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SANDY JONES CAREER PROFILE
As a hobby between 1970 and 1980 he worked in his local club committee before being asked in 1974 to join the Executive Committee of the Lanarkshire Golf Association. In 1978 he was President of this Association during its Silver Jubilee Year and to this date is still the youngest ever President of any County Association in Scotland.
In 1980 Sandy joined as staff of the Professional Golfer’s Association in a full time capacity of secretary to the PGA in Scotland and held this post until 1991 when he was invited to be the Chief Executive of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland based at their Belfry headquarters.
He has been involved in the Ryder Cup since the early 1980’s working closely with Tony Jacklin in 1987 at Muirfield Village when the European Team successfully won the match for the first time ever on American soil. He holds various posts within the world of golf, such as Chairman of the PGAs of Europe. A Ryder Cup Board Member for 20 years, he was heavily involved in the awarding of the match to Scotland in 2014. He is now a leading Executive in the newly formed PGA World Alliance and a major influence in the ongoing development of the professional game throughout the world. It was Sandy’s vision in 1992 that reorganized the PGA training programme and built the education facility and team which now delivers what is universally recognized as the best education programme within the world of golf.
In 2007 Sandy was voted by a leading American golf magazine to be the 13th most influential person in the world of golf, an outstanding accolade.
In 2008 he was awarded the Gold Medal from the Spanish Golf Federation for services to golf in Europe. Past winners of this award have included Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Michael Bonallack.
In 2009 he was recognized by The University of Birmingham by being awarded an Honorary Doctorate for outstanding services to sport and golf.
Sandy became a Member of the British Institute of Management in April 1984 and was admitted as a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in December 2006, which is the highest category of membership within the Institute.
The Golf Foundation is delighted to announce that PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones has accepted the golf charity’s invitation to become its next President, assuming the role in April, 2016.
Sandy Jones will succeed Colin Montgomerie as President of the nationally recognised golf charity which makes golf and its benefits available to young people, and helps them to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport.
Since 2011, the Golf Foundation’s ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ programme has given a first introduction to golf to more than 2.5 million young people across the United Kingdom. Higher numbers of club junior members are being created each year through this strategy, which at all times aims to offer children the ‘Skills for Life’ benefits associated with the game. It is hoped that Sandy Jones’s influence will help the charity maintain this positive momentum at club and community level to reach ambitious targets from now to 2018.
Charles Harrison, Chairman of the Golf Foundation, said: “The Golf Foundation’s Trustees all believe that Sandy Jones will make an excellent President of our charity, following in the great footsteps of Colin Montgomerie, and before him, Ken Schofield and Bernard Gallacher.
“Sandy is one of the best connected and most respected figures in all of golf, and we are delighted he will be our new President.”
Charles added: “Sandy’s unrivalled experience and knowledge of all stages of golf development will be of great help in further developing our close relationships with PGA Professionals as we work together to grow junior membership and retention levels in our golf clubs.”