Carnoustie, Scotland: Paul Gibbons has attained the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland’s highest honour – the status of Master Professional.
Kuala Lumpur-based Gibbons has joined a distinguished band that includes the late John Jacobs as PGA Master Professionals. He was presented with commemorative plaque by PGA Captain John Heggarty at Carnoustie on the eve of last month’s Open Championship.
Gibbons joined the association in 1982. After serving as an assistant under the stewardship of Nicky Lumb at Bristol’s Filton Golf Club, he knew his passion lay abroad and in wholesale and retail.
“I was always looking to do a deal rather than standing on the range teaching,” he said. “The diversification that brand development, wholesale and retail offered was both exciting and challenging, which required travel and interaction, both of which I love.”
A five-year spell at OLCO Sportbedarf, Heidelberg, Germany followed but it is Southeast Asia where Gibbons has made his mark, now serving as Managing Director at MST Golf, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to have travelled extensively and engaged with many talented people,” he added. “I hope to continue helping guide and influence others within the golf and sports industry, challenging themselves to their full potential.”
The PGA of Great Britain and Ireland is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
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