Tony Hallam: Golf Australia
Tony Hallam is the first CEO of the newly formed governing golfing body Golf Australia. Tony is married with two children. He has worked with a number of not for profit organizations including White lion, a community organization assisting youths coming out of the juvenile justice system with mentoring and getting them back into mainstream society, and World Vision, for whom he worked with in his PWC role.
Since joining Golf Australia, Mr. Hallam had many successes, including joining forces with Golf Australia magazine, Australia's best selling golfing publication. Hallam was also a key factor in the Women's Open returning as well as many amateur initiatives.
Hallam also found himself in the middle of golf controversy during the 2007 women's open when Golf Australia shelled out about 130 grand to have US bombshell Natalie Gulbis appear, but then banning the sale of her calender at the event, claiming it too 'raunchy', after using it the previous November to promote the event. This sparked a war of words between Tony Hallam and golfing legend Jack Newton, when his daughter, Kristie Newton was the cover model of the 2007 Women of Professional Golf calender which was to raise money for breast cancer, which was also blackballed from the event.
Tony Hallam resigned from Golf Australia in June of this year, apparently with 18 months still on his contract. Hallam was recruited from outside the industry and has somewhat been under the radar since his departure.
Tony says: "I'm the classic golfer, started as a teenager and hacked around, trying to get a free game back then when I could. I then left it for a while. When I was 30 in the States that was the time I learned to play and got a handicap. I am classic 20 handicapper with a slice and with more practice hope I could get down to 16! I have been a club member for six years now and try and get out as much as possible."