GRAHAM Maly will need few introductions as he takes over as PGA North Region secretary.
For the former Tour professional, who succeeds Roger Butler after he stood down for personal reasons, was a tournament controller at the Bolton-based headquarters for four seasons.
"I've only been away 14 months and I still live in Salford with my wife and daughter so from a personal view this appointment is perfect," said Maly, who left to take charge of the Midland Region.
"I gained a lot of experience in my short time as secretary there and I'm relishing the challenge in the north. Among the top priorities will be ensuring the continuation of a busy tournament schedule."
Middlesex-born Maly, 32, spent three years as a professional and competed on the PGA Challenge Tour on which his best finish was 14th in the Norwegian Open.
But it was an amateur, attaining a plus two handicap, that he enjoyed most of his success and played for Hertfordshire, winning the boys', youths' and men's county championships and several open events, and reaching the fifth round of the English Amateur.
He was captain of the golf team at St Andrews University, where he studied geography, and appeared in the Palmer Cup over the Old Course.
"My playing partner in that event was South African Rory Sabbitini and Luke Donald was in the same team," said Maly, who also skippered the Scottish University side and turned out for the British University team.
"Oddly enough I played in the World Student Games with Steve Cox, PGA head of tournaments at the Belfry, who is also a former North Region staff man, and regional professionals Richard Daniels and Phil Kenyon," he added.