Today the PGA of America is divided up into 41 geographical areas. Each of these Sections conduct playing opportunities for PGA members, associates, and amateur golfers, while providing support for its local golf professionals. Each Section also holds business meetings and continuing educational programs for its members and apprentices and assists in the fulfillment of the PGA of America's mission of growing the game of golf.
The PGA of America was comprised of seven Sections in April 1916 - Central, Metropolitan, Middle States, New England, North & South Pacific, Northwest & Southwest and Southeastern.
The Middle States Section, which was headquartered in Illinois, included: Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Toronto, Canada (The PGA of Canada was founded in 1911).
In 1921, The PGA of America decided to break up the original seven Sections and form individual Sections based on geographical locations. The Middle States Section became the Illinois PGA.
The Middle States Section was renamed the Illinois Section when the other states and Toronto were split off in 1921.
Today, the Illinois PGA is comprised of 617 PGA members and 218 associates working at over 319 facilities. The Illinois PGA conducts over 70 tournaments annually for its members and apprentices, the largest being the Illinois Open Championship. For over 50 years, the Illinois Open has showcased competition between the finest amateurs and professionals in the “State Championship of Illinois Golf.”
THE MISSION OF THE ILLINOIS SECTION PGA is to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to its member golf professionals in the area of competition, employment and education.
THE VISION OF THE ILLINOIS SECTION PGA is to empower its members to be the leaders and recognized experts in the game and business of golf. To fulfill this vision, we will work in cooperation with the PGA of America and all allied golf associations in Illinois to:
Promote and grow the game of golf
Enhance the skill sets of our professionals
Enhance our Association’s philanthropic outreach initiatives through the Illinois PGA Foundation