TPC Kuala Lumpur’s Mohd Nizam Oth­man be­comes first Malaysian recog­nised as a Cer­ti­fied Golf Course Su­per­in­ten­dent (CGCS) by the Golf Course Su­per­in­ten­dents As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica (GCSAA)

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With more than 20 years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, 44-yearold Mohd Nizam re­ceived the award in Fe­bru­ary in Florida.

The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion came less than a year af­ter he at­tained his Class-A qual­i­fi­ca­tion with the same as­so­ci­a­tion.

The CGCS qual­i­fi­ca­tion is the most widely recog­nised in the golf in­dus­try and the high­est level of recog­ni­tion that can be achieved by a green keeper.

Ap­prox­i­mately 25% of GCSAA Class ‘A’ mem­bers are Cer­ti­fied Golf Course Su­per­in­ten­dents.

There are a to­tal of 1,800 CGCS pro­fes­sion­als, mostly based in the US.

Nizam com­pleted an ex­ten­sive course that cov­ers the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal as­pects of golf course man­age­ment.

Af­ter a thor­ough se­lec­tion process, less than 50 can­di­dates were se­lected for the fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions in San An­to­nio, Texas.

“It is a great hon­our and I feel re­ally proud as the first and only Cer­ti­fied Golf Course Su­per­in­ten­dent in Malaysia. Af­ter hav­ing gone through rig­or­ous course work, nu­mer­ous as­sign­ments and trav­el­ling to and from the United States, it is def­i­nitely worth­while for my pro­fes­sional ca­reer,” said Nizam.

Apart from learn­ing more about course con­di­tions and rules of golf, Mohd Nizam had to fa­mil­iarise him­self with Health & Safety reg­u­la­tions and poli­cies on pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

He also had to prove he is ca­pa­ble of man­ag­ing golf course fi­nances and its fleet of ma­chin­ery. An­other cru­cial re­quire­ment was to pass strin­gent tests con­ducted by GCSAA on golf course main­te­nance.

The GCSC is not only an ex­cep­tional achieve­ment for Nizam but also for TPC Kuala Lumpur which main­tains its East and West cour­ses in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion in spite of er­ratic weather – hot and sunny dur­ing the day and thun­der storms to­wards the even­ing.

TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East Course hosts the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event, while the West Course hosts the US PGA TOUR via the CIMB Clas­sic, in ad­di­tion to an av­er­age of 50,000 mem­ber rounds TPC Kuala Lumpur ac­com­mo­dates an­nu­ally.

“With this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, I am able to fur­ther en­hance my com­pe­ten­cies, knowl­edge and share them for the ben­e­fit of my team mem­bers. Spe­cial thanks to my beloved wife, Sham­si­nar and my CEO Steven Thielke who is also my men­tor and a great in­spi­ra­tion,” Nizam said.

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