Nizam earns prestigious GCSAA certification

TPC Kuala Lumpur greenkeeper Mohd Nizam Othman has become the first Malaysian to earn the Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) accreditation by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

The 44-year old Johorean received the highly-coveted certification last month in Florida, less than a year after he attained his Class-A qualification from the GCSAA. The CGCS is widely acknowledged as the highest level of recognition that can be achieved by a greenkeeper.

Approximately 25% of GCSAA Class A members are Certified Golf Course Superintendents. There are a total of 1,800 CGCS professionals, mostly based in the United States.

Nizam completed an extensive course that covered theoretical and practical aspects of golf course management. After a thorough selection process, less than 50 candidates were selected for the final examinations in San Antonio, Texas.

“It is a great honour and I feel really proud as the first and only Certified Golf Course Superintendent in Malaysia. After having gone through rigorous course work, numerous assignments and travelling to and from the United States, it is definitely worthwhile for my professional career,” said Nizam, who has over 20 years’ experience in golf course maintenance.

“With this certification, I am able to further enhance my competencies, knowledge and share them for the benefit of my team members. Special thanks to my beloved wife, Shamsinar and my CEO Steven Thielke who is also my mentor and a great inspiration,” he added.

Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, TPC Kuala Lumpur boasts two world-class courses, the West and the East, that have hosted the world’s best golfers in tournaments such as the CIMB Classic, Malaysian Open and Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The club was renamed last August when it become the part of the PGA Tour’s prestigious Tournament Players Club (TPC) network.

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