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New Era Ushered in for PGA of Germany with Kariem Baraka as President4 min read


Posted on: 17th Nov 2021

The members of the PGA of Germany have elected a new board. For the next three years, the PGA of Germany will be headed by Kariem Baraka as chairman and president.

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The members of the PGA of Germany have elected a new board. For the next three years, the PGA of Germany will be headed by Kariem Baraka as chairman and president; the 43-year-old has been a member of the PGA of Germany since 2000 and is currently managing director of the GC München-Ried-hof. Baraka’s deputy on the PGA board is Oliver Neumann, and together with Ralf Pütter both form the executive board of the PGA of Germany. Anthony Lloyd, Marco Kaussler, Paul Dyer and Florian Fritsch serve as assessors.

“I am very happy to accept the election!”

The PGA of Germany has had a new board since September 19, 2021. During the general assembly, which was carried out online for the first time in the history of the association, the PGA of Germany members voted for Kariem Baraka as the new chairman and president. “I am very happy to accept the election and thank you for the trust you have placed in me and my colleagues,” said Baraka.

Until the 2008 season he played on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour, and in November 2007 he competed for Germany at the WGC World Cup in Spain and finished 7th together with Marcel Siem. Until 2013, Baraka worked for Langer Sport Marketing GmbH in action as tournament director of the Pro Golf Tour, since then the certified R&A Referee has been managing director of the Munich-Riedhof golf club. He has been a member of the PGA Board of Directors since 2018.

The new PGA Vice President ,Oliver Neumann, was born in 1974 and has been a member of the PGA Board of Directors since 2003, and is also a member of the PGA teaching team and the examination board of the PGA of Germany. He is the managing director of Tourbrassie GmbH and is based at GC Starnberg. Treasurer Ralf Pütter, 53, heads the golf school at Bochum GC and has been an assessor on the board of the PGA of Germany since 2008. Englishman Anthony Lloyd (GC Domain Niederreutin) has been a member of the PGA Board of Directors since 2018. Marco Kaussler (Munich), Paul Dyer (Eutin) and Florian Fritsch (Neckarge-münd) complete the management board of the PGA of Germany as newcomers.

“Thank you, dear members of the PGA of Germany, for the great trust you have placed in me as the first chairman of our professional association. I am happy to take on this position and the associated task of leading and developing the PGA of Germany together with my colleagues on the board and to represent our profession on the national and international golf stage in a dignified and effective manner ”, said Baraka.“As a member of the board of the PGA of Germany, I have been able to help shape the future of our association since 2018, which I have always found to be a beautiful and exciting task. At the same time, I am aware of the responsibility that is now associated with this new office of Chairman – not least because the footsteps I am following with my team are great: Stefan Quirmbach, together with Guido Tillmanns and Achim Lehnstaedt has developed the PGA of Germany into a professional association that is highly recognised worldwide. The PGA of Germany gathers golf professionals under its roof and is firmly anchored in the structures of the golf market. I look forward to continuing this legacy and creating a professional association on your behalf that is equipped for the challenges that the golf market will undoubtedly hold in store in the years to come! “

With President Stefan Quirmbach, his Vice Guido Tillmanns and Treasurer Achim Lehnstaedt, the incumbent executive board of the PGA of Germany resigned from the Presidium on September 19, 2021 and no longer stood for re-election. “Every time we stood for election in the past 21 years, we carried forward new projects that were close to our hearts,” says Stefan Quirmbach. He sees the hiring of Rainer Goldrian as full-time managing director in 1994, the founding of the Aus und Fortbildungs ​​GmbH in 1996 under the management of Ines Halmburger and the founding of Professional Golf in 2004 as milestones in his presidency, which has lasted for more than two decades AG, which brought economic security and freedom of action for day-to-day business. “With the purchase of the EPD Tour at that time, today’s Pro Golf Tour, we committed ourselves to promoting professional tournament golf in 2005, and in 2012 we finally changed and modernized the structure of the training decisively,” said Quirmbach.

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