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Board of Directors

EDGA would not function without the commitment of our fantastic directors. Our Board of Directors is our governing body and is responsible for our strategic direction, establishing goals for management and monitoring the achievement of goals directly through its committees. Our Board comprises of the following outstanding people:

Tony has spent his entire career in the golf industry and during his mid-twenties following several years as a tour golfer, Tony ‘settled down’ to become a club professional where he served two private golf clubs during a thirteen-year period. During this time, Tony also became a lecturer at the PGA Training School and continued for a period of ten years. One of Tony’s proudest moments was in 2007 when he and his father Howard, became the first, and until today, the only Father and Son combination to have both received the recognition of PGA Master Professional.

During 1996 Tony was invited to take on the role of National Coach to the Federation of Portuguese Golf and during his 7 year term was credited for modernising and contributing to the game of golf in Portugal where he received recognition from the former President of the Republic Dr. Jorge Sampaio in the form of a presidential Order of Merit award.

Having emigrated to Portugal and continuing his passion for coaching, in 2002 Tony formed a new business where he went on to develop and run six golf learning centres together with a golf course all based in Portugal. During his coaching career, Tony has personally trained winners on both the European and Ladies European Tour.

Since 2008 Tony has been the Director of Education for the PGAs of Europe and all matters relating to professional education, golf development, coaching standards and membership come across his desk

As a former post graduate (MPhil) of Birmingham University (UK), Tony brings a wealth of knowledge to the development of innovative and far reaching golf related projects around the World. Working and collaborating with many of the world’s leading golfing organisations, Tony has also been involved in several European Commission golf related initiatives.

Having been commissioned in 2013 to write a strategy for the then Executive Committee of EDGA, Tony was then asked to become President of the association. Since taking on the role, Tony and his wife Sue have volunteered many hours to EDGA. Tony has been able to use his deep knowledge of the game, and the industry to adjust the associations trajectory and to develop several initiatives which have both a long reach and lasting legacy. In early 2014 Tony initiated the R4GD ranking system for golfers with disabilities which is now recognised as a world standard and used by countries across the world to rank players, and in late 2017, Tony also initiated EDGA Profiles. The EDGA Profile stories are being shared far across the globe and are giving hope and inspiration not only to individuals with disability, but also to anyone wanting a boost of positivity in their lives. (See also Golf & Ride Portugal 2014)

I was one of the three initiators and one of the seven founders of EDGA in 2000, working for golfers with disabilities since 1996.

I retired on 1st March 2006 as a director after nearly 25 years working for a Life Insurance Company in the Netherlands, specialised in corporate clients’ collective and individual pension schemes. My father and most of my uncles were merchant service and navy men which should have been my future as well, however and because of my disability I was rejected from further schooling in that direction. Nevertheless I joined a well-known Rotterdam Shipping Company for 12 years and followed quite a number of work-related education and courses. Later on I became a real estate and insurance broker and real estate developer in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

My golf hcp is 17.0, I am proud to be a member of Royal The Hague Golf & Country Club. Apart from Golf, I like walking, reading, skiing, being outdoors and feel comfortable anywhere in the world to experience cultures, history and communication in different languages. As a logical consequence I had a number of pen-friends for many years. During the last 46 years and together with my “fiancée”, we travelled many countries on several continents. Our favourite countries are Western Canada and Switzerland. Until a number of years ago I was hooked on horse-riding, especially dressage and followed many courses also in Austria. No better companion than a horse (apart from my fiancée of course). Played football and tennis at a reasonable club level.  I am married since 1972, we have 2 children (Joyce, who became a lawyer and Nick, who is an executive manager in the hotel business).  

Today’s activities:

Personal Goals
To learn more about EDGA and see how I can transfer my contacts and skills in helping people with disabilities learn more about participation of our great game

Golf (hcp:5), Ice hockey, American football and all types of music

Been a Sports Executive in Canada for almost 25 years running multiple media companies and sports organisations including the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts

Mark Taylor is a Fellow PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional and member of the PGA'S Europe Golf Development Team.

Qualifying in 1996, Mark spent many years coaching in Switzerland where he became Head Professional at the prestigious East Switzerland Golf Club. On his return to the UK Mark was deployed as a Development Officer for England Golf working with clubs and golf professionals in all aspects of golf development.

In 2012 Mark became a PGA Tutor and a further recent appointment as a Golf Development Professional followed for the R&A ‘Working for Golf’ program delivering coach education programmes in Argentina, Egypt, India, Greece and Lebanon to name just a few.  Mark has trained hundreds of Golf Professionals through the PGA Inclusive Golf Programme in how to introduce coaching to golfers with disabilities into their everyday practice, making their clubs inclusive hubs within the community. Mark continues to coach at his indoor studio in Cheshire and retains a keen passion for coaching.

Since September 2017 Mark has been appointed Development Director for the European Disabled Golfers Association (EDGA), responsible for developing golf provision for golfers with disabilities across 26 international member countries.

