New boss hails golf club vision
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
Shake on it Brian Wesencraft (right) welcomes Steven Morgan