Browsing Golf Industry NewsVIEW ALL

Asian Golf Industry Federation Welcomes New Board Members

POSTED ON November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Industry stalwarts Laurie Walsh and Henrik Friis have been elected to the Board of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).

Walsh is the Golf Area Manager, Southeast Asia with Rain Bird International while Friis is Regional Director, Turf & Irrigation with Jebsen & Jessen Technology.

The appointments were confirmed at the AGIF’s Annual General Meeting at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, during which Richard Walne was re-elected as President and will serve a second two-year term.

“We’re delighted to welcome Laurie and Henrik to the AGIF’s Board of Directors,” said Walne. “Both have been outstanding supporters of the Federation and are widely respected within the golf industry in Asia.

“Their insights and wisdom will, I am sure, prove invaluable over the next two years as the AGIF continues to expand and extend its influence on the game in this part of the world.”

With a background in agronomy and golf course construction, Walsh has more than 30 years of experience in planning, designing, developing and constructing high-profile golf course projects internationally.

Prior to joining Rain Bird in mid-2016, he was Senior Design Associate with IMG, where he worked for many years in golf course design and development in the Asian region.

Henrik Friis

For his part, Friis has more than two decades of experience working with technical support and sales and management of companies selling capital equipment and services to the industry.

The last 19 years, he has worked in Asia. In his current role, his key responsibilities are managing Jebsen & Jessen’s activities in Southeast Asia and developing strategies for further developments in the region.

Rudy Anderson, President and CEO, Pacific Links International, will remain as Vice President of the AGIF.

Paul Burley, Senior Vice President and Global Head – IMG Golf Course Services – continues as Treasurer while Mick McLaughlin,

Commercial Head Turf, Landscape & Ornamentals Asia Pacific, Syngenta Asia-Pacific, stays on as Secretary.

Retaining his place on the Board is Bruce Williams of Brandt Consolidated and a Past President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, while Singapore Island Country Club’s Chris Gray returns to the Board after a one-year absence.

Standing down after completing their two-year terms are Troon International President Bruce Glasco and John Deere’s Sid Bardwell.

TPC Kuala Lumpur Chief Executive Steven Thielke, Riverside Golf Club General Manager Wee Peng Siong, Sentosa Golf Club General Manager Andy Johnston and Anchalica Boriraj, Business Development Manager – APAC, Ransomes Jacobsen, all have one more year to serve.

“We thank Bruce and Sid for their staunch support. We look forward to their continued input to the AGIF via our numerous committees,” said Walne, one of the original Board members when the AGIF was inaugurated in 2009.

For almost four decades, Walne has worked with The Toro Company, holding sales and marketing positions in Europe and the United States and, from 1991, within the Asia region.

He was based in Singapore for more than 10 years during this time, taking up his current role as Managing Director, Australia & Asia Pacific.

Additionally, Walne has acted as Chairman of the AGIF’s Education Committee.

British-born Walne, who was re-elected unopposed, took over the reins as President from Tim Trinka in 2016.

Walne said: “I’m honoured to continue in the role of President of the Asian Golf Industry Federation. Under the leadership of Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, and his team, the organisation has evolved and become an ever-more important player in the Asian golfing industry.

“With various exciting expansion plans in the pipeline, I’m confident that this upward trend will carry on with the AGIF’s influence as the umbrella organisation for the golf industry in this part of the world continuing to grow.”

A not-for-profit regional organisation, the AGIF has a distinguished member roster representing leaders in the Asian golf industry including golf course and club suppliers and professional support services, and golf course architects to golf real estate and development companies.

Walne said he is keen to see the AGIF continue to develop strong relationships with key global and regional golfing bodies.

“It is necessary for the AGIF to collaborate with established golf associations and organisations for the benefit of the Asian golf industry,” said Walne, pointing out that the tie-up with The R&A has made it possible to launch Asia’s first Certificate in Greenkeeping.

 

Share

Comments are closed.


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

Grow the Game Central Golf Recruitment Central Golf Marketing Central

Shortland Waters GG sold to retirement village developer for...

Shortland Waters Golf Club members say they feel “dudded”...

New report gives insight to millennial engagement in golf cl...

GolfWA identified some time ago that there was...

Troon adds Cape Wickham Golf Links to its portfolio...

Troon has announced today its latest collaboration with Cape Wickham Golf Links, Australia’s premier golfing destination on King Island off the north-west...

Longyard golf course development plans blocked by council...

TAMWORTH Regional Council has stopped a $6.25 million over-50s village from being built around the Longyard golf course. Councillors voted unanimously to...

SEEK: Inclusive Golf Coach – Empower Golf...

Part Time Position : Inclusive Golf Coach Empower Golf is Australia’s premier multi disability inclusive golf organisation, with it’s office located in...

Retirement village at Pakuranga Golf Course, NZ, will be fairway ...

Residents of a “boundaryless” retirement village to be built on the edge of an Auckland golf course will be able to stroll directly...

Suzy Whaley Elected 41st President of the PGA of America...

PGA Master Professional Suzy Whaley was elected the 41st President of the PGA of America today at the Association’s 102nd Annual...

Gary Player leads winners at 2018 World Golf Awards...

Golfing legend, Gary Player, was voted ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year’ at the 5th annual World Golf Awards. The...

Taipei Launch for New Asian Golf Industry Federation Event Format...

The Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) will unveil its new event format in Taipei next month. The AGIF is...

Asian Golf Industry Federation Welcomes New Board Members...

Industry stalwarts Laurie Walsh and Henrik Friis have been elected to the Board of the Asian Golf Industry Federation...

Norman urges synergy for Aus golf bodies...

Greg Norman believes the struggling Australian summer of golf won’t consistently attract the world’s best players until the sport’s...

Play nine-hole golf at the Adelaide Oval...

In an Australian first, the Adelaide Oval will be transformed into a nine-hole golf course a nine-hole putting course, a...