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Hawaii International Golf Week 2016
Richard has been a golf professional for more than 30 years, born in Brisbane Australia and spent 14 years as a tournament professional, he won 15 tournaments playing the Asian, Australian, New Zealand & South Pacific golf tours.
Richard is one of the most respected names in Australasian golf served as President of the New Zealand PGA for 10 years, was a director of the PGA Tour of Australasia for 15 years. Richard was awarded golfs International goodwill trophy by the International Golf Association in 1998.
Richard was instrumental in setting up the South Pacific Professional golf circuit with tournaments in Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Rarotonga, New Caledonia & Vanuatu.
In 1983 Richard made his first venture into the corporate world setting up Auckland’s first golf driving range and within 12 months the associated golf shop became NZ’s largest retailer of golf equipment. In 1986 Richard over a management contract to run Auckland’s busiest public golf course at Takapuna.
In 1990 Richard formed Pacific Golf Management and took a 50% shareholding in Takapuna Golf Course and embarked on a major course redesign which also included new clubhouse and all weather golf range.
Since 1990 Pacific Golf Management has been involved in numerous golf related projects including a number of golf expos, management of New Zealand’ first true international golf resort at Gulf Harbour Country Club and Lakes Resort an 18 hole International course with exclusive gated residential community.
Apart from golf course and resort management Pacific Golf has been contracted by a number of International companies to organise national wide and overseas corporate golf events. The most significant event Pacific Golf has organised was 1998 World Cup of Golf held at Gulf Harbour Country Club. This was largest prize money event ever held in Australasia with a $3 million purse. The event saw the likes of Sir Nick Faldo, John Daly, Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera compete, the tournament was televised to over a 130 countries worldwide.
Pacific Golf organises a number of very successful overseas golf tours and tournaments in Hawaii, Fiji, Asia, Australia and South Pacific Islands.