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March 2020 Leadership Update

MSR Cycle

Extend the MSR cycle deadline from June 15, 2021 to June 15, 2022, for all Members. This is due to many MSR activity opportunities; meetings, education, tournaments, player development, being affected by postponement or cancellations. Additionally, this relieves pressure on Sections and Members to conduct or take part in these activities during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

Acceptable Progress

Extend the Acceptable Progress deadlines of all PGA Associates by one year, therefore administering a nine-year Acceptable Progress time period. As travel to the PGA Education Center is currently curtailed, PGA Education staff is exploring online opportunities and as testing sites are closed, this provides flexibility to Associates regarding meeting their deadlines.

Qualifying Level: Individual who have a current open Qualifying Level will have six months added to their start date. Individuals who have completed the Qualifying Level and have an open Qualifier Eligible, will have that date extended by six months. Individuals purchasing the Qualifying Level now will be given a nine (9) month window to complete.

Playing Ability Test Qualifying Score: While PATs are currently not being conducted, individuals may temporarily submit verification of a handicap index of ten or less, to satisfy the PAT Qualifying Score to register as an Associate.  This is commensurate with the current parameters of the Qualifying Score, listed in the chart on this page:

https://www.pga.org/membership/associate-program/player-ability-test-pat

All individuals who enter in this manner will still need to eventually fully pass the Playing Ability Test to elect into PGA Membership.  

Playing Ability Test Validity: As PSI testing centers are currently closed, individuals who cannot test out of the PQ Level in order to register as an Associate will have their eight-year PAT validity extended until such time reasonable to test out and register.

**PGA Golf Management University Students: **PGA Education Staff will work with the Universities directly regarding any needed accommodations within the Criteria and Standards.    

Candidate Election Guidelines

The requirement that a Candidate have a nomination and two seconds by August 1, 2020, in order to receive funding from the PGA of America, will be modified to September 1, 2020.

 

Additionally, the PGA Board of Directors, during their meeting on March 3rd enacted several Governance actions regarding procedures and Bylaws, based on research and recommendations of the PGA Governance Task Force and PGA Board of Control.

Boundary Modifications:

The PGA Constitution, in ARTICLE III, SECTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION, Section 1, states:

“The Association shall designate geographical areas as may be determined from time to time, by the Board of Directors as “Sections” of the Association.  The geographical boundaries of a Section may be changed in accordance with procedures adopted by the Board from time to time.” 
The PGA Board of Directors adopted the following procedures regarding boundary changes:

Modification requests from 1 – 10 PGA-staffed facilities.
(a)    A Member with approval of the facility must request boundary change;
(b)    The request should be approved by the Owner, Club President or General Manager;
(c)    Both the Section in which the facility is located and the Section in which the facility wants to become a Member must approve the request; and
(d)    After the first three (3) steps are completed, the PGA Membership Department must approve the request.

Modification requests from more than 10 PGA-staffed facilities, and/or large geographical areas.
(a)    A Member with approval of the facility must request boundary change;
(b)    The request should be approved by the Owner, Club President or General Manager;
(c)    Both the Section in which the facility is located and the Section in which the facility wants to become a Member provide their recommendation and rationale for approval or denial of the request;
(d)    After the first three (3) steps are completed, the PGA Membership Department must approve the request; and
(e)    The Board of Directors shall make the final decision as to whether to approve or deny 
the request.

Section Formation:

The Governance Task Force also recommended the Board modify the minimum number of Members needed to petition to from a new Section. The Board made the following change in ARTICLE III, SECTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION, Section 2. Grant of Section Charters:

Previous: A charter may be granted by the Board of Directors to a Section only upon the organization of not less than fifty (50) Master Professionals and Class “A” Members (as defined by the Membership Matters) with respect to a geographic area which is not less than approximately 140 miles square, unless otherwise approved by two-thirds of the Directors present at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which there is a quorum (or by unanimous written consent) and the Section or Sections in which the proposed new Section resides, if any. The charter of a Section will be granted in the name approved by the Board of Directors. For the avoidance of doubt, each Section will be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in its state of domicile or another state, as reasonably determined by the Section. The organizational documents of the Section shall not be inconsistent or at variance with the charter granted by the Association, the Bylaws, the Regulations or any other applicable policies of the Association. The Board of Directors shall have the right to review the organizational documents of any Section to ensure compliance with the foregoing requirement.

Revised: A charter may be granted by the Board of Directors to a Section only upon the organization of not less than 450 Master Professionals and Class “A” Members (as defined by the Membership Matters). The charter of a Section will be granted in the name approved by the Board of Directors. For the avoidance of doubt, each Section will be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in its state of domicile or another state, as reasonably determined by the Section. The organizational documents of the Section shall not be inconsistent or at variance with the charter granted by the Association, the Bylaws, the Regulations or any other applicable policies of the Association. The Board of Directors shall have the right to review the organizational documents of any Section to ensure compliance with the foregoing requirement.

(Please note: This minimum number of Members does not apply to current Sections)

PGA Code of Ethics:

The PGA Board of Directors agreed with the Board of Control that time served, as opposed to the sentence, is a more accurate gauge of the severity of a felony conviction and made the following modification:

Previous: Conviction of any felony where the punishment of such a felony includes either/or (a) death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary or in a state correctional facility where the sentence includes imprisonment for one year or more and/or (b) payment of a fine or restitution of more than $2,500.

Revised: Conviction of any felony where the punishment of such a felony includes either/or (a) death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary or in a state correctional facility where the sentence includes actual time served for one year or more and/or (b) payment of a fine or restitution of more than $2,500.

Section Tournament Policy, Discipline, Penalties and Appeals:

The Board of Directors modified the definition of minor and major penalty for Section Tournament offenses as such:

Previous:
D. Classes of Penalties for Section Tournament Offenses
 
1. MINOR PENALTIES.
 
A Minor Penalty is a fine of not more than $150 and/or suspension from tournament play for two or less tournaments. A Minor Penalty may be imposed by the Section tournament officials responsible for the conduct of the tournament.
 
2. MAJOR PENALTIES.
 
A Major Penalty is a fine in excess of $150, suspension from tournament play for three or more tournaments, and/or permanent disbarment from Section tournament play.  

Revised:
D. Classes of Penalties for Section Tournament Offenses
 
1. MINOR PENALTIES.

A Minor Penalty is a fine of not more than $250 and/or suspension from tournament play for no more than six months. A Minor Penalty may be imposed by the Section tournament officials responsible for the conduct of the tournament.

2. MAJOR PENALTIES.

A Major Penalty is a fine in excess of $250, suspension from tournament play for more than six months, and/or permanent disbarment from Section tournament play.