After almost seven years in the role of Chairman of the Board of New Zealand Golf Philip Hassall has decided to stand down at the end of 2012.



He will remain on the Board as a Director until the end of his term, however the Board will elect a new Chairman to lead the organisation at their first meeting in 2013.


Mr. Hassall works as the Chief Executive of Midland Imaging Group Ltd and due to the demands of this expanding role and his family commitments he feels the time is right to step aside and allow another Director to lead the organisation.


“The challenges facing sporting organisation’s and golf especially mean the Chair position can be all consuming,” said Mr. Hassall.


“I informed the Board at the beginning of the year of my intention and they have been very supportive.”


Dean Murphy, the New Zealand Golf Chief Executive, said that Mr. Hassall has been a wonderful servant of the game of golf and he has a proud legacy to look back on as Chairman.


“Philip has been a great man to work with as the Chairman of the Board of New Zealand Golf,” said Murphy.


“His experience and knowledge of the game at all levels has made him a real asset to the Board of New Zealand Golf. He has been through some good and bad times with New Zealand Golf in the past seven years and has always been a leader for the organisation with sound decision making.


“It is great that this is not the end of Philip’s involvement with the Board. We are pleased that has agreed to complete his term as a Director.


“I’d like to personally thank him for the work he has done as the Chairman of the Board with New Zealand Golf and I hope this move enables him to reduce his work load.”


The proud Waikato man, who took great pride in the Chiefs winning the Super 15 this year, has been the Chairman of the Board for almost seven years since his appointment in 2006.


He has led the organisation through matters such as the Men’s and Women’s amalgamation in 2005, the New Zealand Open successfully moving from Gulf Harbour to The Hills and has been involved in the PGA Alignment and Administration Structure review.


Mr. Hassall has also has some challenging times to navigate New Zealand through including the losses generated by the New Zealand Open Championship, the relocation of the organisation from Wellington to Auckland, and the resignation of two Chief Executives.


He has been a key influencing figure in the Asia Pacific region and is held in high regard as a golf administrator.


He leaves the Chairman seat to a group of highly capable Directors who are overseeing a business that is going through enormous change.






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