PGA debuts SkyCaddie yardages in national events

30 April 2021

A landmark moment for British golf occurred in yesterday’s PGA qualifier at Moor Park.

For the first time, the PGA set its pin locations using SkyCaddie’s on-foot mapping yardage information, producing the tournament’s pin sheets with SkyCaddie’s help.

And competitors were able to download the event’s exact pin positions onto their SkyCaddies, adding distances to the pin to the already-comprehensive SkyCaddie GPS data for every hole.

The event was the East qualifier for the 2021 PGA Professional Championship, played on the High Course at Moor Park GC in Rickmansworth, ultimately won by Felixstowe Ferry’s Andrew Robinson with a 67.

The PGA have used SkyCaddie mapping data for the SkyCaddie PGA Pro-Captain Challenge for the last few seasons, but yesterday’s event broke new ground for the PGA’s national event schedule.

SkyCaddie yardages, pin sheets and downloads will be used in all PGA national events in 2021, including the six remaining PGA Professional Championship qualifiers plus the Final at Blairgowrie in June.

The Legends Tour successfully trialled a similar system in autumn 2019, using SkyCaddie ground-mapped data to set pin positions and create pin sheets in the three-event MCB Tour Championship staged in Madagascar, the Seychelles and Mauritius. With the 2020 Legends Tour scheduled ruled out during the pandemic, SkyCaddie yardages will be used for the full Legends Tour season in 2021.

PGA Professionals can buy their SkyCaddie SX500 or SX400 GPS rangefinders at special Personal Use Device prices by enquiring at sales@skycaddiegps.co.uk, or by calling 01844 396360.

“If you are playing in any PGA national event this year, you’ll find that a SkyCaddie loaded with Pin Positions is far more powerful than a laser plus yardage book could ever be” said SkyCaddie’s James Holmes.

“Just call us and we’ll send you one in time for your next event!”

SkyCaddie has already re-mapped or updated course data for every venue which hosts a PGA national event in 2021, so competitors can be sure of yardages to all hazards, run-outs, carries fairway positions and pin positions on every hole they play.

For all SkyCaddie information see www.skycaddie.co.uk.

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