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2019 CPG 5-Star Professional Award Recognises Germany’s Ergül Altinova2 min read


Posted on: 17th Dec 2019

Member Professional of the PGA of Germany, Ergül Altinova, has been presented the 2019 CPG 5-Star Professional Award for his achievements across various facets of the industry as a PGA Professional, and in particular, his entrepreneurial innovation and resultant success within the world of outbound golf tourism.

Altinova was presented with his award at the 2019 CPG Annual Gala Awards Dinner Supported By Rolex at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, recognising his achievements and contributions within the PGA of Germany and to the travel industry. He now joins last year’s recipient, David Kearney, and fellow compatriots Guido Tillmans and Gunter Kessler, to have won the award within the last decade.

Upon receiving his recognition, Altinova, CEO of golf.extra, commented: “It is a fantastic honour to receive this award; one that I was very surprised at when I heard the news.

“We do a lot of work in Central-Europe, particularly the German-speaking areas, organising over 400 weeks of travel with PGA Professionals to locations across the world and it is great to see the impact that we have been having as a result.”

Having been a member of the PGA of Germany for over 20 years, Ergül Altinova has contributed significantly to the development of German professional golf, through his previous responsibilities of training three German PGA Assistants, his senior roles within the PGA of Germany, and the close relationships he holds with various German golfing bodies.

However, Altinova is predominantly known for his contributions to the travel industry and tourism in Germany, where he has formed numerous travel companies that employ over 30 people including golf.extra and EMU Exclusive Travel. Both are responsible for organising and delivering golfing holidays, coaching trips and various golf-related travel options for PGA Professionals across Europe and beyond.

From these endeavours, Altinova’s passions have naturally transferred across various sectors and markets within the industry, where his work with the PGA of Switzerland, the Solheim Cup and the Ryder Cup as a travel partner has raised an already-growing travel and tourism reputation to another level.

“It means a lot to be a PGA Professional,” added Altinova. “Golf has given me so much both personally and professionally, and the knowledge I have gained over the years as a result has certainly helped achieve what I have as a tourism operator. I am extremely grateful to the CPG and the PGA of Germany for their recognition.”

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