- the director of golf -
By: John Cockayne
Paul has been a fully qualified member of the PGA of South Africa since 1995. He was voted onto the board of the association in 2005, served as vice-chairperson until 2012 and has been the chairperson since 2013.
Since qualifying as a Class A professional, Paul has had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles, in both the golf equipment industry and at various golf clubs and golf estates. The latter has included terms as the head professional at Germiston Country Club and as the director of golf at Woodhill Residential Golf Estate. These appointments have enabled Paul to hone his golf management skills in the key areas required to manage a complete golf operation and where his management style has been particularly successful, especially in terms of his open door and transparent communications’ policy with his own staff, the clubs’ staff and the various committees, boards and management structures with which he has worked.
Apart from his management acumen, Paul is still professional golfer at heart and as a result this has seen him compete on the Sunshine Tour for seven years, top the PGA’s order of merit in 2006 and represent the PGA of South Africa in the international team’s championships in 2007 and 2008. To date he is also the youngest ever winner of the PGA’s coveted Professional of the Year award which he received in 2006. Playing opportunities have become more limited, as his management and club responsibilities have expanded, but he still has a keen interest in the playing side of the game.
Paul is passionate about the game of golf at all its levels and whatever role he has taken on, he has immediately involved himself in looking for opportunities to grow and develop the game. In many ways his career is a testament to this and the new PGA slogan “Touching Lives through the game of Golf”.
“I thrive on challenges in my working environment and I am already enjoying my role as the Director of Golf at Blair Atholl with all the wonderful facilities and elements which make up this magnificent golf estate”.