The General Manager at Newport Golf Club was thrilled to win the award
Warren Ryan was “absolutely honoured” after scooping the prestigious GCMA Manager of the Year award.
The Newport Golf Club General Manager landed the prize amid stiff competition from three other nominees.
Ryan received the award in a room full of his peers at the 2023 GCMA Member Awards, held at a glitzy gala dinner during this year’s Conference at the Leonardo Hotel and Conference Venue Hinckley Island.
“It doesn’t feel quite real to be honest,” he said. “I’m absolutely honoured to be in the same talent pool as we have on display across the UK. It’s a massive privilege.
“I’m thrilled. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet but I’m absolutely over the moon. You have the top-end clubs here and fantastic managers. We’re all here to better the industry so you have people doing fantastic things. To be considered by the judges and my peers that I’m in that same bracket is quite humbling.”
“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet but I’m absolutely over the moon”
Ryan took on the role at Newport in March 2021 after two years as Director of Golf at Castleknock and he praised the efforts of his colleagues.
“I want to thank my team and the golf club – obviously without them this wouldn’t have been possible. We have had a lot of change in the golf club in my time there, but we’ve built up a strong team and we have a clear goal of what we want to achieve.
“Also, my thanks to the board for nominating me. Again, I wouldn’t be here if they didn’t nominate me originally. And thanks to my family and my partner for their support.”
Having attended the GCMA Conference for the first time this year, Ryan was only too happy to recognise the association’s key role in the industry.
“The GCMA’s devotion to education and the provision of different pathways to continue development has been invaluable. Equally, the business meetings and all of the partners of the GCMA has given us access to information or experts that we may not have had without the GCMA, so I’m really grateful for them for all the work they’ve done.”