New boss hails golf club vi­sion

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Blair­gowrie Golf Club has ap­pointed Steven Mor­gan as man­ag­ing sec­re­tary.

Steven (31), who hails from Auchter­arder, fol­lows in the foot­steps of Dougie Clee­ton, who re­cently left for the Brunts­field Links Golf­ing So­ci­ety.

Steven, a one-time Perth and Kin­ross County and Scot­land squad player and qual­i­fied PGA pro­fes­sional, brings over a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence to the club.

He has held se­nior man­age­ment roles at venues around the globe, in­clud­ing Yas Links in Abu Dhabi and Nir­wana Bali Golf Club in In­done­sia.

Most re­cently Steven, who was in­spired to pur­sue a ca­reer in golf af­ter a sum­mer job at the Gle­nea­gles golf shop fol­low­ing his days at Auchter­arder High School, was part of IMG’s cor­po­rate man­age­ment team based in London.

He said: “I left Perthshire for Turn­berry and a role as as­sis­tant pro in my teens so it is good to be com­ing home.”

His ca­reer with Leisurecorp saw him as­signed to the Jack Nick­laus-de­signed Pearl Valley course near Cape Town, set­ting up the acad­emy and tu­ition pro­grammes, be­fore he se­cured his Sun­shine Tour card in South Africa.

he said” “While I got my card, I re­alised that fin­ish­ing 52nd meant I wasn’t go­ing to chal­lenge Tiger Woods any time soon so I jumped at the chance to be­come head pro at Yas Links in Abu Dhabi be­fore it opened.

“Then it was on to Bali in a direc­tor of golf role be­fore be­ing based in London.”

He plans to work closely with the Blair­gowrie com­mit­tee to ac­ti­vate a number of strate­gic ini­tia­tives which have been for­mu­lated for the 2017 season.

Club cap­tain Brian Wes­en­craft said: “These are ex­cit­ing times for the club and Steven brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in golf at home and abroad to the post.”

Steven said: “It was the com­mit­tee’s cre­ative vi­sion and am­bi­tion for devel­op­ing a very suc­cess­ful golf club that re­ally at­tracted to me the role.

“The club has long been re­garded as one of the best in­land golf venues in the coun­try. I still re­mem­ber the thrill of com­ing to play here when I was a county player.

“We will look to build on this won­der­ful rep­u­ta­tion and en­sure that we are recog­nised as the top club in the area to be a mem­ber.

“The club has al­ready launched a number of flex­i­ble mem­ber­ship op­tions which have been prov­ing hugely pop­u­lar.

“The team here are also putting the fi­nal touches to two re­designed holes on the sig­na­ture Rose­mount course and there is plenty in the way of pos­i­tive mo­men­tum at the club.

“Be­ing a mem­ber of a golf club en­cour­ages an emo­tional at­tach­ment and our task is to con­tinue en­hanc­ing the mem­ber­ship ex­pe­ri­ence here and of­fer­ing vis­i­tors an op­por­tu­nity to play some of the best cour­ses in Scot­land.”

We will look to en­sure that we are recog­nised as the top club in the area to be a mem­ber of

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Shake on it Brian Wes­en­craft (right) wel­comes Steven Mor­gan

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