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The TGI Annual Conference & Awards, St. Andrews, February 2018

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I've been the Head Pro here now since March 2015 and can honestly say that I love my job - well it's made easier for me as I love golf and golf is my business! 

I've never been nominated for any award - yes, I've won golf tournaments before - but I have to say this is totally different.  I was absolutely delighted to have got the call from Paul at TGI back in December to say that, alongside another 3 Pro's, I had been nominated for 'The Most Improved Business of 2017' Award.  I was surprised to say the least and humbled - moreso on Tuesday night when my name was called out on winning!

I have reflected quite a bit over these last few years on the changing trends in golf, especially private members clubs.  At Eastwood, we are without doubt, moving with the times - with a high-tec indoor teaching studio, fully equipped for custom fitting and coaching and a full retail/repair service in the Pro Shop - it's all going on here!  Membership is on the rise here and the people who play here enjoy it and make the most of their golf/work balance. 

However, with the presence of the big stores such as American Golf, Golf Shop Online etc it becomes increasingly difficult for the Club Pro to compete with price-matching etc - but for me, I always try to do my best in terms of price.  On the flip side of that, what you do get is PGA Professional service and advice - all the way.  Anything from what type of grips you need/how many layers of tape, advice on shoes, waterproofs, golf bags - clubs, custom fitting right through to coaching - it's EXPERT advice and support.  These big conglomerates don't offer you that.

When I was in St. Andrews on Tuesday night, I was in company of many PGA Pro's from around the UK and it was great (not to mention worthwhile) to catch up with these guys.  What was obvious to me was the common focus in business between us all - customer service and value for money - that's the role of the PGA Pro in my opinion.  Someone who is here for YOU, the golfer, to give you advice, offer you support - maybe at a time when your game has left you ..... not to mention all other aspects of golf.

So, to this end, I'd like to thank those who voted for me at TGI, all the members at Eastwood and all my coaching clients who support me in my golfing business.  I will continue to strive to provide the best service to you!

 

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