Mark is currently leading on disability projects in Scotland, Portugal and Austria assisting clubs and PGA Professionals on the understanding and importance of making golf central to the community. Mark would like to further grow awareness of the EDGA organisation throughout 2018 by introducing various disability awareness training options to the member countries and targeting more women and girls with disabilities to our sport through specific development initiatives.

Personal: Diederik is of Dutch Nationality and with his wife Dominique are blessed with 3 beautiful daughters

Education: 1979 - Law degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (Master of Business Law – other exams in Psychology and Economics)

Business career: 1979 – 2005: a 26-year international banking career in investment and corporate banking with Citi Bank, JP Morgan and Rabobank International in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, New York and London.

2005 – today: owner of ‘KOMMA”. KOMMA’s mission is to inspire people how to grow and to develop their own talents and possibilities by better understanding themselves.  

Military: 1976 - 1983: Dutch Military Service at the Military Intelligence Unit of the Dutch Army (trained as an interrogator of Russian soldiers). 2005 - 2016: Re-joined the army (IDEA*, a special unit of the Dutch Army) as a Reserve Officer with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel

Management responsibilities: 2006 – 2010: Manager Operations. 2010 – June 2016: Commander

Other activities: Chairman of the Foundation Golf for people with disability Stichting Golf voor Gehandicapten. The Foundation GVOORG is a non-profit organization and it is our mission to provide rehabilitative golf experiences for people with a physical and/or mental disability in an effort to improve the quality of life for these people.

Member of the Appeal Committee of Vereniging Hermes (= Allumni Society of the ‘ Rotterdamsche Studenten Corps Hermes’)

Director Finance of EDGA

Hobbies include golf, sailing, hiking

Pieter van Duijn - Vice President General Affairs

Mark Taylor - Vice President Development  

Kieth Pelley - Member at Large

Tony Bennett - President

Diederik Conijn - Vice President Finance

EDGA aspirations 2018 and beyond

Omar Malik - Member at Large

My goal is to make the EDGA tournament schedule as strong as it can be and providing as many playing opportunities as possible for golfers with all disabilities.

I have been a PGA Professional for over 25 years and am currently a PGA Advanced Professional. I am currently the Regional Manager for the PGA in England and Wales (South West).  Prior to that, I worked as a golf professional at Mendip Spring Golf Club for 25 years.  During this time I was also the Head Tournament Director for the PGAs of Europe as well as serving on the PGA of GB&I's Rules Panel refereeing at PGA National tournaments, Europro Tour, LET, Challenge Tour, Seniors Tour and the European Tour. The highlight was representing the PGA on the Rules Committee for the 2015 US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

My hobbies still include playing golf, riding my motorbike, watching motorsports, football, badminton, reading and walking the dog.

Robert Moss - Vice President Tournaments

Dr. Roger Hawkes MB Dip. Sports Med. FFSEM (UK) is a consultant in  Sport and Exercise Medicine and honorary lecturer at UCL in London and is the Executive Director of the World Golf Foundation sponsored, Golf and Health Project. He also serves on the Medical Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

He recently retired as Chief Medical Officer of the PGA European Tour and was responsible for their worldwide operation, their advisory board and their research program. He is a member of the Medical Commission of the International Golf Federation (IGF).

His main clinical interest is in the role of exercise and, more recently, the role of “sport” in health and has published widely on the role of golf in health. He has campaigned strongly for a team based “medical” approach to musculoskeletal problems and promotes the benefits of exercise and the risks of inactivity. He views golf as an ideal sport for those with a wide range of impairments which has led to his interest in helping to develop golf in this area.

Dr Roger Hawkes - Vice President Eligibility

My main role as General Secretary is to assist EDGA members with their enquiries directly or by pointing them to the appropriate person within EDGA or our broader network. As part of the EDGA team, I also carry out the following functions:

          • Assist the EDGA Board where needed
          • Tournament Observer
          • Maintain the EDGA Tournament calendar

I’m also a Tournament Team Executive where I assist players with advice and practical support for EDGA badged events either in person, by email or by phone. One of the main goals of our Tournament Team is to encourage event organisers to create more events at every level for golfers with disabilities (with or without an R4GD pass), and to increase the opportunities for more individuals to participate and compete in EDGA badged tournaments along with National tournaments for Golfers with disability.

In 1993 I started as Junior Secretary at an International Bank as a Management Assistant before becoming the International Secretary for the Director of Global affairs. Later on in my career, I become the director of a golf course in Holland. In 2006 I starting to work for Golfers with disability and in 2010 I officially started to work with EDGA. I am native Dutch and also speak English, German and French.

I live in The Netherlands with my husband Frederic Cupillard and we have two gorgeous sons Sébastien (2015) and Maxime (2017). My hobbies include tennis, golf, painting, books and art.

Manon Cupillard Eggermont - General Secretary

If you would like to contact an EDGA board member, please email mail@edgagolf.com and enter the name of the board member in the subject line. Your email with then be forwarded to the person required.

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