Proud Prestwick pro sees off Europe’s finest to win top gong at TGI Golf Awards
PRESTWICK GOLF CLUB PGA professional David Fleming has started the new season in perfect style by picking up one of the top awards in the European golf industry.
Fleming, the PGA pro at the golf course which is the birthpace of the Open Championship, was presented with the Pro Shop of the Year award by Europe’s leading golf retail services group, the TGI Golf Partnership, at its prestigious Gala Awards Ceremony in Manchester.
Fleming, 37, saw off competition from TGI Golf’s 450-plus PGA Professionals from across the continent to scoop the award, finishing ahead of fellow nominees John Heggarty, Head Professional at Royal Liverpool, host of the 2014 Open, and Martin Balfour, from Newbury & Crookham Golf Club.
Held at the four-star Marriott Worsley Park Hotel in Manchester in early February, the TGI Golf Partnership Awards Dinner is always attended by some of the biggest names in the golf industry, including PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones.
Fleming’s ‘Pro Shop of the Year’ award was graded on top-class shop presentation, excellent customer service, choice of quality products available and attention to detail.
A clearly delighted Fleming told Scottish Club Golfer that a good awareness of what customers wanted and a lot of hard work from his team was the secret to success.
“We work very hard at doing things right. The guys in the shop, Nicky Sinclair and Allan Todd, are really dedicated. I think what it comes down to is just how you look after people when they come into the shop.”
He added: “It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award and fantastic to receive national recognition for what we do. This provides us with a benchmark for keeping the standard high going forward. A special thanks to my PGA-qualified senior Assistant Nicky and PGA trainee assistant Allan for their hard work and dedication in my business.”
Eddie Reid, Managing Director of The TGI Golf Partnership, added: “David thoroughly deserves this award for the hard work and dedication he has shown to ensuring his Pro Shop at Prestwick Golf Club is one of the best in the area.
“Along with his team at the club he has ensured golf club members and visitors have a beautifully laid out shop where they can find the latest products from golf’s top suppliers, as well as knowledgeable and friendly staff to help with any enquiries.”