PGA of America Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Golf is a game for everyone. At the PGA of America, we strive to make golf welcoming and inclusive for everyone. Whether you want to play a round, hire a golf coach, attend a championship, work in the golf industry, or participate in the supply chain, we welcome you with open arms to this great game.

In 2014, PGA of America leadership positioned inclusion and diversity as core tenets of our long-term strategic plan, recognizing that we will be defined by how our commitment to inclusion and diversity resonates within the community. whole association, our programs and our practices. This commitment is vital to the health and relevance of our business and our ability to fulfill our mission to serve our members and grow the game. In order to attract more of the increasingly diverse population to the game, the golf industry workforce and supply chain, we need to become more inclusive in every way. We have made significant progress in embracing and leveraging inclusion, equity and diversity, with a particular focus on education and skills development, governance, workforce diversification workforce, supplier inclusion and community impact, but there is still work to be done.

Our goal is to create an environment where people of all backgrounds, identities and abilities can contribute to the PGA of America and the golf industry in general in meaningful ways and their differences make us stronger.

Education and skills development

We are committed to deepening the real understanding of inclusion, equity and diversity, and their business case, across the Association at the Chapter, Section and National levels. We provide extensive, instructor-led training at PGA Professional forums, PGA employee and leadership meetings, and golf industry events. We engage subject matter experts to help us develop training materials and digital resources to ensure our education and skills development content is contemporary and credible. Here are some examples :

  • The Make Golf Your Thing Education and Skills Development Task Force has rolled out educational content for golf industry organizations and their employees nationwide to elevate their collective skills.

Governance

We are committed to creating an environment, systems and structures that provide all PGA professionals and employees with the opportunity to develop, grow and lead. Conducting inclusion assessments in our National Section and PGA business operations allows us to identify gaps and create pathways to fill them. Diversifying the demographic makeup of National Committees and Sections of the Association, including Rules Committees, across the Dimensions of Difference is an area of ​​interest. We also continue to evaluate our national and chapter award criteria, as well as our volunteer leadership protocols, using an “inclusion lens” to evolve them accordingly through the leadership of our awards committee and our governance working group.

PGA LEADS

PGA LEAD was launched in 2016 and is designed to identify, develop and mentor PGA Members from diverse backgrounds as they take on leadership positions at the Chapter, Section and National levels of the Association. PGA LEAD helps build a portfolio of PGA members from diverse backgrounds who are better prepared to move up the governance ladder of the PGA of America. PGA LEAD also helps develop PGA members who want to serve and impact nonprofit boards within the communities where they work and live.

PGA LEAD Success Stories

There are countless success stories from PGA LEAD alumni and current cohort members, highlighted by three PGA Section Presidents, two PGA Section Secretaries, 22 PGA Section Board members and 19 members of PGA National Committees.

  • Erin Streick, PGA – Cohort II, Iowa Chapter President

  • Tom Son, PGA – Cohort VI, Southern California Chapter Board Member

  • Andre Pillow, PGA – Cohort III, Michigan Chapter At-Large Director

Workforce Diversification

We are committed to changing the demographic composition of the golf industry workforce; including PGA Members, Boards of Directors, senior management and employees at the National, Section and Chapter levels of the Association. Recruiting, developing, engaging and retaining diverse talent at all levels of the Association will help drive innovation and the achievement of our mission.

We also educate consumers who have historically been underrepresented in the golf workforce and in the game in general. We recognize the power of our strategic inclusion partnerships with individuals and organizations who believe in our commitment and are ready to take our message to their communities. We need to extend genuinely welcoming invitations and create clear and visible pathways in the business. Examples include Fairways to Leadership, Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute, Jopwell, Black Girls Golf, Sigma Pi Phi, Women in Golf Foundation, Latina Golfers Association and One Hundred Black Men of New York.

PGA Job Match

PGA JobMatch is an intentional effort to identify and invite talent from diverse backgrounds, identities and abilities to apply for a variety of part-time and full-time roles necessary to run the operations of our major championships. We partner with various talent and employment organizations in and around the host cities of these major spectator events, including temporary part-time and full-time jobs taking place before, during and after the event with the PGA of America and its main suppliers. (tier 1 suppliers).

Interested candidates should complete an examination registration form. Candidates who pass the pre-screening questionnaire will be contacted by the hiring manager of the appropriate PGA department or key supplier to discuss potential employment for each event.

Supplier inclusion

We are committed to including minority, women, LGBT, disabled, disabled and veteran-owned businesses in our bidding opportunities and business operations. Like workforce diversity, the inclusion of businesses owned by diverse interests helps spur creativity and innovation in pursuit of our mission.

Through strategic alliances with the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), the National Lesbian & Gay Chambers of Commerce (NGLCC), the Carolinas LGBT+ Chambers of Commerce, the United States Pan Asian American Chambers of Commerce (USPAACC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), we are successfully seeking potential vendors to include in our Tier 1 and Tier 2 tender opportunities.

We encourage vendors from various owners interested in partnering with the PGA of America and/or its major vendors to join our vendor database, as well as golf industry supplier database.

Check back regularly for updates on PGA VendorMatch. The application periods are from March to April, as well as from November to December.

Check back regularly for PGA JobMatch updates. The application periods are from March to April, as well as from November to December.

Community impact

We are committed to engaging underrepresented and under-resourced consumers in the game and ensuring that there are no real or perceived barriers to entry into the game. In our quest to foster a culture of inclusion in the game, we partner with those who champion DEI – golf organizations and facilities that have successfully demonstrated growth with diverse groups.
We also continue to support well-established, long-standing community programs that provide a clear path for those underrepresented in the game, including:

  • Black Girls Golf

  • Latin Golfers Association

  • LPGA/USGA Women’s Golf

  • Make Golf Your Thing (

    American Golf Industry Coalition)

  • National Alliance for Accessible Golf

  • One Hundred Black Men of New York

  • The first tee

  • United States Disabled Golfers Association

  • Women in Golf Foundation

As the PGA of America now calls Frisco, TX “home,” we are committed to engaging with the North Texas community and providing clear pathways to our programming as well as career and business opportunities. We have collaborated with a variety of diverse partner organizations including:

  • Collin College

  • Texas Communities Foundation

  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Frisco Chamber of Commerce

  • Frisco Independent School District

  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • North Texas Commission

  • North Texas Chamber of the Disabled

  • North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce

  • University of North Texas

  • Southwest Businesswomen’s Council

PGA cares

The PGA of America continues to provide engagement and volunteer opportunities to staff through the PGA Cares Employee Volunteer Program established in July 2021. Through this program, employees are granted 16 hours of Voluntary Time Off (VTO) to serve and have an impact in the communities where they live, work and play. Meaningful and diverse volunteer opportunities are offered to our employees at least quarterly. Employees are also equipped and encouraged to use the volunteer platform, VOMO, to research other ways and nonprofits to serve on an individual basis.

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