Royal Liverpool head PGA Professional John Heggarty has been named PGA Captain-elect. The 56 year old will take over the role when Nicky Lumb, who takes over from Neil Selwyn-Smith next year, completes his two year office in 2017.
It caps a memorable year for Heggarty with Hoylake having hosted the Open Championship earlier in the summer. He became head pro at Hoylake at aged just 23 and has served on PGA committees at county, regional and national level including two decades on the PGA board of directors.
He admitted the call from PGA chief executive Sandy Jones had come out of the blue. “I was quietly getting on with my life, we’d had the Open this year which was pretty full on and I’d just started settling down and then I got the phone call from Sandy. It was both a surprise and something that didn’t take me long to accept,” said Heggarty, who is a PGA Master Professional.
“I have been privileged to represent the members of Royal Liverpool as their professional for over 30 years and to now have the opportunity to represent the members of The Professional Golfers’ Association of Great Britain & Ireland is a wonderful honour having been closely involved with The PGA for an awful lot of years. Ultimately when you become captain of The PGA you are treading in the footsteps of PGA Professionals that are names from the history of the game so it is a tremendous honour.”