Changes at the top for PGA

David Murchie (pictured) is the new PGA chairman, succeeding Dr Phil Weaver OBE who steps down after 25 years in the role. Murchie is head professional at Crieff Golf Club in Perthshire and was elected at a board meeting on 4 April. To mark his long service, Dr Weaver was presented with a decanter and miniature Ryder Cup by PGA captain Neil Selwyn-Smith and also Life Membership of The PGA.

David Murchie joined the board in 2007 and celebrates his thirtieth season at Crieff this year where he started his PGA career as an assistant. He commented, “We all know there are a lot of challenges out there for members and I think a big part of the Association’s job is to support PGA Members in their jobs and careers and do the best we can for them. More and more of our members are moving into club management, clubs are under pressure and they know the pro can help them in all aspects of the job and I see that growing – it’s good for our members to get into that part of the job.”

Also joining the board are Moortown Golf Club’s Martin Heggie who replaces Royal Liverpool’s John Heggarty; Bush Hill Park’s Lee Fickling who takes over from Thorndon Park’s Brian White; and Northants County’s Tim Rouse who succeeds Dr Weaver.