McDougall leaves PGA to join Lawrie

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MICHAEL MacDougall, secretary of the PGA in Scotland for the last three years, is leaving the Gleneagles-based organisation to work for Paul Lawrie.

While the fine details of his new post have still to be confirmed, MacDougall will be assisting the former Open champion with a “mix of things”.

“I’ve had a great time and enjoyed some great experiences during the ten years I’ve been with the PGA so I will be leaving with a heavy heart,” said MacDougall. “However, the opportunity to work for Paul was something I didn’t want to miss out on – it will be a new and exciting challenge for me.

“There is a great deal of excitement around Paul at the moment, both in terms of his own golfing achievements and also what he is doing for the game in Scotland. His Foundation is growing all the time, he now has the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre in Aberdeen and is also supporting a lot of young professionals.”

MacDougall, who will leave his current post at the end of March, succeeded Gordon Dewar when he moved to the PGA’s national headquarters at The Belfry.

“Paul’s empire, so to speak, is expanding and he wants someone to deal with matters such as managing sponsorship relations at a local level,” he added.

MacDougall’s contribution to the Tartan Tour in recent years was praised by Liam Greasley, the PGA’s director of regions and membership. “Michael has been a great asset to the PGA and we wish him all the best in his new venture,” he said.