Who Does What in Canadian Golf


Below is a list of the various national golf bodies and their respective roles.
Canadian Professional Golfers Association (CPGA)
Candian Professional GolfersThe Canadian Professional Golfers' Association is a membership based non-profit organization representing over 3,000 club professionals and tournament professionals across Canada. The Association was founded in 1911, which makes it the oldest professional golf association in North America.
Among the events conducted by the Canadian PGA are the national Club Pro Championship, the national Assistants Championship and the Whirlpool Canadian PGA Womens Championship. The mens Samsung Canadian PGA Championship is an event on the U.S. BUY.COM Tour.
Each province or region also has a local PGA zone office.

Canadian Professional Golf Tour (Canadian Tour)
Canadian Tour-LargeThe Canadian Tour is the mens professional golf tour in Canada. The Canadian Tour has about 200 members from every continent. The Canadian Tour was developed by Canadas touring professionals in the mid-1980s. The goal of the tour is to expose young Canadian professionals to top international competition. The Tour incorporated in 1989 as a not-for-profit association and is fully owned by its member players. Graduates of the Canadian Tour include PGA Tour winners Mike Weir, David Morland IV, Ian Leggatt, Steve Stricker and Notah Begay III. The Canadian Tour is an associate member of the International Federation of PGA Tours and its official-money events are included on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA)
Royal Canadian Golf Association RCGAThe Royal Canadian Golf Association was established in 1895 and is the governing body of men's amateur golf in Canada. Its mandate is to work with the provincial golf associations and member clubs to foster the growth and development of golf. The RCGA conducts 10 national championships through the season for its members, including the Canadian Amateur Championship. The RCGA organizes three professional tournaments: The Bell Canadian Open, the AT&T Canada Senior Open and the Bank of Montreal Canadian Womens Open. The RCGA also works with the international golf community to develop and oversee the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status services, handicapping and course ratings in Canada.
Each province also has an amateur association which governs play and conducts tournaments.

Canadian Ladies Golf Association (CLGA)
Canadian Ladies Golf Association CLGAFormed in 1913, the Canadian Ladies Golf Association is the governing body of ladies amateur golf in Canada. The CLGA is a non-profit organization and a registered charity. The CLGA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing all provinces. The CLGA administers: Rules of Golf; National and Provincial Training Programs; Handicapping and Course Rating; National Championships including the Canadian Ladies Amateur Championship; Amateur Status and Player Development.

National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA)
National Golf Course Owners Assoc. Canada NGCOAThe National Golf Course Owners Association Canada is a not-for-profit trade association owned and governed by its members (more than 750). The NGCOA provides Canadian golf course operators with business support for more efficient and profitable golf facilities. Among its many activities, the NGCOA Canada represents the interests of members to legislators, regulators, suppliers, the media and the public.

Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA)
Canadian Junior Golf Association CJGAThe Canadian Junior Golf Association is a not-for-profit 'registered Canadian amateur athletic association' (RCAAA) with Revenue Canada. The main objective of the CJGA is to provide junior golfers with high-level competition, teaching, and an introduction to the amateur and professional golf scene. Established in 1994, the Canadian Junior Golf Association aims to give junior golfers in Canada an opportunity to develop their competitive skills. The Canadian Junior Golf Association conducts two tours under its umbrella - The CJGA Buick Junior Golf Tour and the CJGA Buick Intermediate Golf Tour.