Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Sandy Jones to be executive president of PGA

                                     PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS’ ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE
The PGA has ensured it will benefit from the extensive experience and knowledge Sandy Jones has acquired as its chief executive by offering him a role when he retires.
Scots-born Jones, pictured, who will be succeeded by Robert Maxfield following The PGA’s annual general meeting at the end of March, has been appointed executive president and will still be retained by the Association, albeit on a reduced basis.
As president of the Golf Foundation, chairman of the PGAs of Europe and The Ryder Cup Trust, Jones always planned to remain involved with the sport.
This latest appointment, however, adds up to an even busier retirement and Jones said: “I see this as an ambassadorial role and I am delighted to be asked."
The position will see Jones extending an association with The PGA which began in 1980 when he was appointed Scottish region secretary. During the decade he was there, Jones quadrupled the Tartan Tour’s prize money to just shy of £1m and developed the growth of The PGA in Scotland.
He became chief executive in December 1991 and during the subsequent 25 years The PGA has played a significant role in the development of the game, not just in Great Britain and Ireland but around the world. 
That is borne out by more than 1,400 of its almost 8,000 Members working in 79 countries worldwide.  
His initiative saw the creation at The Belfry of what has become The PGA National Training Academy and European Centre of Excellence for Golf.
This, in conjunction with the University of Birmingham, now offers a foundation degree in Professional Golf Studies and an honours degree in Applied Golf Management Studies.
In addition, a partnership with the University of Highlands and Islands offers an honours degree in Professional Golf and a diploma in Higher Education in Professional Golf.
More recently, a diploma in Golf Club Management in partnership with the Golf Course Managers’ Association (GCMA) and British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) was created.



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