Pakistan’s most decorated amateur golfer, Taimur Hassan Amin, has taken over the reins as chairman of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation.
Amin succeeded Japan’s Kei Muratsu, who recently completed a two-year term.
Well-known New Zealand golf administrator Philip Hassall is the new vice-chairman and will retain the position of treasurer.
Amin, 67, is based in Islamabad. After secondary schooling, he gained degrees in arts, economics and psychology from Gordon College, Rawal Pindi and Government College, Islamabad.
He began playing golf in 1964 at age 12 and within three months won that year’s Pakistan Junior National Championship.
He then won the Senior Boys Championship at 14 in 1966, following this by becoming the youngest national champion at age 18 in 1970.
Amin has since collected many national and international titles, and has won every tournament in Pakistan several times.
Among his victories are 16 Pakistan National Amateur championships – 11 of them in a row from 1970-81.
He is also a three-time Pakistan Open champion, and has won the Nomura Trophy (in Malaysia in 1970) and Asia-Pacific Senior Championship (in Thailand in 2010).
He has played for and captained the Pakistan golf team for more than 25 years.
Amin was elected honorary secretary of the Pakistan Golf Federation under the Presidency of COAS General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani from 2005-13.
A vice-president of the Pakistan Golf Federation from 2013-17, he was invited to join the APGC under the chairmanship of Tommy Lee in 2006 before becoming vice-chairman in 2017 and chairman in 2019.
Amin has extensive experience both on and off the course and has been a member of the administrative Committee of the International Golf Federation.
He has been a member of The R&A since 2010.
A businessman for more than 40 years, he is the majority shareholder and chief executive of Excel Trade International, one of the leading suppliers of Industrial Chemical suppliers for water treatment. Amin is married and has three sons.
Hassall has been on the APGC for 12 years and has been treasurer for the past four.
He has a long association with New Zealand golf, having served as chairman for seven years.
He oversaw the amalgamation of the men’s and women’s golf bodies and served as president for six years before retiring in December 2018.
A life member of New Zealand Golf, he is CEO of Medical Imaging Company in his home city of Hamilton.