Scott MacCallum, who was Editor of Greenkeeper International, the journal of the British International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) for 17 years, is to be the new Editor of Turf Pro magazine.
He will take over his new role with immediate effect, and will be at the helm for the next issue due for publication on 1 July.
Prior to joining Greenkeeper International, Scott worked on golfing titles such as Golf Monthly, Today’s Golfer and Championship Golf. He was also Director of Communications for the PGA European Tour based at Wentworth and acted as Press Officer at major events such as the Volvo PGA Championship and the World Cup of Golf. Scott has also been a member of the Association of Golf Writers since 1989.
He says, “I am delighted to be joining Turf Pro as Editor. It is a publication I have long admired, and am sure that by coming together with Chris Biddle and the rest of the talented team, who have built the title over the previous 15 years, we can look forward to an exciting future.
“Although I have been immersed in golf for over 25 years, I have a deep love and knowledge of many sports including (strangely for a Scot) cricket, football and have been a tortured supporter of the Scottish rugby team for many years. I look forward to meeting up with the many friends I have made from within the turfcare industry during my years at BIGGA.”
Since leaving BIGGA, Scott has also set up his own media agency, Straight Down the Middle Communications, handling writing and press work for clients, mainly in the turfcare industry.
As well as editing Turf Pro, Scott will be closely involved in the 2012 Turf Pro Awards (www.proawards.co.uk) to be presented at the Pro Awards Dinner at the Macdonald Savill Court Hotel, Windsor on 4 September 2012.
He will be joined by Mike Beardall, a former editor of The Groundsman magazine. Mike will become part of the judging panel for the Awards as well as contributing special features to Turf Pro in the coming months.
Chris Biddle, the publisher and founder of Turf Pro, sister title to Service Dealer magazine, says “I am delighted that Scott has accepted the challenge of editing Turf Pro, a magazine of which we are intensely proud, which I am sure will go from strength to strength in the coming months.”
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