ProAm Events was founded by a PGA professional to cater to PGA professionals and their members. Since 2000, we have hosted premier golf events for groups at the world’s most desirable destinations. And we continue to create and innovate to bring you, your golf professional and friends the ultimate golfing experiences.
Jason Ainsworth, Owner
Jason R. Ainsworth is the owner of Global Golf Events, LLC (GGE), the company which operates all of ProAm Events outstanding golf events. ProAm Events has been operating world class golf events for more than 20 years and was purchased by Jason in June 2018. As an avid competitive amateur golfer, Jason has worked to build a team of outstanding PGA, Event Planning and Marketing professionals to offer Incredible Golf Experiences at Amazing Destinations worldwide.
Prior to acquiring ProAm Events (GGE), Jason spent over 20yrs in the asset management and securities industry. Most recently serving on the Operating Committee of Neuberger Berman as Managing Director and Head of US Intermediary. His National Sales experience with Neuberger Berman, Van Kampen Funds & Trevor Stewart Burton & Jacobsen provided Jason the opportunity to travel throughout the US, enjoying Top Golf & Top Resorts, while living in New York, Chicago, Boston & Dallas. Jason earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas A&M University.
Diane Ngu, Event Coordinator
Diane serves as Event Coordinator for Pro-Am Events. In this role, she manages the full range of event responsibilities and assists each event participant in achieving the best experience including hospitality, accommodations, dining and concierge services. Prior to this role, she spent over ten years at Neuberger Berman as an administrative coordinator, supporting the Head of US Intermediaries, and was the event coordinator for all national conferences. She also has private banking experiences with J.P. Morgan. Diane earned her BBA in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy and BA in Psychology from Southern Methodist University.
Arthur Simmons, Chief Marketing Officer
Art brings over 30 years experience in Marketing, Advertising and Design to the ProAm team. His training is in Advertising, having graduated from SMU with a graduate degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.
Art served as VP, Creative Director for three worldwide advertising agencies. He supervised creative for a wide variety of consumer and business accounts-among them American Airlines, Coca Cola, Exxon, Beechcraft, Cessna, Holiday Inn Worldwide, and Zales.
He co-owned and served as Chairman of HarrisonSimmons, a Texas-based Advertising agency.
He has won creative awards in all major creative competitions for the past 30 years.
He serves as ProAm Events Chief Marketing Officer and oversees marketing communications for our brands.
We have two types of ProAms:
ProAm Pro+ Event
Professional + designated amateurs
Professional assembles the team
Professional players play for a Professional purse, while amateurs team with the professional and play for a team prize.
Professional players at these events pay nothing to play if they stay with another team member. If they choose a single room, they pay extra for that, and they pay for a guest if they choose to bring one.
An example of pricing for a ProAm Pro+ Event:
Professional entry $ 0 (if staying in double occupancy with a team member)
Amateur entry (double occupancy) $4,795.
Single room +1,200
Non playing guest +1,500
The Amateur entry fee partly offsets the professional costs, so professionals play free.
ProAm Destination Event
Teams of 4 or 5 (depending on course)
May include a professional, or may be all amateurs.
All players pay the same rate. Team members may choose to contribute to professional entry fee if they include a professional player, but the same rate applies to each player.
Destination events are priced lower because the pro portion is not distributed to each amateur.
There is NO professional purse
Everyone plays according to the Tournament format rules. Pros scores are included for the team at net—no handicapping.
An example for pricing for the SAME event as above, but as a ProAm Destination event:
Professional entry $3,795
Amateur (per player-double occupancy) $3,795
Single room +1,200
Non playing guest +1,500
Our Policy for Play
Our Policy for Play – Men
Our ProAm policy for all players is designed for maximum enjoyment and equality in competition.
ProAm Events policy uses the Rule of 70 & 85 for all Amateurs (combined Age + Handicap Index).
Rule of 70 play from one tee forward of the Tournament tees, and the Rule of 85 will play from the Forward Tees.
Tournament play for Amatuer Men will be from the following distances (at sea level equivalents):
Tournament Tees – 6700-6300 yds
Rule of 70 Tees – 6300-5800 yds
Rule of 85 Tees – 5800-5400 yds
Professionals – 7200-6700 yds
Professionals (50 & up) – 6700-6300 yds
Professionals – 6300-5800 yds
Amateurs – 5800-5400 yds
To allow for improved pace of play and enjoyment of players, tees will be adjusted forward based on course difficulty.