Bognor Regis general manager James Maclean has been named GCMA Manager of the Year.
Collecting the most prestigious award in golf club management, James was hailed at a glittering gala dinner during GCMA 2021 Conference at Wyboston Lakes Resort in Bedfordshire.
An audience of nearly 300 heard how James was described by directors at the West Sussex club as the “true definition of a team player”.
Helping to support the club’s path to relocation while growing revenue and the bottom line, James has overseen a £500,000 improvement in turnover and, in the last five years, a 42 per cent increase in membership.
He follows in the footsteps of Enville’s Heather Mulley, who was crowned in 2019, and Amy Yeates, who won the Manager of the Year prize in 2017.
He said: “This is an absolute honour. I have been a GCMA member for eight or nine years now. I am extremely proud of this Association. I am proud to be a member and they do an absolutely fantastic job for us as serving managers.”
He added: “I am also extremely proud of the Southern region. This isn’t possible without an absolutely incredible team in the background – as I am sure everyone who has ever been lucky enough to win this prize will say.
“I’ve got an incredible team, a young team. They care about what they do.”
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