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Canadian PGA and Golf Canada encourage golfers to TEE IT FORWARD

National golf bodies show support of program encouraging golfers to play tees best suited to their abilities

With a goal of improving Canadian golfers’ overall enjoyment of the game, the Canadian PGA and Golf Canada are supporting the new TEE IT FORWARD initiative.

TEE IT FORWARD is aimed at helping golfers have the best possible experience on the golf course by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities. The initiative encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

Canadian PGA Chief Executive Officer Gary Bernard believes that the 3,700 Canadian PGA professionals across the country can play an important role in communicating the benefits of TEE IT FORWARD to members and public golfers that play at their respective courses.

”We support TEE IT FORWARD and encourage our members to promote and embrace the program,” said Bernard. “The program has so many benefits but most importantly it makes the game more enjoyable for all. Together with Golf Canada we look forward to seeing this exciting program grow and develop across Canada.”

By supporting the TEE IT FORWARD concept, Golf Canada and the Canadian PGA believe that encouraging golfers to select a course length in line with their abilities can speed up play, improve course playability and increase overall player enjoyment.

“TEE IT FORWARD as a suggested guideline for golfers to play the tees that best match up with their abilities simply makes sense,” said Scott Simmons, Executive Director and CEO, Golf Canada. “Playing the most appropriate yardages goes a long way to improving golfer’s overall enjoyment on the course. We are thrilled to partner with the Canadian PGA by showing our support for this terrific initiative that we feel can have so many positive impacts on our sport.”

The following are TEE IT FORWARD guidelines for selecting tees and recommended yardages based on a golfer’s average driving distance:

Driver Distance Recommended Yardages

275 yards 6,700 - 6,900 yards

250 yards 6,200 - 6,400 yards

225 yards 5,800 - 6,000 yards

200 yards 5,200 - 5,400 yards

175 yards 4,400 - 4,600 yards

150 yards 3,500 - 3,700 yards

125 yards 2,800 - 3,000 yards

100 yards 2,100 - 2,300 yards

As partners in support of TEE IT FORWARD, Golf Canada and the Canadian PGA will target their respective memberships to engage facility support while also generating program awareness and adoption among consumers.

The Canadian PGA will encourage its members to introduce and communicate the TEE IT FORWARD campaign at their respective facilities. As well, Golf Canada will promote TEE IT FORWARD to its membership base of close to 350,000 golfers at nearly 1,500 member clubs as well as public golfers across the country through various communications channels.

Published on Friday, Jul. 08, 2011 12:55PM EDT Last updated on Friday, Jul. 08, 2011 01:04PM EDT