Big new changes on TGI board

Huddersfield Golf Club’s Alex Keighley has created history by becoming the first female PGA Professional to sit on the board of the TGI Golf Partnership.

The 34-year-old former Ladies European Tour member is one of two changes to the board decided at the group’s AGM on October 7, as TGI Golf looks to the new breed of PGA Professionals.

Also becoming a director is 31-year-old Paisley Pro Andy Carlton (pictured above with Keighley), who was the group’s youngest ever Partner of the Year when he won the coveted award in 2013, the same year that Keighley was voted Newcomer of the Year.

TGI Golf Chairman Paul McEvoy welcomed the new additions to the board of directors, which is made up predominately of PGA Professionals.

He said: “The role of the PGA Professional has changed dramatically over the last few years and both Alex and Andy have been at the forefront of a new breed of PGA Pro. They both have great qualities and desire in their own businesses and I have no doubt they will be great assets to the board.

“TGI Golf has always been a forward thinking organisation and by introducing an element of youth to the board of directors we believe we’ll continue to move forward and help PGA Professionals from all backgrounds to strive.”

“It is a real honour to join the board and I’m looking forward to working closely with my fellow board members and everyone involved in the group,” added Alex Keighley. “Throughout my career I’ve often been the ‘first lady’ to do this or that, and it’s always a nice feeling. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring a new perspective to the discussions and decisions made.”

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