During the remaining months of his tenure, Phillips will work with the HKGA’s Executive Committee to appoint a replacement and spend time working with that person to prepare him or her for the role.
HKGA President, Mark Chan commented: “Tom has done an outstanding job for the HKGA and helped us to achieve so much during his three years in charge. Not only has he turned around the finances of the HKGA to a position of stability, he has also changed the face of the HKGA in terms of our brand, our communications and our international reputation.”
Chan added: “Furthermore, under Tom’s leadership, the HKGA has been boosted with our new HSBC Golf For Schools initiative; a new commercial programme supported by partners including HSBC and Mercedes-Benz; a new GHIN handicapping system and benefits programme which has topped 10,000 subscribers for the first time; new international events in Hong Kong, including the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship; and an improved elite training programme in conjunction with the Hong Kong Sports Institute that has played a part in the success of our first ever golfing Olympian, Tiffany Chan.”
“We will be sad to lose Tom but we appreciate his commitment to helping us find a replacement between now and the end of the year and we wish him all the best in the future,” concluded Chan.
Phillips said: “I have been hugely honoured to lead the HKGA but I feel the time is right to go out on a high and pursue new projects. I am incredibly proud of the results that we as a team have achieved at the HKGA over the past three years. I believe the organisation is now in a much stronger position to move forward and continue growing golf in Hong Kong.”
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