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Outstanding Initial Speaker Lineup Announced for Confederation of Professional Golf Annual Congress3 min read

Posted on: 30th Oct 2012

Tony Jacklin, Ken Schofield, David Martin, and Niall Flanagan are just some of the top names that will speak at this year’s Confederation of Professional Golf Annual Congress supported by Glenmuir and the Associaçäo Turismo do Algarve, taking place at Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Ryder Cup and British golf legend Tony Jacklin will take centre stage in a Q&A where he will field questions from delegates about his record breaking tournament experiences, such as being the first Briton to win the US Open since Ted Ray, and captaining the 1985 European Ryder Cup team to their first victory since 1957, winning for the first time on American soil in 1987, and then the successful retention in 1989.

David Martin, Founder and President of Catalyst Branding, will speak on the findings and outcomes of his work undertaken with the PGA of GB&I, and how that could potentially be utilised by the other PGAs in his presentation. For 30 years, he has served clients across a diverse array of industries, lecturing and writing extensively on key subjects including; leveraging brands to manage demand, the new “relationship” brand, the role of the “source” brand, brand portfolio rationalisation, new trends in branding, brand delivery, employee engagement, customer experience and brand valuation as an ROI tool.

Confederation of Professional Golf board member and Former European Tour Chief Executive, Ken Schofield, who needs no introduction, will bring his incredible experience and knowledge about professional golf and specifically the Ryder Cup in his presentation entitled ’19 Ryder Cups and Counting’.

Niall Flanagan, Managing Director of Club Inc., Career Services Partners of the Confederation of Professional Golf, will present a seminar entitled ‘The Association needs you and you need your Association’, which will look at careers and the skills needed by professionals in advancing their own development.

The Annual Congress is an opportunity for the leaders of golf from across the continent to meet and discuss the state of play within their respective territories, as well as an opportunity to learn and share ideas with each other alongside fantastic speakers from not only the world of golf but wider industries as well.

This year the Congress moves a little way along the golden golfing coast from Vilamoura to Lagos, another equally attractive tourist location where all the events will take place. The Congress and Dinner will be at Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, where delegates will reside for the duration, while the International Team Championship (ITC) will take place at the nearby Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort.

“We’re very excited to have such a fantastic lineup of speakers presenting at the Congress, which we are currently in the process of adding to. Year on year the Congress provides our members, federations, and other stakeholders with a fantastic platform to get together and share good practice in the areas that affect their business, and learn from influential figures from the world of golf and industry,” said Chief Executive of the Confederation of Professional Golf, Ian Randell.

Further details on the Annual Congress will follow soon.


The Confederation of Professional Golf Annual Congress will run from 20-23 November 2012. For more information on Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, visit www.vilagale.co.uk.