Meet the people behind the scenes who help to run your Golf Club Managers’ Association
Terry Minett – is Regional Manager for GCMA Northern region
What is your role?
My role as regional manager is to organise regional business meetings, matches and events, to promote the GCMA in the area, and to represent the region at national level and to control the regions finances. I also act as a conduit for regional cross club support. There is no average day, but if there are no meetings, matches or national events to attend I will spend about an hour a day in my office on GCMA related work.
How did you become involved with the GCMA?
I first got involved in golf club management 13 years ago after a varied career in the corporate world. Joining and being involved in the GCMA, or the Association of Golf Club Secretaries as it was then, was a no-brainer. I wanted support and to share experiences and best practice with other managers regionally and nationally.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
After retiring from club management, I enjoy managing the region because it keeps me involved in golf management regionally and nationally. Over the years I have made many friends throughout the GCMA and I enjoy that continued contact.
How has the association changed since you first become involved?
At my first AGM as the national executive representative for the Northern region, the association ratified the change of name from AGCS to GCMA and we have moved forward year on year. Recognition of the GCMA in the golf industry has improved no end, but the GCMA must continue to strive to be the number one support organisation for golf club managers.
What opportunities lie ahead for the GCMA?
Education at every level is paramount and as someone once said “better golf club managers make better golf clubs”. Every golfer will know of The R&A, PGA and England Golf and I believe the GCMA must endeavour to achieve this recognition and status. I consider greater understanding and appreciation of the key role of the GCMA by all golf club members is vital to continued growth of the association.
What has been a recent golfing highlight?
The British Masters was held in the region at Close House last September. Well done to both Jonathan Greenwood and Jonathan Lupton for bringing the event to the North East and making it a great success.