The PGA Board of Directors
Paul Marks - National Chairman
Paul became a member of the PGA of SA in 1995 after completing his apprenticeship under Phil Simmons. Paul has played the tour since 1995 and joined Germiston Country Club as Head Professional in 2001. In 2007 he accepted the Golf Director position at Woodhill Country Club. He was elected to the Board of Directors in July 2005 and re-elected as the Gauteng North representative at their regional AGM in August 2008 - a position which he still holds to-date. He has been elected by the new Board as Chairman of the PGA of South Africa.
Martin Briede - Chairman Gauteng Central
Martin graduated from Wits with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with education being one of his credits. He joined the PGA in 1995 and he did his apprenticeship under Richard Ayers at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. He played on the Sunshine Tour from 1988 to 2000. He was Golf Director from 2001 to 2003 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington. Martin then set up the academy at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington and has been the Head Teaching Professional since 2004. He was elected on the Central Gauteng Regional committee in 2009. He was awarded the PGA Teacher of the year in 2010. Martin is passionate about junior coaching and has made coaching children one of his specialties. Recently elected Chairman of the Gauteng Central Region.
Nic Grundtvig - Chairman Southern Eastern Cape Region
Nic Grundtvig (Advanced PGA Professional), member of the PGA's of GB & Ire and South Africa. Chairman and Regional Director representing the Southern & Eastern Cape Region. Started apprenticeship program in 1996 and qualified at The Belfry in the UK as a full member of the association in 1999. Has gained extensive experience within the industry, both as a golf instructor and in club management. Currently managing the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Estate.
Phil Simmons - Director National
Director of Golf - Mount Edgecome CC & Estate - 2001 to current - Full Golf Operation. 1998 - Won PGA Pro of the Year award. Awarded Life Membership of the PGA of SA 2008. Achieved "Master" professional status - The PGA of SA - 2009. Offices Held: National Board of the PGA of SA 1992 - 2002. Re-elected to National Board 2012.
Roy Braxton - Non Executive Director
Roy is the founder and CEO of BraxtonGroup, a management consulting business and Peformax a software development business that is based and founded in South Africa. Peformax develops and implements software solutions for the performance and development of people. Roy is also a very keen golfer and enjoys sailing.
Roy studied at the University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg and Unisa, obtained a B.Comm and studied towards a Masters degree in Industrial psychology and financial management. Roy is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch in Organizational Strategy.
Roy has co-authored 2 books on strategy with Strickland and Thomson to develop a Southern African version of strategy, crafting and executing strategy which is now being prescribed to all MBA programs in South Africa.
In addition Roy is a coach to number of blue chip companies CEO's in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, United Kingdom and Australia.
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Louis Destroo - Vice Chairman
Louis holds the position of Director of Golf at Stellenbosch Golf Club. He began his academic career at University of Stellenbosch and completed his degree in Sports Science before joining the PGA Apprentice Programme in 2001 under Arnold Mentz at Stellenbosch Golf Club. In 2003 Louis received the PGA Apprentice of the Year Award for outstanding Academic achievement & commitment to the programme. In 2004 he completed the PGA Academic Apprentice Programme. In 2002 Louis completed the R & A Rules Diploma. Louis was elected as the Western Capes Regional representative to the Board at their AGM in September 2008. Chairman of Western Province Region and Vice-Chairman of the PGA of South Africa.
Michael Balderstone - Director National
2004 - to current - Managing Director /Elite Performance Director - The Golf School of Excellence - Coaching, programme development, tournament organisation, recruitment, marketing. Other Roles: Coaching / Tutor / Assessor for the PGA of South Africa. Also a member of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland. 2011 - Achieved "Fellow" professional status. 2012 - Elected to Gauteng Central Regional Committee. 2012 - Elected to National Board of PGA of SA.
Jason Bird - Chairman KwaZulu-Natal Region
With a degree in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management, Jason began his working career in media where he was the Sales Manager for the Independent Newspaper Group. From there Jason followed his passion for sport and went onto Touchline Media where he fulfilled the role of Marketing Manager for various sporting publications like Sports Illustrated and Kick Off Magazine. On leaving the media world he joined Fancourt Golf Estate in George as their Golf Development Manager. Jason then furthered his career in golf by accepting the Golf Director position at the prestigious Steenberg Golf Estate in Cape Town. After four years in Cape Town he was offered the position of Director of Sports at Durban Country Club and relocated to KZN. He qualified as a PGA Professional in 2010, and has subsequently decided to go back to the corporate world by joining a broadband infrastructure company called ClearlineIS. He now heads up the Durban branch as the Regional Director and is responsible for the day to day running of the business as well as the business development throughout the KZN region. Jason has been on the KZN Committee since 2012. He remains extremely active within the PGA which is illustrated in his nomination as the KZN Chairman in 2014.
Dave Usendorff - Director National
2007 to current - Managing Director - Inside Right Club Management. 1997 - current - Presenter on Super Sport - Super Golf. 2003 - 2005 - National Board - The PGA of South Africa. 2011 - Achieved "Fellow" professional status. 2011 - current - Creation of golf mentor magazine with fellow PGA member Morne Botha. 2012 - Elected to Gauteng North Region Committee. 2012 - Re-elected to National Board - The PGA of South Africa.