Singapore: Laguna National Golf & Country Club has welcomed Jack Wong into the fold as its new Golf Operations and Member Services Manager.
From caddie to coach and rules guru to tournament director, there are few areas in golf which Wong has not experienced during more than a decade in the industry.
A familiar figure on the Singapore golfing scene, Wong has seamlessly adapted to his new role at Laguna National, where he is heading up the Club’s golf operations team as well as the team at customer service.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock who is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and Indonesian, Wong joined Laguna National after two years at Keppel Club as Senior Executive (Golf Operations) and a four-year stint at Warren Golf & Country Club as Golf Manager.
“Jack brings an energy and passion for his work in golf that we know will have an impact both on our growing team and the experience being put forth to our members and guests,” said Mark Bates, Director of Golf Operations at Laguna National, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Prior to breaking into golf, Malaysian-born Wong’s working career began as General Manager at the Double Dragon Chinese Buffet Restaurant in America followed by a position as accountant at the Frank Fletcher Auto Group.
It was from 2006 to 2011 that Wong learned the golfing ropes at the Alotian Club in Arkansas. There, he performed caddying duties and worked on various charity tournaments involving golfing greats Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
He also qualified as a First Tee Coach, co-ordinating golf tournaments and outreach programmes and mentoring and coaching junior participants in life skills through the game of golf.
In 2013 he returned to Malaysia where he briefly held the position as General Manager at the Galax Garden Centre before resuming his golfing journey in Singapore, first at Keppel Club and then Warren.
An MBA degree coupled with a strong background in business marketing and financial management stood him in good stead at Warren, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day golf operations as well as preparing and managing event budgets, designing and creating attractive corporate golf event packages and conducting golf rules workshops.
“I’m delighted to join Laguna National at this exciting time for the Club,” said Wong. “I very much look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”