard, the on-course supervisor would, in some cases, be somewhat analogous to the coach used by a blind golfer. In other situations, the supervisor might function more like an observer, helping one or more groups of golfers on an as needed basis. In that case, he would be considered an outside agency. In defining the status and the duties of a "supervisor," potential conflicts with Rules 6-4 (Caddie) and 8-1 (Advice) will need to be considered by the Committee. The relatively abbreviated experience with mentally handicapped golfers precludes addressing their needs under the Rules of Golf more specifically at this time. However, as these individuals become more involved in the game, it will be necessary to insure that the Rules are being properly adapted to accommodate any special requirements which interfere with their playing of the game. Analysis/Evaluation Remember "Playing golf is a little like carving a turkey. It helps if you have your slice under control"...Bob Orben ...read more.

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