On the back of two of the most successful years in the history of the TGI Golf Partnership, new chairman Paul McEvoy has vowed to continue the group’s sustained growth and profitability following his appointment.
The Clitheroe-based Pro was named chairman of golf’s leading retail services group, owned by PGA Professionals, at the company’s AGM held in Harrogate during The Golf Show.
The 41-year-old, who joined TGI Golf in 2001, takes over from Cawder’s Gordon Stewart, who during his three-year spell oversaw substantial growth within the group in terms of Partners and profits, which were shared equally among its 450-plus Partners across the UK and Ireland.
“I’m incredibly excited to be taking over from Gordon during such exciting times for TGI Golf,” said McEvoy. “Over the last few years our industry has changed and as a group TGI Golf has assisted PGA Professionals to adapt, and excel, through those changes.
“I have learnt a lot from Gordon over his time as chairman and hope that he, along with the exceptionally strong board of directors, will support me throughout my time.”
Reflecting on his own time as chairman, Gordon Stewart added: “When I set out I went into it thinking ‘Am I going to enjoy these years? What can I expect? Am I going to be good at this?’ But it has been exceptional and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We have continued to grow the group year-on-year, which is reflected in the fact that our share price has increased 180% in 10 years.
“There have of course been challenging times, but with the support of a strong board and the first class staff at TGI Golf it’s been incredible. We’re all proud to be Partners of TGI Golf, the group gets better and better each year. It gives me a great sense of achievement to have been a big part of the growth over these years, and I look forward to working with Paul and continuing this work into the future.”
During the company’s AGM it was also announced that Lurgan PGA Professional and former PGA Board member Peter Hanna would be joining the board of directors, replacing another ex-chairman Ian Muir, who has stepped down.
Hanna’s appointment reflects the high numbers of Irish PGA Professionals now within TGI Golf – in fact in excess of 25% of the field at the recent Irish PGA Championship were TGI Golf Partners.
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