Lumb announced as PGA captain-elect

PGA Master Professional and long-standing board member Nicky Lumb has been named as the PGA's captain-elect

Nicky Lumb

PGA board member and Master Professional Nicky Lumb has been named as PGA captain-elect and will take over from Neil Selwyn-Smith in just over two years.

Selwyn-Smith will replace current incumbent Eddie Bullock in April next year, with Lumb starting the two-year ambassadorial role in April 2015.

Lumb - who has worked at the Bristol Golf Centre for the past 12 years - expressed his surprise at being invited to captain the world's oldest golfers' association.

"It had never entered my head that I would ever be captain of the PGA but I am very honoured and pleased to accept," said Lumb.

He started his golfing career as a junior and decided to become a PGA Professional after a serious illness in his mid-20s.

"I had always played golf. My wife, Kathy, was a two-time Curtis Cup player, and my brother was a pro, so in 1975 I followed in his footsteps."

He became fully qualified in 1980 and was appointed head coach of Filton Golf Club just six months after joining as an assistant.

He became a senior tutor in 1988 and chairman of the PGA training committee a year later, and has served on the PGA Board of Directors since 2001.

"Nicky is a well-respected and innovative pro who has been a long-standing PGA board member and has also been an instrumental figure in helping develop the PGA's education programmes, both as chairman of the training committee and as a tutor," said PGA chief executive Sandy Jones.

"He has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the golf industry and we look forward to him representing the Association with distinction."

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x