The Professional Golfers Association of South Africa has announced that its chief executive Dennis Bruyns has decided to retire from the post he has held for some nine years and will be replaced by Ivano Ficalbi.

Bruyns, who was formerly the executive director of the Sunshine Tour and founding editor of Compleat Golfer magazine, will remain involved with the PGA only on a consultancy basis.

“Dennis has been at the helm of the PGA for the last nine years and in this period the PGA of SA has grown from strength to strength,” said PGA of SA chairman Craig Ross. “He is one of the most influential and respected people in the golf industry and we are grateful for his dedication to the PGA for all these years. He is a man of great vision and has been a fine ambassador for the PGA.”

Apparently he left the PGA for both personal and business reasons and will pursue his own golf business interests. He is said to be involved with some interesting top-secret new golf invention.

PGA of SA board member Ivano Ficalbi will replace Bruyns as the interim chief executive from August.

Ficalbi is the reigning PGA National champion, comes with a wealth of PGA knowledge and has a very impressive résumé. He was director of golf at Zebula Coutry Club, head professional at Sun City, programme director of the Dale Hayes Golf School of Excellence and managing director of Dale Hayes Golf Events.