Head Office Staff
Ivano Ficalbi - Chief Executive
Joined the PGA in 2001 as an apprentice and was based at Woodhill Golf Club. In 2003 Ivano joined Kevin Stone at Centurion Golf Club and soon completed his PGA Apprentice Academic Programme. Ivano a fully qualified professional became the Head Professional at Mabalingwe G.C in 2003 and then at Pretoria Country Club. Ivano extended his role in the golfing environment and began his own company FORE Golf Event Management and entered into a merger with Dale Hayes Golf Events.
Andrew Gunn - Education & Training Manager
Andrew Gunn has been involved in the golf world all his life. A keen golfer at school, he qualified as a school teacher and taught English. He has held a tour card, played on the winter tour in its early years and completed his PGA of SA apprenticeship at Royal Jhb Golf Club. He coached and ran a small shop at Olivedale Driving range, for 6 years was the Secretary General of the PGA when the Club Pro Division split from the Tour Division of the PGA, coached golf in Germany and was Director of Golf at Royal Jhb + Kensington Golf Club for 7 years.
Tracey Marais – Membership & Events Manager
Tracey Marais started her career in the banking industry working for Nedbank. Then decided to spread her wings and went overseas to Au Pair in Holland. She so enjoyed working with children that she decided to open her own day care centre. After 5 years she opted to change her career completely by joining Dale Hayes Golf Events where she worked as an event co-ordinator for over 8 years. Tracey has joined the PGA to run the event side and assist with the administration.
Lauren Nolte – Digital communications and marketing manager
Originally from Cape Town, Lauren started her working career at the Erinvale Golf Club. After 6 years she moved to the Steenberg Golf Club. After leaving Steenberg, Lauren moved into the adventure tourism industry and spent 5 years in the position of office manager, personal assistant to the owner and guide for Extreme Scene Adventures and Tours. Looking to get back into the golfing industry, Lauren has joined the PGA team as personal assistant to Ivano Ficalbi.
Karen Fourie - Accounts Manager
I am member of the PGA family since 01st November 2016. I am employed at the PGA as the accounts manager.
Reneé van Castricum – Education and Training Administrator
Reneé has extensive experience in the Administration and Education sector, and has worked with several diverse personalities and demonstrates strong Public Relations skills. She has been a PA-Administrator with Anglo Platinum for over 21 years. She has for many years assisted and taught Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) within the workplace, as well as in less advantaged communities. She holds several diplomas, and is busy studying at present towards her NQF Levels in realty. Although new to the golfing industry we believe she has a lot to offer the Association.
Loraine Miller – Membership Relationship Manager KZN & PGA Partners program administrator
Loraine comes from an administration and event management background. She has worked within the golf industry since 2004 when she was employed as a full time staff member by Matkovich and Hayes Golf Course Design and Construction as the Secretary to the Golf Course Architect, Peter Matkovich and Personal Assistant to the CEO, Andy Bean. Other responsibilities included Office administration and Events Management. Prior to that she worked in the hospitality industry for several years. Her responsibilities included managing guest relations, front of desk administration, conferences and wedding functions. She has been employed by the PGA on a part time basis to do the administration for the KZN region since February 2011.
Adrienne Thorne – Membership Relationship Manager Western Cape
Adrienne turned professional in 1981 and left for the UK in 1986 to complete the PGA training in England. Returning to SA in 1996, she joined the PGA of SA. She was elected to the WP PGA Committee in 1998 and spent 13 years on the committee, 10 of those as Chairperson and 4 years on the Board of the PGA. She has been on the full time PGA staff since March 2011 and is the Regional Administrator for the Western Province region.
Lindy Murray - Membership Relationship Manager – Southern and Eastern Cape
I have been involved with the Southern Cape Golf Union since 2010, initially as the Junior Golf Co-ordination and subsequently Golf Co-coordinator inclusive of ladies, seniors and open amateur tournaments and leagues. I am the regional administrator for the Southern and Eastern Cape PGA division and am based in George.
Byron Nel – Membership Relationship Manager Gauteng North
I am 28 years old and have been a member of the PGA of SA for over 7 years and currently hold the classification status of AAA.
I started playing golf when I was 14 yrs old. Career Highlights include: Hole-in-one at Waterkloof Golf Club’s 17th Hole in 2008 and part of the winning team for the annual University Championships in 2009 & 2010 (Represented TUT).
Other hobbies include: Enduro Motocross riding, surfing, hockey, cricket and kickboxing. I love to keep active and enjoy being outdoors.
Favorite Golf Courses include: Highland Gate Golf Estate, Durban Country Club & Serengeti Golf Estate.
I am extremely passionate about the game of golf as well as helping others. I am in the very fortunate position to be able to help others improve their golf games on a daily basis.
I find it tremendously rewarding when my juniors and clients get the satisfaction and enjoyment out of the game as much as I do. I am really thankful and appreciative to be able to live my dream every day.
Paul Nalana – Membership Relationship Manager Gauteng Central
My name is Rudzani Paul Nalana. I am a 25-year-old male from Pimville zone4 Soweto. I attended my primary at Eldocrest primary school then proceeded to John Orr technical high school.
I started playing golf at the age of 11 years when I was in grade 6. I joined the SAGDB and played most of my golf through the organization. Within the SAGDB I participated in the following tournaments. International school golf challenge, Foundation tournaments, Glacia tournaments etc.
In 2013, I received an opportunity to study for a diploma in club professional golfing. The course took me 3 years to finish.
In April 2017, I received an employment opportunity at the wanderers golf club pro shop. I worked at the wanderers pro shop under the golf director named Francois Spangenberg.
I worked for a period of 4 months from April to July performing all the duties relating to the pro shop such as golf bookings, sales, club repairs, check ins, competition books and etc.
I have just recently been employed by the PGA of South Africa as the member relations manager for central Gauteng.