SINGAPORE – David Parkin, one of the most recognizable figures in the professional regional golfing scene, has been appointed OneAsia’s director of tour operations.
In what OneAsia officials are describing as a significant coup in the fledgling tour’s on-going efforts to gain widespread support and acceptance, the Kuala Lumpur-based Englishman will take up the post on Sept. 1 “to further assist in the development of the OneAsia consolidated pathway for the region’s leading golfers.”
Parkin, who was heavily involved in the launch of the Asian PGA Tour in 1995, said: “A unified platform like OneAsia has up until now been something that’s lacking. I believe that a structure like this is necessary for the development of professional golf, from a player’s perspective as well as a tournament perspective.
“My focus is, and has always been, in what lies ahead for Asian golf. I believe that OneAsia is the next step, as it has the future of Asian players, sponsors and golf fans at heart.”
Parkin parted company with the Asian Tour in February, opting to pursue personal goals, which included setting up an academy for rules officials in Asia.
“David is one of the most experienced and respected senior golf officials, not only across Asia but across the globe, and his passion for the game is unparalleled,” said Sang Chun, chairman and commissioner of OneAsia, in a statement.
Parkin is said to have a wealth of understanding across all areas of tour operations. He has also lent his expertise to many of the big events across the globe, having officiated at 13 major championships (two U.S. Masters, two U.S. Opens and nine British Opens) and five World Golf Championships.