Andrew Minty is youngest ever Golf Club Manager of the Year

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 16, 2015 23:09

The director of golf at Langland Bay Golf Club, Andrew Minty, has been named the Golf Club Managers’ Association’s (GCMA) Golf Club Manager of the Year, the most prestigious award in golf club management.

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Andrew Minty, with 2014 winner Emma Clifford

 

Minty, 34, is both the youngest ever winner of the award and the first manager of a Welsh golf club to be crowned best golf club manager of the year in the UK. His prize includes a trip to Thailand.

Minty took over the role at Langland Bay in 2010 and transformed the club’s marketing to the extent that in recent months Sky Sports, the BBC and Visit Wales have all showcased the venue. This has been credited as the main reason why the club’s membership has almost doubled during his tenure from 560 to 996, and green fee income nearly trebled from £34,000 per year to £81,000. There have also been projects at the club to introduce beginners to golf, which have led to 120 trying the game and 85 of them joining the club, and there has been a well received restructuring of the golf course in the last four years.

Minty himself was the youngest person in the UK to gain the PGA’s director of golf qualification, which he achieved aged 28, and Langland Bay was named the Golf Union of Wales’ ‘Golf Club of the Year’ in 2013.

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The GCMA received over 140 nominations for the Golf Club Manager of the Year, and Andrew was selected as one of four finalists, along with Phil Bonsall from Piltdown Golf Club, Tracy Rawlinson from Warrington Golf Club and Allison Malham from Seaton Carew Golf Club.

The competition is sponsored by HowDidiDo and Fairstone.

HowDidiDo Media’s managing director Barry Dyett said: “Andrew’s achievements speak for themselves. He is a worthy winner and a credit to the industry.”

Fairstone Group’s Verony Chalmers added: “We are delighted that Andrew has received the recognition for his outstanding achievements at Langland Bay. A truly exceptional manager.”

Bob Williams, GCMA CEO, said: “The GCMA club management awards reward our industry’s strongest performers, and Manager of the Year is the ultimate accolade. Picking a winner is never easy, but Andrew is a thoroughly deserving winner. His achievements at Langland Bay are certainly deserving of this recognition and the whole GCMA would like to congratulate Andrew, and his team, for the excellent work of the past year.”

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 16, 2015 23:09
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