London, England: Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) Board Member Paul Burley has been awarded PGA Master Professional status.
Burley has joined a distinguished band that includes the late John Jacobs and Pete Cowen, coach of several Major winners, including Henrik Stenson.
He was presented with a commemorative plaque recognising his status by PGA Captain John Heggarty during the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
“It’s a great honour to me to add my name to a distinguished list,” said Burley, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Golf Course Services for IMG, an Executive Member of the AGIF.
Burley added: “I wouldn’t have achieved what I have without The PGA.
“I’ve always tried to hire PGA pros whenever possible – they understand the business and development of golf better than anybody else.
“I’m proud to say that many of the guys who worked with me at Turnberry have gone on to have great success in their careers.
“Having the PGA brand associated with me in my role has been hugely important.”
Since spending two years as a player on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, Burley has been involved with the business and management side of golf clubs and resorts, notably with IMG.
He was head-hunted by them in 1996 and appointed Director of Operations for Asia and Australia.
He followed that by becoming Director of Golf at Turnberry, a role which saw him managing 10 PGA pros.
Subsequently, he returned to the IMG fold and moved to Singapore.
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