HIGHLY respected professional golfer and industry figure Peter O’Malley has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PGA of Australia.
In a statement the PGA announced today that effective immediately O’Malley would replace renowned PGA Professional and businessman Mark Gibson, who stepped down after successfully serving two full terms as the Chairman of the organisation over the past six years.
O’Malley, who is currently playing on the European Senior Tour, has been an esteemed member of the PGA Tour of Australasia since 1987 and a member of the Board since 2010.
Throughout his career O’Malley has competed all over the world; highlights include wins on the European Tour at the 1992 Scottish Open, the 1995 International Open and 2001 English Open.
On his home Tour, O’Malley’s victories have include the 1995 New Zealand Open, 1998 Canon Challenge, 2002 Clearwater Classic, 2005 New Zealand Open Championship and 2010 New South Wales Open.
Widely respected for both his playing prowess and approachable demeanour, O’Malley’s appointment as Chairman was unanimous and strongly supported by his fellow PGA Professionals.
“I am incredibly proud to be a PGA Professional so to be Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PGA is an honour,” said O’Malley.
“Guiding the PGA and ensuring the long term health of the Australian golf industry is a responsibility I do not take on lightly.”
“I have been afforded many great opportunities over the years and by serving on the Board, now as Chairman, I hope I can continue contributing to a positive future for PGA Professionals and can give a little back to the broader industry.”
O’Malley also extended his gratitude to outgoing Chairman Mark Gibson.
“Throughout his career Mark has been instrumental in growing the game, particularly at his home base on the Gold Coast,” said O’Malley.
“Over the past six years he has guided the PGA through a large period of change. Through his Chairmanship Mark has given back to our game and industry in many ways and the Board, PGA management and his fellow Professionals are very grateful for his service.”
Joining the PGA of Australia Board of Directors in the position vacated by Gibson, is Bruce Green, the Head Professional at Royal Melbourne.
Appointed as Deputy Chairman, the position previously held by O’Malley, is Dave Stretton who joined the Board in 2016.
The PGA Board is made up of eight Directors.
Comprising Member Directors Peter O’Malley (Chairman), Dave Stretton (Deputy Chairman), Michael Long and Bruce Green, while James Erskine, Richard Lazar, Richard Allely and Brad Gale serve as Independent Directors.
ASG spoke with O’Malley last year at the Richmond Golf Club in western Sydney while he was playing on the PGA Legends Tour. We wrote this article that helps illustrate just a short segment of what has been a long and distinguished career.