Ian Murray to lead Golf Association of Ontario

Oakville resident Ian Murray has been named this year’s president of the Golf Association of Ontario. Murray, a member at Trafalgar Golf and Country Club, officially assumed the role at the GAO’s Annual General Meeting on Jan. 28.

He becomes the 11th president of the association formed in 2001 following amalgamation of the Ontario Ladies’ Golf and the Ontario Golf associations.

“I am very much looking forward to my year as president of the GAO,” said Murray. “We have ambitious plans in 2012 to grow our GAO programs, including expansion of our sport development initiatives to help our high performance athletes compete at the highest level, while increasing our push at the grass root level to bring more kids into golf through the Callaway Golf for Kids program.
“With an enthusiastic Board and a committed staff, I am confident we will have an outstanding year. I look forward to the challenge.”

Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Murray has served on the GAO’s board of directors since 2008, and has chaired the finance committee for the past three years. His passion, pride and commitment to the association have been evident in all facets of his involvement with the GAO.

Introduced to golf at an early age, Murray became a member at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club as a student. His career highlight in golf came when he was part of the team which captured the Scottish Universities Championship at Carnoustie. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1976, Murray immigrated to Canada in 1978 with his wife, Joan. He joined Trafalgar Golf and Country Club in 1986.

He became a partner at KPMG in 1985 and recently retired after a successful 34 year career. In retirement, golf plays a huge part in his life as he and Joan divide their time between Canada, Florida, and Scotland.

The 13-member board also includes local directors Christian Osborne of Oakville and Brian Tyers of Milton.