FORMER Perthshire bank manager Ken Schofield has been appointed chairman of the Golf Show Group Ltd, the company behind the London Golf Show and the NEC Golf Show.
Schofield spent 30 years at the head of the European Tour and took it from a 17-event calendar with a prize fund of £430,000 in 1975 to a 48-event £71m schedule, second only to the PGA Tour.
He is also a past president of the PGAs of Europe and of the Golf Foundation.
Schofield, who hails from Auchterarder, said: “I have worked increasingly closely with the team at the Golf Show Group for some years now and believe fervently that the sport benefits hugely from the exposure properly organised golf shows allow.”
Schofield’s first task was to confirm that the 2009 NEC Golf Show will take place at the National Exhibition Centre from November 27-29.
Born and raised in the Big County, Schofield began his working life in the banking profession and at the age of 23 became Scotland’s youngest bank manager.
He succeeded John Jacobs as the first executive director with the task of developing the tour.
Schofield was also instrumental in the development and success of the Ryder Cup since it became a Europe v USA event, helping to make it one of the world’s most prestigious sporting occasions.
In 1993 he was awarded the Order of Merit from the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, followed by a CBE for services to golf and the Christer Lindberg Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Growth of Golf by the PGA of Europe in 1996.
In 2002 he won the Links Golfing Society Award and has been awarded both the Association of Golf Writers’ Award for outstanding services to golf and the Sports Journalists’ Association award for lifetime achievement in sport off the field of play.
Since retiring from the European Tour Schofield has continued to have an impact on the game. He succeeded Sir Michael Bonallack as president of the Golf Foundation – a national charity committed to making golf accessible to young people – joining a distinguished list of presidents of the Golf Foundation, including former Ryder Cup captains Bernard Gallacher and Sir Henry Cotton.