Long named to replace Parry on PGA board

His honesty and professionalism has long made former Kiwi Michael Long one of the most respected professionals in Australia.

Now based in Perth, where he is the general manager of Hillview Golf Course, a 27-hole facility located in the Perth foothills, Long has been appointed to the board of the PGA of Australia.

Michael Long Michael Long (Credit: Anthony Powter)

He replaces fellow tournament professional Craig Parry, who has stepped down from the board after four years’ service.

“It’s an exciting time for Australian golf and I’m looking forward to this new chapter,” Long said.

“I’ve had some great opportunities afforded to me over the years and hopefully as part of the board I can give a little back and contribute to a positive future for both PGA Members and the wider industry.”

In a career spanning two decades, Long has competed all over the world.

He has made an impact too, winning the 1996 New Zealand Open and the 1999 Greg Norman Holden International.

He also competed for several years on the US secondary Web.com Tour, winning the 2001 Boise Open and 2003 VB Open.

According to PGA chairman Mark Gibson: “Joining our board as a member-director, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge from his first-hand experience within the game.

“The board is looking forward to his contribution.”

Gibson also extended his gratitude to outgoing director Craig Parry.

“Throughout his career Craig has given back to our game and industry in many ways and the board, PGA management and his fellow members are grateful for his service,” he said.

Long joins fellow member-directors Gibson, Peter O’Malley (deputy chairman) and Len Beck, while James Erskine, Richard Lazar, Richard Allely and Brad Gale also serve as independent directors.