THE general manager of Redditch Golf Club has clinched a top Newcomer of the Year Award – despite not playing golf herself.
Kerry Alligan-Smith triumphed at the prestigious Golf Club Management Awards (GCMA) which recognises excellence in golf club management.
The award was presented at the association’s biennial conference at the De Vere Hotel in the Cotswolds.
Kerry was nominated for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by the management committee at Redditch Golf Club.
Club president Phil Guise said: “Ever since Kerry started with us she has shown a commitment beyond that expected of her.
“She had to cope with the fact she did not play golf and therefore did not immediately understand the often peculiar nuances of the game both on and off the course.
“She took this in her stride and has built on her hard work and commitment to provide an efficient working environment with the emphasis on positive thinking.
“She is always available to discuss all matters relating to the club and has brought her not inconsiderable skills from her previous business positions into play and combined them to great effect at our club.
“We can now boast a club which is strong in not only for its golf facilities but also financially.
Kerry’s efforts have contributed significantly to this result, and this prestigious award is testament to her abilities.”
Kerry Alligan-Smith has been general manager for just two years having previously worked in banking, media sales, shopping centre management and managing events at Olympic Park in London as well as working with organisations such as UEFA, Global Champions Tour, and Tour de France.
Her only real previous experience of golf had been attending the BMW PGAS event at Wentworth with clients for two years.
She said: “This is truly a shock to the system, something for our members and visitors to be proud of.
“I am extremely humbled and overwhelmed by the support within the club, the GCMA, all the finalists, Industry experts and everyone who was there at this superb event.”