Haigh to Present at GCAA National Convention
NORMAN, Okla. – Kerry Haigh, one of the Game’s foremost experts on golf course setup and tournament operations, will present at the GCAA and national convention held Dec. 7-9 in Las Vegas.
Haigh is the Chief Championships Officer for the PGA of America. He is responsible for the overall operation, administration, golf course set-up of the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Ryder Cup and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. His other responsibilities include the managing of over 20 other PGA Club Professional, amateur and junior tournaments for the PGA of America throughout the year.
“Many of our GCAA member coaches organize, administer, and officiate tournaments throughout the year,” said GCAA President Conrad Ray. “It is a demanding job where experience comes in handy. We are excited and thankful that Kerry Haigh has agreed to share his expertise in this area for our betterment. Our hope is that convention attendees will find this presentation very helpful.”
Haigh was born in Doncaster, England, and played golf to a scratch handicap at age 17 before concentrating on golf administration as a career.
Following college at the University of Leeds, Haigh worked for the Professional Golfers’ Association in Great Britain, organizing events throughout Europe for four years (1981-1984). In 1984 he was hired by the LPGA as a Tournament Official for the LPGA Tour (1984-1988) and worked over 30 tournaments a year. In 1988 he was hired by Kemper Sports to be the Tournament Director for the 1989 PGA Championship held at Kemper Lakes in Chicago.
Following the 1989 PGA Championship Haigh was hired by the PGA of America to oversee the entire Championship Department of the PGA of America. He was promoted to Managing Director in 2004.
Haigh is married to former LPGA player, Denise Strebig and has two daughters, Judy and Maggi.