Danny is aiming to be the country's youngest director of golf - just a year after finishing his PGA foundation degree. The 24-year-old professional, who served his three-year apprenticeship at Springwater Golf Club before recently moving to Newark Golf Club, revealed his grand plans after finishing third in the prestigious Titleist PGA Assistant of the Year awards.
Malcolm, who was 'Rookie of the Year' in 2007 after turning to golf, having seen his dreams of a football career ended by injury, collected a cheque for £1,500 from England football legend Sir Bobby Charlton at the PGA's graduation ceremony at the University of Birmingham.
"I've realised that this is the path I want to go down as the golf profession is changing," said Malcolm. "When I first started it was all about wanting to play competitively but I've realised how tough that can be as I know lads who are really good players but just finding it tough to break through."
Having completed his three-year PGA foundation degree, Malcolm is now eyeing a fast-track to the top, which he has started by taking over the management of the club shop at Newark. But he is also keen to take the PGA's Director of Golf course, which predominantly focuses on the business and management side of the golf industry. "I've come to Newark and taken charge of running the shop as I want to progress to being a Director of Golf by the time I'm 30," he said. "Coming here is the first step as I oversee the business from both a stock and staff point of view. It's a very in-depth role with a lot of interaction with the members too. Without doubt, what I've learned from the three years of the foundation degree is coming to the fore here. But what I've achieved has also played a part in my career already because I'm sure finishing third this year and having the 'Rookie of the Year' on my CV has helped me get this job."
Training and education remains an integral part of the PGA with the foundation degree, while the PGA also runs an honours degree in association with the University of Birmingham. Once qualified, PGA members also undergo a process of continual professional development to keep them up to speed with all the latest developments in the sport. PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones said: "While graduation day marks the end of three years hard work for these talented and dedicated golfers it also signals the beginning of an exciting and rewarding career in golf. I think all the graduates deserve huge applause for all their outstanding efforts in successfully completing the PGA education programme. I wish them all successful careers in golf, whatever direction they take and wherever they travel." Titleist's Director of Sales and Marketing Ken Graham said: "PGA professionals play a key role in golf at all levels of the game and Titleist is delighted to be supporting the next generation of highly qualified professionals. As ever at the PGA graduation ceremony we have been impressed by the standards achieved by yet another outstanding crop of Titleists Assistants of the Year."