IAN BAKER-FINCH has been officially announced as Team Leader of Australia’s 2016 Olympic Golf Team.
The 53 year old British Open winner, respected golf commentator (and sometime PGA Legends Tour player) will be a popular choice to help guide Australia’s performance when golf returns to the Olympic Games in Rio.
Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia, said he was in full support of the appointment following the announcement by the AOC in Sydney.
Thorburn said the PGA had advocated for the move, citing Baker-Finch’s unwavering support of golf in Australia and his affinity with our top Professionals.
“While his record on the golf course is impressive enough, Ian continues to be active and well respected within the Australian and international golf communities and will be a valuable asset to work alongside our Professionals in the lead up to and during the Rio Olympics,” Thorburn said.
“Golf’s return to the Olympics is an opportunity for our game; an opportunity that we as an industry need to embrace.
“With it will come new prospects for growth at both a grass roots participation and elite level.
“I’m certain Ian will represent our game, the PGA and of course our country with the class for which he is renowned.”