Redditch Golf Club's Kerry wins top newcomer management award - The Redditch Standard

Redditch Golf Club's Kerry wins top newcomer management award

Redditch Editorial 19th Nov, 2019   0

REDDITCH Golf Club general manager Kerry Alligan-Smith has won the Newcomer Manager of the Year title at the prestigious Golf Club Management Awards (GCMA) which recognise excellence in golf club management.

The award was presented at the association’s biennial conference in front of more than 300 people at the De Vere Hotel in the Cotswolds during a ceremony which celebrates and recognises the exceptional work of golf club management.

She was nominated for Newcomer of the Year by the management committee at Redditch Golf Club, whose 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 its golf facilities but also financially. Kerry’s efforts have contributed significantly to this result and she continues to give her all for the benefit of our members.”

Alligan-Smith has been general manager at Redditch Golf Club for just two years. Her previous career path included banking, media sales, shopping centre management and managing events at Olympic Park in London, working with high-profile organisations such as UEFA, Global Champions Tour, Swiss Re and Tour de France.

Alligan-Smith, whose only real previous experience of golf had been attending the BMW PGAs event at Wentworth with clients for two years, said: “This is truly a shock to the system and 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.”


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