Billy Dettlaff

Golf Author / Historian / International Lecturer - PGA Master Professional #57

Selected Works

Sports History - Golf
The most definitive history on the golf profession ever written featured on 696 pages with over 120 biographies and profiles supported by 335 historic images.
Golf History
A study of the golf profession focusing on biographies of the men and women who have helped build the game in America over the past 100 years.
Golf History
A look at the first 25 years of THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass

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PGA of America: The Official Centennial Commemorative Book - Celebrating The History of the Golf Professional - Honoring the Past & Inspiring the Future

Edited by John Steinbreder

Introduction by Jack Nicklaus with Afterward by Annika Sorenstam

No other game engenders so much passion as golf, and no golfers are as passionate about the game as the dedicated men and women of the PGA of America.
In recognition of the Association’s centennial anniversary, this special edition coffee table book chronicles and celebrates the history of the golf professional, past and present.
Exhaustively researched and featuring photos from the very first meeting organized by PGA visionary Rodman Wanamaker, this volume spans centuries and oceans—from the first golf professional, Allan Robertson in St. Andrews, Scotland, to today and the 28,000 members that make the PGA of America the largest working sports organization in the world.
Touring pros play in the limelight, but few would be where they are today without the teaching pros who committed their life’s work to educating golfers, honoring the game’s traditions, preserving the etiquette, and instilling a love of golf that crosses generations, genders, races, and skill levels.
On the 100th birthday of the PGA of America, this distinctive keepsake book is a heartfelt thank you gift from everyone who loves the game of golf to those that love it enough to make it their legacy.