As a member of the PGA of South Africa for over 25 years, I can honestly reflect on what has been an amazing journey. From humble beginnings as the Head Professional at Port Elizabeth Golf Club in the early nineties I decided to move to Pretoria as the Director of Golf at Centurion Country Club. As I was employed by Matkovich and Hayes Group at Centurion I was moved into the Turf division before joining www.18Global.com in the UK. On my return I worked closely with Dale Hayes Golf Events and then onto Woodhill Country Club as the Director of Golf. It was during this time that I was involved in the development and implementation of www.GolftimeSA.co.za and www.littlekidsgolf.co.za I reconnected with the Matkovich Group and we managed and consulted to a number of clubs in South Africa, this ultimately led to my role as the Managing Director of The Els Club Copperleaf before being appointed to the position of Director of Golf at the prestigious Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita. This proved to be a truly memorable experience and at the completion of my 3 year contract I returned to South Africa, where I am busy in a consultancy role to various golf businesses and am enjoying the challenges of building a small coffee business
I have had the honour of representing the PGA of South Africa at the European Team championships, with Phil Simmons and Teddy Webber. I’m currently sitting on the Board for a second term and have been part of and witnessed the revival of our organisation with a great team.
I have mentored and trained many young members and have been a willing ear for many PGA members looking for advice. I have derived the most sincere sense of pride seeing some of the younger PGA members who have become not only very competent, but proud members of the association.
Having the opportunity to present periodically on Super Golf has given me the chance to build the profile of members and in particular their teaching skills. Along with other PGA members we have had the opportunity to add some fun to this ever changing game and embrace the new cultures that share our passion.
Unfortunately – “The older I get the better I was!” has diminished my competitive ability, however I still love playing particularly with members and corporate guests and look forward to the various pro am’s that we are able to participate in. In recent times I managed to secure my Sunshine Tour SENIOR card and am really enjoying playing competitively again.
The most rewarding element of my role as a member of the PGA of SA has been the ability to raise money for so many people less fortunate than myself. During 2015 I created a Trust that has already generated a substantial amount of money for the furtherance of education for young people. Golf is the most powerful platform from which to assist the many worthy causes that we are faced with every day and as a result has created an undercover auctioneer.
I am eternally grateful to my Dad, Keith who introduced me to the game some 48 years ago and thankful to my beautiful wife Elri and sons Michael and Adam for their support and inspiration.