Club Managers Celebrate Success at Awards Ceremony

A number of Golf Club Managers (CMAE members) recently tasted success but this time it was something that took place off the course that was the reason for their celebrations.

Pictured are all the graduates being presented with their qualification by Gregg Patterson, The Beach Club, Santa Monica, California, and Kevin Fish CCM, Chairman of the CMAE education Policy Board.

Congratulations to: 

John Donnelly (Balbirnie Park Golf Club)
John Bryceland (Dullatur Golf Club)
Tom Cummings (Kirkintilloch Golf Club)
Paul Arthur (PGA Professional, Canmore Golf Club)
Gary Abel (Elgin Golf Club)
Anne Burnside (Cowglen Golf Club)
Alan Rodger (Hirsel Golf Club)
John Kemp (S.G.U. Club Development Officer)
Claire Middleton (S.G.U. Club Development Officer)
Jackie Davidson (Clubgolf Scotland Manager)

A number of Club Managers (all CMAE members) recently tasted success as they were recently awarded with the CMAE’s Club Management Diploma at an awards ceremony held at the University of Stirling. On the night Gregg Patterson, The Beach Club, Santa Monica, California was the special guest who presented these managers with their certificates.

Speaking about the course, Kevin Fish, Chairman of the CMAE Education Policy Board (who himself holds the Certified Club Manager qualification CCM) said: 

“It is my pleasure as Chairman of the Education Policy Board for the Club Managers’ Association of Europe to congratulate all the graduates. They are part of an elite group and one of the first in Europe to achieve and be recognized in this way, and I congratulate them and their Clubs for their insight and determination in achieving this award.”

“I hope one day that every club will insist that the senior member of staff at their club has this new qualification. In club management, the CMAE believes that all club managers should participate actively in education programmes as they will learn more about their job, how to solve problems and develop the club’s business, status or reputation, to the benefit of both the manager and the club that employs them.”

The CMAE Diploma is offered to all golf club managers in Scotland thanks to a joint initiative between the Scottish Golf Union (S.G.U.) and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) and covers a number of core competencies (view all) which a modern club manager needs to be aware of in their day to day job. The Diploma is externally verified by Elmwood College and allows club managers to work towards the Certified Club Manager qualification.

Speaking about his qualification one of the graduates John Donnelly, Club Secretary at Balbirnie Park Golf Club said 

“I am extremely proud to be one of the first Club Secretaries in Scotland to achieve this qualification. My club have been very supportive of me going for this qualification and I have already put into practice many aspects relating to the Diplomas Curriculum”.

“I hope to go on to complete my Certified Club Managers Qualification shortly which would be a great achievement for me personally and also for Balbirnie Park Golf Club.”

For more information on the CMAE Club Management Diploma and the CMAE’s Management Development Programme, please visit