Craig Mackie is star of TGI event; PING and FootJoy scoop key awards
PING claims TGI Supplier Award; FootJoy wins Apparel Supplier Award; Scotscraig pro Craig Mackie is the star of the night.
Above: Partner of the Year Craig Mackie (right) of Scotscraig GC is presented with his award by 2014 Partner of the Year Mike Bradley (Notts GC)
Craig Mackie, head PGA professional at Scotscraig GC, took the top honour at the TGI Golf Partnership awards last week when he walked off with the Partner of the Year title.
The annual event, this year staged at The Belfry, brought together Partners of golf’s innovative retail services group and influential figures from the golf industry to celebrate those who had excelled over the last 12 months.
PING took the evening’s other top award – Partner Supplier of the Year – in a hotly contested category that included both Acushnet brands Titleist and FootJoy.
Mackie, who has been a Partner of TGI Golf since 2005, saw off competition from fellow nominees Ryan Pudney (Mundesley), Paul Stevenson (Portadown) and Richard Lambert (Crosland Heath).
The 37-year-old from Tayport is a fully committed Partner, attending every one of the group’s events in 2015, including travelling as first reserve for the Ashworth Cup, where he supported his teammates from the side as they took on rivals Foremost Golf.
He said: “Thank you to all the TGI Golf Partners, the staff and our Suppliers who have all been extremely supportive. All Partners are worthy of this award, it’s difficult out there for everyone, and so to win is an incredible honour.
“Without the support of TGI Golf and the staff, business would be a lot harder, we are all incredibly thankful for their hard work, professionalism and ‘can do attitude’.”
Eddie Reid, TGI Golf managing director, who sat on the judging panel along with senior management and the group’s Retail Consultants, added: “Craig fully deserves to join this illustrious list of Partners who have won this award. He embraces everything TGI Golf has to offer.
“He has been a true ambassador for the group, encouraging any PGA professionals he is connected with to join TGI Golf and make the most of the same benefits he has.”
Above: Steve Carter, PING European sales director (right) collects the Supplier of the Year award from TGI Golf chairman Paul McEvoy (Clitheroe GC)
PING claimed its second Supplier of the Year crown having collected the award two years ago. It was the only double winner on the night as the PING G30 picked up a second successive Product of the Year award.
Steve Carter, PING European sales director, was warmly applauded as he collected the award for his company, saying: “In 1959, when PING started, the PGA professional was at the heart of the business. While the industry has evolved since then, our support of pro’s remains very strong. We appreciate everything that you, as PGA professionals, and TGI Golf as a group, do for us and we will focus on everything we do to ensure we earn your support, year after year.”
A total of eight awards were presented over the course of the evening with other winners including Pro Shop of the Year – Ronnie Bolton (Burnham Beeches), Most Improved Business went to Andy Rhodes (Keighley) and Paul Vaughan of Ardglass GC was New Partner of the Year.
Supplier awards also went to FootJoy (Apparel Supplier of the Year) and Titleist (Hardware Supplier of the Year).
FootJoy’s victory in this category has to be seen as highly impressive, given the relatively new activity by the brand in the clothing sector.
But deserved it has to be: the supplier awards are voted for by TGI Golf’s 480 PGA professionals across the UK & Ireland through its annual Supplier Survey, where Partners score suppliers in a range of categories.
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