Jupiter, Florida, United States: The Toro Company and Troon Golf will be represented on the National Golf Foundation (NGF) Board of Directors.
The NGF said the appointment of four new Board members serves to ‘embody the NGF’s unique standing as the only trade organisation that works with every sector within the golf industry’.
New to the NGF’s diverse board in 2018 are:
Annika Sorenstam – President/CEO of the ANNIKA Foundation and brand of businesses
John K. Solheim – President of PING
Tim Schantz – President of Troon Golf
Brad Hamilton – Group Vice President, Commercial and International, of The Toro Company
Toro and Troon are Executive Members of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
PGA Tour Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan was elected as Chairman of the NGF’s Board of Directors at the organisation’s latest Board meeting.
Sullivan is the first executive from the golf retail side of the industry to hold the position in the NGF’s 82-year history. TaylorMade Golf CEO and President David Abeles was elected as Vice Chairman, with Golf Tourism Solutions President Bill Golden appointed as Secretary/Treasurer.
The NGF’s Board of Directors has long been comprised of leaders from various sectors of the industry. The new additions – representing an equipment manufacturer, a course management business and a turf and course supplier, along with one of the most accomplished women’s golfers in history – further reflects that diversity, which brings broad perspective to the organisation’s efforts to foster the growth and vitality of the game and the business of golf.
Sorenstam is widely regarded as the best female golfer of all-time, amassing 89 worldwide professional wins – including 10 Major titles – during her 15-year Hall of Fame playing career. In 2007, she created the ANNIKA Foundation, which provides golf opportunities at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition.
As President and CEO of ANNIKA, Club 59, Inc, she oversees a variety of businesses that include a high-end women’s apparel partnership with Cutter & Buck, a growing course design company and a signature series of ultra-premium wines.
Solheim is the President of PING, which was founded by his grandfather, Karsten Solheim. After starting at the company as a design engineer and project manager, he became VP of Engineering and in 2011 was named President of PING Golf Japan, where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s business in Japan and Asia. In 2017, he took over his current position overseeing PING’s global efforts.
Schantz is the President of Troon Golf, the world’s largest manager of golf and club operations. He has over 25 years of experience specialising in corporate and real estate transactions, with the last two decades focused on the golf and leisure sector. Schantz has been with Troon since 1998 and helps to guide all aspects of the company’s general matters and strategy.
Hamilton, who first joined The Toro Company in 1988 as a marketing intern, was appointed Group Vice President for Commercial and International last November. Previously, he held multiple executive positions in Toro’s commercial division as well as management roles for the company – a leading worldwide provider of turf, landscape and construction equipment – in distributor development, financial services and marketing.
The other members of the NGF board include former First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow Jr, Callaway President and CEO Chip Brewer and NGF President and CEO Joe Beditz.
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