PGA Professional Heather MacRae transitions to talent management role

PGA Professional Heather MacRae transitions to talent management role

05/01/2024

Experienced PGA Member, Heather MacRae, joins FirstPoint USA, bringing expertise to aid young golfers in securing sports scholarships in the US.

Heather MacRae’s wide experience and expertise as a PGA pro and touring golfer has been rewarded with a new post as the Scot embarks on the latest chapter in her career.

The 40-year-old has joined FirstPoint USA, a Scottish-based company that helps student-athletes secure sports scholarships at universities and colleges in America.

MacRae’s credentials ticked all the boxes. Prior to becoming a professional, the former British Ladies Amateur Strokeplay champion attended McLennan Junior College in Texas before enrolling at San Diego State University.

Her experience of life in the US, and the knowledge she has accumulated during a 16-year-old professional career, has made her a valuable addition to FirstPoint’s team.

While her competitive drive remains undiminished – her main target for 2024 is to qualify for the GB&I Women’s PGA Cup team – MacRae opted to step back from outings on the Ladies European Tour at the end of the 2023 campaign.

The chance to work with a new wave of fresh talent will certainly help to fill the void.

“It feels like the right time to make the transition out of tour,” said MacRae, who is a four-time winner of the WPGA Championship. “The past season was the first time where playing tournament golf felt a bit of a strain. But I knew I wanted to stay connected to golf and the opportunity to work in a different capacity helping young golfers is something I am relishing.

“When I was coming through the college golf recruitment process, I didn’t have the knowledge to really make an informed decision. So, I am looking forward to helping players and their families by passing on my own insight and experience, with FirstPoint’s fantastic network behind me.

“I am very passionate about supporting young golfers and I’m a big advocate of the collegiate golf system. Playing in the States prepares you well, not only for your professional career, but for life in general. You grow up very quickly, but you have great team-mates and coaches around you.”

Callum Macaulay, the former DP World Tour player who heads up FirstPoint USA’s golf activities, added: “Heather is a terrific addition to our talent management team and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“I know our young golfing prospects will benefit from her insights and experience, and she will also carry the respect of the coaches within our network having had a successful collegiate and tour career.

“It’s fantastic to have someone of Heather’s standing on our staff.”

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