ECEF award bursaries to boost career development to women and aspiring managers

The ECEF have awarded five bursaries to attend CMAE’s MDP1 course to start on CMAE’s Club Management Education pathway and boost the recipients career development.

Three Women in Club Management bursaries, supported by The R&A, were awarded to Jenna McKeown, Irena Vitola and Maike Stradt.

In addition, Holly Crompton was awarded the Young Managers Bursary and a part bursary also awarded to Molly Pavey.

Jenna McKeown commented “I would like to thank the judging panel for selecting me as one of the lucky recipients of the award, and I would also like to thank my club, Old Course Ranfurly for their support of me and my ongoing personal development.

“The club management space, and indeed the golf industry as a whole is male dominated but across the country there is a lot of great work happening to improve this balance.  Personally, I want to have a positive impact as a female working in golf at Old Course Ranfurly, but also within golf in Scotland.  It is inspiring to see women in leadership positions across the golf industry in organisations such as the R&A, PGA and Scottish Golf and gives me the belief that I can also make a positive impact.

“The MDP pathway is something that I have been striving towards getting started on, and this Bursary now gives me an incredible opportunity to do so; I can’t wait to get started.”

Molly Pavey also commented “”I am very proud to be one of the recipients of this year’s Young Manager bursaries. Having access to education that will help me develop my own skills is incredibly important at this stage in my career, and I am excited to be able to apply this knowledge to my day to day work here at Bramshaw Golf Club.”

Holly Crompton added “Wow! I’m really surprised and happy. I can’t believe I was selected out of so many applications. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and excited to learn more about club operations. I can’t wait to see how far this journey will take me, my club, and my career. Thank you so much.’”

Irena Vitola added “”I was very surprised when received the letter that I won the Women in Golf Management Bursary 2023. I feel proud of my accomplishment and I will use this opportunity to further grow personally and professionally as a golf manager to give back to my club and golf community in Latvia.”

Maike Stradt said ““I am very pleased to have been awarded this bursary and am excited to learn more and progress my career within the golf industry further.

I look forward to attending the course and connecting with people in similar roles to myself. “

CMAE CEO Torbjorn Johansson commented “ECEF had a tough job to go through all applications from around Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa. It was amazing to read all applicants stories on how they want to attend education to advance in their career. The people chosen in the end represent a strong part of the club industry and we look forward having them on our programme.”

Holly Crompton

Maike Stradt

Irena Vitola

Jenna McKeown

Molly Pavey