Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Shona's task is to find Tartan Tour sponsors, 

including one for the Northern Open

Prestwick's Shona Malcolm has told
Nick Rodger, golfwriter of the "Herald" newspaper, that it was the right time to move on from the Ladies Golf Union (where she was the chief executive) can only do so much in onc place and  you end up beating your head off a brick wall."
Ms Malcolm was recently appointed secretary of the PGA in Scotland - the first woman to hold the post - to succeed Brian Mair who moved on after two years to join the Scottish Golf Union commercial staff.
An important part of her remit at the Gleneagles HQ of the PGA in Scotland is to find sponsors for Tartan Tour events - the Northern Open, first played in 1933, is a Scottish "major" lacking one.
But Shona is also keen the make the PGA members who spend most of their time in their club shops feel that they are just as important to the organisation as the full-time playing pros who make the headlines.
"Golf is changing. You always have to remember the historical background. It was single gender but we are moving forward. We shouldn't be talkng about gender now ... it's all about who is the best person for the job.
"I don't think we'll see a Scottish Golf Federation (an amalgamation of the amateur and professional bodies) but you never say never.
"Despite all the stuff you read in the media golf is quite an inclusive game and we are all involved for the right reasons."