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PGA pro Mark embarks on his own Far East adventure

It’s a long way to go but for PGA pros with ambition and a passion to work overseas, the Far East can offer enticing career prospects.

Mark Henderson, who grew up a couple of drivers and six irons away from Royal Troon, can pay testament to that as he settles into his latest role as director of golf at the 27 Club in Tianjin, China.

The Scot began as a raw assistant at Royal St David’s but has just been part of the $60 million renovation of the private members course, which is part of the Pacific Links International stable and has been dubbed by the 33-year-old as ‘the Augusta of China’.

Henderson, a PGA Advanced Professional, is nearly a year into the role having previously spent two-and—half years as director of golf academies for the Mission Hills group in China, helping build their profile and brand from scratch.

His latest position is one that is utilising all his experience and knowledge built up through his PGA training and professional life. Add into the mix that he is also trying to change the golfing culture at his new club and it’s an interesting chapter in his career.

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