Sandy Jones is stepping down as Chief Executive of the PGA. His role has been taken over by the eminently capable Robert Maxfield after a useful transition period..
Dear Industry Colleague,
Two Strong Men Step Back
Sandy Jones is stepping down as Chief Executive of the PGA. His role has been taken over by the eminently capable Robert Maxfield after a useful transition period. Sandy has had a powerful impact on the PGA, golf professionals and golfers across Europe and beyond, who all have much to thank him for over the last 20 plus years. He has strengthened the Association and burnished the brand of what it means to be a PGA professional. Under his guidance he has made sure that training and qualifications are to the fore of our profession, and therefore the standards that we expect are of the highest order. This has built the reputation of the PGA into the strongest brand in golf, but it has not been easy: he has often faced criticism over the years from myself as well as others.
But to be a strong leader, you have to confront issues that others may prefer to duck. No one gets everything right, but Sandy has got most things right.
It is also a good thing that he is now going to continue with a role behind the scenes; it is important that his experience is not lost to the Association even though Rob will now be at the helm. Some may consider that he will continue to call the shots, but knowing both Rob and Sandy as I do, I am certain that Rob will provide the leadership, yet still be able to seek Sandy’s experience and guidance when he needs it.
Colin Mayes was the founding Chairman of the United Kingdom Golf Course Owners’ Association (UKGCOA) and has spent much time in helping the Association emerge as one of the prominent forces in British golf today. Creating a new entity is not easy, especially when the existing bodies are not so keen to share power, responsibility and funds. His role as chairman has now been taken over by Richard Haygarth from Mapleleaf Golf, and Colin is stepping into the newly created position as President of the Association. A strong UKGCOA is vital for the golf industry, as more than 50% of golf facilities are from the ‘owned’ sector, and these businesses have a slightly different agenda to the rest of the golf world. In addition, almost all of the growth in golf will come from the proprietary sector. Richard and Colin will continue to work in harmony to ensure that golf has a bright future and that those involved in the running of facilities of all types are much more in control of the future direction of sport that we love so much.
There are testing times ahead for golf and we need the best minds and the strongest leadership to guide us through the coming years. Sandy and Colin have done much for their respective associations and will continue to play a strong part in the future development of golf. Congratulations to them both.
Colin Jenkins (proud member of both the PGA and the UKGCOA)
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