THE PGA of Australia’s is looking for a new CEO after news long serving incumbent Max Garske will step down when his current contract expires in the middle of next year.
Garske announced his retirement yesterday after almost three decades of leadership and achievement in the golf industry.
The PGA will commence its search for a new CEO immediately and will begin the recruitment process in the next few weeks.
Garske can be credited with leading the PGA’s growth from a business generating just over $3 million in 1988 and a staff of seven, to one of the leading sports administrative bodies in the country with turnover of $40 million a year with approximately 60 staff.
He will leave behind a rich legacy of accomplishments in the golf industry, particularly in professional golf.
His major achievements include leading the move for the amalgamation of the two professional administrative bodies the PGA of Australia and the PGA TOUR of Australasia in 2007.
One initiative that may be his greatest personal legacy is the success of the Holden Scramble.
The club based Pro-Am tournament introduced by Garske in1992 is by far Australia’s most successful Amateur-Professional tournament with over 750,000 participants having played to date.
In 2011 the Holden Scramble will mark its twentieth consecutive year and this iconic event is a benchmark on sponsorship success as Holden’s longest running non-motorsport sponsorship.
The re-establishment of the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum in Queensland is another highlight.
“It has been an exciting organisation to work for and I have enjoyed my time here immensely,” Garske said yesterday.
“Ultimately the true success of the organisation comes from the thousands of dedicated PGA Members who are actively helping to grow and service the sport passionately, not just within Australia, but worldwide.”