Faldo Heads PGA Conference Line-Up at Laguna Golf Phuket

13 October 2017

Phuket, Thailand: Six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo will be a keynote speaker at the first PGA Members’ International Conference. 

The conference will be staged from November 5-8 at Laguna Golf Phuket, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).

It will bring together PGA Members and delegates from across the globe to Laguna Phuket Resort, one of Asia’s premier fully integrated resort destinations.

PGA Professionals of Great Britain & Ireland are world renowned, as evidenced by the fact it has over 1,500 members working in 81 overseas locations across the globe.

The conference will represent an opportunity for PGA members to access an exceptional educational event which centres on sharing experience and learning from respected experts in their field.

A host of leading figures from the golf industry will share their experiences and provide networking opportunities at Laguna Golf Phuket’s state-of-the-art golf academy, which officially became the first PGA branded facility in Thailand this year.

Sir Nick will hold a Q&A session and deliver a TrackMan clinic aided by Thomas Tontapanish, the company’s representative in Southeast Asia.

Other speakers include PGA Master Professional Paul Burley, Senior Vice President and Global Head of IMG Golf Course Services, an Executive Member of the AGIF.

As well as discussing pressing issues facing the industry, Burley will share the knowledge he has gleaned from being a key player in club management at a variety of high end facilities worldwide.

Junior coaching will be the topic of discussion for Michael Dickie, the head coach of China’s Olympic golf team, while Neil Plimmer, founder of The Junior Golf Alliance, will look into different ways in which coaches can deliver golf to children in a fun and engaging manner.

The event will also give PGA Members an insight into potential careers abroad and allow those already working outside the United Kingdom to share their thoughts on the association and its future.

Robert Maxfield, the association’s new Chief Executive, will be in attendance and the event will conclude with a golf tournament and a prize giving ceremony.

Maxfield said: “We are delighted our first overseas PGA Members’ International Conference will be hosted in Asia and in particular at Laguna Phuket, one of the region’s finest resort destinations, and now a recognised PGA branded facility.

“Asia continues to be an important market for The PGA and its Members who have been working there to develop golf for many years.

“Gathering PGA Members together at this conference, we aim to share knowledge and good practice from some excellent speakers which will ultimately help them develop in their current roles.

“The conference will also allow us to engage face to face with our Members in the region and see how we can support them into the future. I am very much looking forward to welcoming them to what promises to be an excellent event.”

Paul Wilson, Assistant Vice President, Group Golf Director, Laguna Golf, said: “We are honoured to have Sir Nick Faldo as our Laguna Golf Ambassador. Our team at Laguna Golf is proud to have the association with Sir Nick and we all look forward to welcoming him back to Phuket next month.”