Browsing Golf Industry NewsVIEW ALL

PGA appoints Kirkman new CEO

POSTED ON March 6, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

The PGA of Australia announced today that Gavin Kirkman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. 

Peter O’Malley, Chairman of the PGA Board highlighted this appointment as particularly noteworthy as Gavin Kirkman comes from within golfing’s and the organisation’s ranks. Gavin is a long serving PGA employee having been CEO of PGA Queensland from 2002 – 2007 and the PGA’s National Chief Membership Officer for the past six years.

“Gavin is a long term, dedicated and highly regarded PGA executive who understands all aspects of the game and who we appointed as Interim Joint CEO in January this year with Stuart Hergt, PGA CFO, who is an integral part of the association and assumes his current role on the senior executive team with added responsibilities.

“Gavin and this new leadership team represents great continuity, industry knowledge and experience which is critical to delivering to the membership strong playing, employment and business outcomes,” Peter O’Malley said.

“Gavin has a highly regarded reputation and is known throughout the industry for his focus on people and his passion for the game. He will be a champion of teamwork and partnership. His undoubted open style and capability in engaging with all the stakeholders in golf will be critical to the success of the game in Australia into the future.” O’Malley said.

Commenting on his appointment Gavin said, “It is an honour and privilege to lead the PGA, an organisation with a rich history and legacy dating back to 1911.”

“Australian golf on the world stage is celebrating great success and we can be very proud of the achievements of our current touring professionals who are making news every day.

“My intention is to continue to develop opportunities for these members and drive a tournament and event strategy that ensures confidence across government and commercial sectors in the best interests of our partners, our professionals and the game here and overseas,” Kirkman said.

“I am very excited to be in a position to truly make a difference by supporting and building programs for the unsung heroes of the Game, the Vocational Professionals, who work tirelessly across the country and behind the scenes every day to keep this great game great. These members are small business owners, employees and trainees who are the face of the game and critical to growing participation through national collaborative programs, in providing education and in the day to day commerce of the industry.” he said.

“I am committed to building a culture at the PGA that engenders trust, progress and collaboration at every level.”

Gavin has great knowledge of the game and the industry. He has worked in golf since 1985 across all areas with the past 20 years in senior management roles covering facility and club management, event and commercial management, member services and development, government relations, governance and sports administration. Gavin’s past experience includes senior executive roles with globally recognised companies, Panasonic, Club Corp, Morgan Stanley and most recently, RACV.

Gavin’s appointment comes following the successful completion by Brian Thorburn of his two three year contracted terms last month.

Comments are closed.


CLICK HERE TO Sign Up for the GIC Newsletter for all the latest Industry News.

Please enter your details:

I am interested in:

  • News
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment / Jobs
  • Grow the Game
Golf Industry Central Grow the Game Central Golf Recruitment Central Golf Operations Central

Australian Golf Industry Council release golf impact finding...

The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) has launched...

120 Bed Resort for Kalgoorlie Golf Course...

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has reached a Memorandum...

Women of Newcastle GC play on Saturday for first time in 112...

For these women, teeing off on a Saturday...

World-class golf course and residential development planned for C...

Golfer’s Paradise Planned for Highlands A world-class golf course and residential development are in the pipeline for Cromwell. Since it opened in...

Tapping into Central Otago market might save Oreti Sands, Turner ...

Greg Turner is urging the wider Southland community to look at all potential ways to tap into a booming Central Otago golf...

SEEKING: Operations Assistant – Moore Park Golf...

Clublinks is one of Australia’s leading golf, leisure and residential service providers, through the provision of specialist services and industry expertise Clublinks...

Australian Golf Industry Council release golf impact findings...

The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) has launched The Community Impact of Golf in Australia Report 2017. It is widely recognised that...

SEEKING: Pastry Sous Chef – Royal Sydney Golf Club...

If you’re looking for a full time role with a strong reputation, the opportunity to develop and the chance...

Growing Golf in the UK report puts focus on women and juniors...

Golf at Goodwood has a long history. The first course on the Estate was laid down in 1892 by...

AGIF Summit Spotlight Falls on Growing Female Participation in Go...

‘Growing Female Participation in Golf’ will be the theme at next week’s Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF)-organised Club Management...

Agronomy Gurus Primed for AGIF’s Malaysian Turfgrass Management...

Agronomy experts Bruce Williams and Jordan Fairweather head the line-up of speakers for the third Golf Course Superintendents Association...

Great Golf Course Architects – Alex Russell, by Neil Crafte...

Courtesy of the Golf Architecture Magazine ‘A hole is not worth a damn if no one comments on it...

Trio split 1 Million Qantas Points

Australian PGA Professionals Terry Pilkadaris, Adrian Percey and PGA Trainee Professional Frazer Droop are flying high after sharing one...