PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- "Reaching Up, Reaching Out," a chronicle of PGA Professionals making an impact on the course and in their local communities, fill the script for the 2013 PGA of America Year in Review, as part of an hour-long feature debuting Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.
The program's second half-hour features "Ryder Cup - One Year to Go," a documentary that follows U.S. Captain Tom Watson and European Captain Paul McGinley's journey last September to Gleneagles, Scotland, site of the 40th Ryder Cup. The program will be re-aired Dec. 9, from 2:00-3:00 a.m., and Dec. 10, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Golf Channel has a viewership of 84 million domestic households.
The PGA of America is composed of 27,000 men and women professionals who serve as ambassadors to the 26 million Americans who play the game of golf. "Reaching Up, Reaching Out" features PGA Professionals Bob Beach, the 2013 Patriot Award recipient and PGA head professional at Braintree (Mass.) Municipal Golf Course; and Brad Parker of Mount Pleasant, S.C., the PGA general manager at Patriots Point Links. Beach was cited for exemplary support of active-duty and disabled veterans; while Parker's year-round commitment to Special Olympics includes a weekly clinic series and annual fundraiser and tournament.
PGA Professionals excellence on the course in 2013 includes Mark Mielke of East Norwich, N.Y., and Jeff Coston of Blaine, Wash., who shared Low PGA Club Professional honors in the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Bellerive Country Club near St. Louis. Rod Perry of Port Orange, Fla., the 2012 PGA Professional Player of the Year, captured the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship in June in Sunriver, Ore., and recounts his experiences in the showcase event for PGA Professionals. Perry later reminisces with PGA Honorary President and U.S. Captain Allen Wronowksi on America's retaining the PGA Cup last September near Hexham, England.
The "PGA of America Year in Review" also features Frank Bensel of Purchase, N.Y., the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Champion; and focuses on The PGA's effort to leave a legacy in host communities beyond its Championship visits. In St. Louis, youth benefit from the support of baseball icon Ozzie Smith and the Gateway PGA Foundation. In Rochester, N.Y., a collaborative effort between the PGA of America Spouses, the PGA Tour Wives Association and Habitat for Humanity, culminated in a young family securing a new home.
Perhaps few previews whet a Ryder Cup fan's appetite quite like "One Year to Go," as Captains Watson and McGinley board a steam train from Edinburgh to Gleneagles, join schoolchildren on the PGA Centenary Course; hold a "fireside chat" at Perth Concert Hall; launch the Ryder Cup Educational Resource and conduct a joint news conference. For more information about The PGA of America, visit www.pgamediacenter.com