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PGA Constitution, Bylaws & Code of Ethics

Constitution and Bylaws Revisions

The documents below provide you with information about the PGA’s Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Ethics and other Board policies that affect membership in the PGA of America.


The PGA Board of Directors made multiple Bylaw modifications during their meeting on January 25, 2019, including concepts related to the Governance Task Force recommendations which were presented and discussed during the 2018 Annual Meeting.

  • Extend the Validity of a Playing Ability Test (PAT) from Two (2) years to Eight (8) years (effective immediately).

The Board considered and passed a recommendation from the Membership and Employment Committees that the validity of a PAT Qualifying Score, and PAT passing score be modified from two years to eight years.  Therefore, one entering the PGA Professional Golf Management Program would need to have a PAT Qualifying or passing score that is within eight years of the matriculation date into the PGA Professional Golf Management Program.

  • Allow Collegiate Events to be used as a Playing Ability Test (PAT) (effective immediately).

The Board considered and passed a recommendation from the Membership and Employment Committees allowing scores from the first two competition rounds of a collegiate golf tournament (Division I, II, III and NAIA) be used to satisfy the 36-hole PGA Playing Ability Test (PAT) requirement.  Playing Ability Test validity would extend eight years past the date of passing.  Applicant would be responsible for submitting documentation of scores, yardage and course rating to verify Playing Ability Test eligibility, and all PGA minimum standards for the Playing Ability Test must be met.  This is consistent with what is allowed for the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship.

  • Addition of a PGA Member At-Large Director (effective immediately).

The Board considered and passed a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to add a PGA Member as an At-Large Director. 

  • Addition of an Independent Board Member (effective immediately).

The Board considered and passed a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to add an additional (third) Independent Director. 

  • Removal of the Prohibition on Independent Directors Serving Consecutive Terms (effective immediately).

The Board considered and passed a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to remove the prohibition on Independent Directors serving consecutive terms on the Board. 

  • Removal of the Honorary President as a Board Member (effective post the 2019 Annual Meeting).

The Board considered and passed a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to remove the Honorary President as a Board Member. 

The PGA Board of Directors will continue to review the Governance Task Force recommendations regarding the District Director Election at the March Planning Session, so please provide as much input and feedback as possible to your Section and National Leaders.