Collaboration will focus on information, education and growth of golf.

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (JUNE 3, 2019) – Texas Golf Insider magazine and the Southern Texas PGA have agreed on a media partnership in which the popular print and online publication will feature content developed and sponsored by the organization of golf professionals.

The landmark agreement – reached recently between TGI publisher Mike Ratchman and the board of directors of the Southern Texas PGA as represented by Thomas Hutton, its executive director – aims to help grow the game of golf through information, instruction, and education.

Texas Golf Insider magazine, The Official Guide to Golf in Texas, is celebrating its 20th  anniversary this year as the go-to publication for golf course news and travel from the Lone Star State as well as travel features from around the nation. 

Ratchman, the magazine’s owner and founder, was recognized in 2015 with the Media/Public Relations Award from the Southern Texas PGA for Texas Golf Insider’s lasting and continuing contributions to the game.

“I love what the Southern Texas PGA does for golfers in our region, and I’m really excited to work with the section to promote their programs and help grow the game,” Ratchman said. “It’s all about getting people out to play, and this is another tool we can use to do that. We’ve worked together for a long time already, but this is a dedicated step up in our mutually beneficial endeavors and our focus.”

TGI also offers golfers a weekly television broadcast on Facebook Live every Thursday night, and  a radio show on ESPN San Antonio (local 1250 AM/94.5 FM, national-ESPNSA.com) each Saturday morning and an app that allows access to golf courses, country clubs, practice facilities, resorts, and restaurants with just a touch of a button.

The Southern Texas Section of the PGA of America is comprised of more than 800 golf professionals representing in excess of 200 facilities in South Texas. The Section’s geographic area includes Beaumont, Houston, Bryan-College Station, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley.

“We are all about golf and we want to help our PGA members that are working day in and day out to grow the game,” Hutton said. “Our members are the tangible connection to the amateur golfer in our sections on a daily basis. This partnership allows us to reach more players and educate them about the roles of their PGA professionals and about the programs and tournaments we offer.”

​The purpose of the PGA of America is to promote enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. 

The PGA accomplishes that mission by enhancing the skills of its professionals and the opportunities for amateurs, employers, manufacturers, and the general public. In so doing, the PGA elevates the standards of the professional golfer’s vocation, enhances the economic well-being of the individual member, stimulates interest in the game of golf, and promotes the overall vitality of the game.

For more information, contact Ratchman at [email protected]or at 830-964-2152. 

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