Heather Mulley crowned GCMA 2019 Manager of the Year

Llanishen GC and Kerry Alligan-Smith also pick up awards.

Heather Mulley – General Manager of Enville Golf Club in Staffordshire – has been named the GCMA 2019 Manager of the Year.

The most prestigious awards in golf club management took place at the GCMA Conference at De Vere Cotswold Water Park in South Cerney on Monday night (11 November).

Heather, described by her nominee as an “outstanding manager with a unique style”, received her award from Jamie Abbott – MD of intelligentgolf.

The judging panel was particularly impressed with Heather’s work to develop women and girls participation, her leadership in the club’s hosting of the R&A Girls Amateur Championship, and her tactful leadership in difficult situations.

Bob Williams, GCMA CEO, said:

The GCMA Golf Club Management Awards reward the exceptional performers in our industry. Manager of the Year is the ultimate acknowledgement of excellence, and Heather is a truly worthy winner. As ever, the judging process was incredibly tough, and credit to all the finalists. However, it’s clear that Heather is an extraordinary manager who is clearly held in high regard at Enville, and fully deserves this accolade.

The Team of the Year prize, sponsored by Biral and presented by Hugo Aniksztejn, stayed in Wales, following Llanishen GC’s triumph. Led by general manager Martin Stevens, head greenkeeper Mark Wilshire and head professional Adrian Jones have grown green fee income grow by 46%, playing membership is now full, and bar and catering are booming with income increased by nearly 30%

The first award of the evening, Newcomer of the Year, was presented by Henry Irwin of Fortress Wealth Partnership to Kerry Alligan-Smith, from Redditch Golf Club.

Having run Redditch for 2 years, the panel were impressed by Kerry’s unique set of talents and transferable skills, as well as her dedication to the role.

The proactive ideas she brings to increase membership, her engagement with the local community, and the club’s clever use of social media have all attracted new members and renewed Redditch’s popularity.

Stanedge’s Fame Tate – the other finalist in the Newcomer category – also received a special commendation award, such was the difficulty in separating the two nominees.

GCMA Golf Club Management Awards Winners:

Manager of the Year sponsored by intelligentgolf

Heather Mulley Enville

Stephen Nicholson Haydock Park
Karl Adams Radcliffe on Trent
Adam Grint Gerrards Cross

Team of the Year sponsored by Biral

Llanishen GC
Martin Stevens, Mark Wilshire, Adrian Jones

Chigwell GC led by Ben Driver

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Fortress Wealth Partnership

Kerry Alligan-Smith Redditch

Fame Tate Stanedge

By Mike Hyde

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