Clause is SA's PGA Pro of the Year

ST FRANCIS, Eastern Cape (19 February 2015) - St Francis Links CEO Jeff Clause has been voted the PGA of South Africa's PGA Professional of the Year for the third time in his distinguished career.

The annual PGA of South Africa Awards celebrates those professionals who have made a real impact in the game at their respective clubs.

Clause previously won the award in 1995 and 2003.

"There is no greater accomplishment in business than to be acknowledged by your peers," says Clause.

"In my 24 years in South Africa my real goal as a PGA professional was to see the role of the PGA professional raised to a higher level at his or her club or facility. I pushed hard for better education and better training that involved the PGA, the professionals and the apprentices. My philosophy has always been that we need to educate the professionals so that we can evaluate them and ultimately appreciate them."

Clause says he is proud to represent an association that is making great strides in South African golf.

"I really feel that we are producing a new generation of PGA professionals who are a compliment to some of South Africa's legendary professionals from the past. Golf is a business that requires business decisions from businessmen and women. The game will not decline if we can continue to produce PGA professionals who take an active role in the golf clubs and communities to grow the game.

"I am proud to say that I have played a part in assisting some of our industry leaders as they started their journey. I am proud of the way they put their members and guests first with consistent service, attention to detail and tireless efforts."

Clause is well known for his hands-on approach at a golf club and for his ability to make even visiting golfers feel welcome.

"All we do is treat our members as royalty and our guests as members for their stay. It's all about looking for ways to get better and better, in every way, every day."

Ivano Ficalbi, the Chief Executive of the PGA of South Africa, said, "Jeff must be congratulated for his commitment to the PGA and the game of golf. He manages an excellent operation and is a very deserving winner."

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The Professional Golfers Association of South Africa is a members' organization of over 500 qualified Club Professionals. The PGA was founded in 1925 and lists amongst its members over the years many of South Africa's greatest golfers and most dedicated servants of the game.

The PGA is committed to training and serving golf pros whose principal aim is to offer a highly professional service to golfers in all aspects of the game.

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