Monday, January 19, 2009

Eddie Bullock named PGA Captain-elect

to succeed Jim Farmer from 2011-2013

The man who oversaw the addition of the Marquess Course at Woburn has been named PGA captain elect. Eddie Bullock, a PGA Advanced Fellow, will officially take on the role in April with a view to being PGA Captain from 2011-13.
He will succeed Jim Farmer, who takes over the captaincy from Parnell Reilly, again in April.
The 58-year-old admitted to being ‘overwhelmed’ at being chosen by his peers to take on such a prestigious role which has being held by such luminaries as James Braid, J H Taylor, Harry Vardon, Henry Cotton, Max Faulkner and Peter Alliss.
Bullock, who began his career in 1971 as an assistant to Hedley Muscroft at Roundhay Municipal Golf Course in Leeds, said: “I got a call from Sandy Jones [PGA chief executive] and he told me he’d been trying to get hold of me as he wanted to ask me something. He said the board had unanimously selected me to be captain from 2011-13.“They had looked at my commitment and contribution to the golf industry and felt I ticked all the right boxes.
“I said I’d ring back in 24 hours as I thought I was dreaming. But I was delighted to accept the role and honoured by the fact that my fellow professionals offered me the position.
“I’m very proud of my association with the PGA, it has stood me in good stead. Without it I would have not got anywhere near achieving what I have.”
Bullock is one of the new breed of PGA professionals that has carved out a career by moving into the realms of golf club management.
From Roundhay he took his first club professional job in 1977 at Bedford & County Golf Club. Bullock served the club for 21 years, including 10 years as general manager. He then moved to Woburn, one of the country’s most prestigious venues, as managing director.
He now draws on his vast experience as a consultant in the golf industry and is currently attached to West Sussex’s Cowdray Park.
He is also a member of the Golf Club Managers’ Association and the British Golf Collectors Association.
Bullock is also on the Golf Foundation’s board of trustees and key advocate for the advancement of golf among all walks of society.
These are the attributes that singled him out for selection, according to Jones, who welcomed Bullock’s acceptance.
“Eddie brings wide and valued experience from not only golf but associated business skills from the golf world,” he said.“We’re fortunate that he will now bring all these skills and abilities to the Association at a time when the PGA is driving forward with the PGA brand and also in the areas of education and golf management.
“In addition, Eddie is an excellent people person which will serve him superbly as an ambassador of the PGA both in the UK and Ireland as well as around the world.”



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