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Sydney, Australia, March 21, 2022 – The Oceania Golf Players Association (OGPA), the players’ association for professional tour golfers, today announced that it has received legal permission from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to collectively bargain with The Professional Golfers Association of Australia Limited (PGA), the Women’s Professional Golf Australasia (WPGA), and all bodies corporate related to the PGA and WPGA.
This ruling represents a watershed moment, making the OGPA the first professional golf players’ association to receive legal rights to collectively bargain with a professional sporting association.
“Since the OGPA’s inception, our mission has been to unite and advocate for better working conditions, greater transparency, and more direct involvement in the tours these players are participating in,” said Joseph C Sponholz, Chairman of the Board at OGPA. “We are thrilled to be officially recognised as the first professional golf players’ association in history to receive collective bargaining rights, and we look forward to collaborating with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Women’s PGA Tour of Australasia to represent the players’ interests, and to ensure the continued success of professional golf.”
You can find the ACCC Notice giving permission here.
You can find the link to the Golf Australia Magazine article on this announcement here.
If you are a professional golfer in Oceania who wants to be part of the bargaining group, and you are eligible to join the OGPA, you can join here.
If you want to become a Patron of the OGPA and support the players and our mission, you can do that here.
Finally, make sure to follow us on social media for the latest information and updates at:
Instagram – @theogpa
Twitter – @the_ogpa