Three golf clubs, each with an excellent record of growing the game, have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF.
This award, now in its eighth year, recognises GolfMark clubs which have made an outstanding contribution to developing the game through a range of activities.
They are Penrith Golf Club, Erewash Valley Golf Club, Derbyshire; Hinckley Golf Club, Leicestershire.
The three finalists were among 13 nominated clubs, all of a high standard, and were selected by a judging panel from England Golf and the PGA.
The other clubs nominated were: Beds and County Golf Club, Bedfordshire; Bristol & Clifton Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Druids Heath Golf Club, Staffordshire; Mid Sussex Golf Club, Sussex; Mullion Golf Club, Cornwall; The Nottinghamshire Golf Club, Nottinghamshire; Rookery Park Golf Club, Suffolk; The Point at Polzeath Golf Club, Cornwall; St Austell Golf Club, Cornwall; Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club, Somerset.
Abbie Lench, England Golf’s Head of Club Support commented: “The quality of this year’s nominations was very high and the scoring was close run, but it consistently highlighted our final three contenders.”
GolfMark is an England Golf initiative which supports its strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’. The plan calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs.
GolfMark supports clubs to achieve high standards in four areas: recruitment and retention; management and sustainability; coaching and competitions; and safeguarding. Penrith Golf Club achieved this award in May 2015 being one of the first clubs in the North to do so.
Following the short listing process the second stage of the selection process involved a site visit to the three clubs by England Golf officials. The visit to Penrith took place on the 27th January 2016 and included a presentation by club officials highlighting the work around GOLFMARKand the innovative activities that the club has been involved in. It was followed by a comprehensive question and answer session.
Those participating in the presentation for Penrith were ; Joe Grinbergs, Linda Wilson, Chris Malpas, Allan Ellison, Dennis Wright, Allan Dickson, Duncan Miller, Andrew Sowerby and Phil Park. Becky Underwood, County Development Officer from Active Cumbria was also present to give her full backing to the club in the selection process.
The winner of the England Golf award will be announced at a gala dinner in April when representatives of the GolfMark Club of the Year will receive a trophy and a prize from COBRA PUMA GOLF.
Phil Park who led the GolfMark application said on behalf of the club “To get this far in the selection process is a tremendous achievement and follows on from the Cumbria Sports Award as Community Club of the Year 2015. It marks the significant work being done at the club both on and off the course by so many hard working people and the club should be very proud indeed of this recognition at national level”