For Immediate Publication
THE R&A APPOINTS CHRIS GRAY AS HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY AND AGRONOMY FOR
6 February 2020, Sentosa, Singapore: The R&A announced today the appointment of Chris Gray as the Head of Sustainability and Agronomy for Asia-Pacific.
Recognising the importance of sustainability and environmental matters within the golf industry, The R&A is aiming to encourage the adoption of best practices for golf facility and golf course management with this newly created position which will drive initiatives in the region.
Hailing from Victoria, Australia, Gray has over 30 years of knowledge and experience having worked extensively as an agronomic consultant, golf course superintendent and golf course project manager in the Asia-Pacific, Central Asia and Middle East regions.
Most recently Gray held the position of Director of Agronomy and Golf Redevelopment at The Singapore Island Country Club and has been an agronomic consultant on a number of PGA TOUR, European Tour and LPGA tournaments in the region.
Gray will primarily focus on sustainability and will also look to provide agronomic assistance to The R&A’s championships in the region. He will also offer a service to national associations to help with the preparation and presentation of golf courses for staging championships. Gray will be working closely with The R&A’s sustainability and agronomic teams at the Home of Golf, St Andrews.
“The R&A’s vision is to see golf thriving in 50 years-time and creating environmentally sustainable golf courses that maintain or increase playability for golfers is an important part of achieving that goal,” said Dominic Wall, Director – Asia Pacific for The R&A.
“The appointment of a Head of Sustainability and Agronomy for the Asia-Pacific demonstrates our commitment to encouraging sustainability in the region. Chris brings an incredible amount of expertise and skill to the role which will enable him to make a significant contribution to the sport.”
Gray commented, “I am delighted to join The R&A as the Head of Sustainability and Agronomy for the Asia-Pacific region. I am passionate about sustainability in golf and how in particular golf can be a leader in best practices for golf course development and management.
“Golf is an outdoor pursuit and we are privileged to enjoy the benefits of being amongst nature. It is our responsibility to look after this environment and I look forward to playing a key role in leading the best practices and advising on sustainable golf course management in the region.”
Gray will be based in The R&A’s Singapore office and will being with the organisation on the 1st of March 2020.
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About The R&A
The R&A group of companies was formed in 2004 to take on The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews’ responsibilities for governing the Rules of Golf, staging The Open, golf’s original championship, and developing the sport. The British Golf Museum in St Andrews is part of the R&A group.
Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions with a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 159 organisations from amateur and professional golf.
The R&A merged with the Ladies’ Golf Union in 2017 and now has responsibility for running a series of world class amateur events and international matches in women’s and girls’ as well as men’s and boy’s golf. The R&A works with IMG to stage the Women’s British Open and with the European Tour to stage the Senior Open.
The R&A is aiming to invest £200 million in developing golf over the next decade and supports the growth of the sport internationally, including the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. For more information, visit www.randa.org.
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