Players 1st took to the stage at the 2023 Golf Club Manager Association (GCMA) Awards, sponsoring and presenting the new Outstanding Contribution award to JR Jones, the President of the GCMA.
This Monday, the Golf Club Manager Association (GCMA) hosted its annual awards ceremony at the Leonardo Hotel and Conference Venue Hinckley Island. Nearly 300 GCMA members and guests attended the evening celebrations, which included the presentation of three new award categories this year.
Players 1st had the distinct honour of sponsoring and presenting the new Outstanding Contribution award, a prestigious recognition of a GCMA member's remarkable dedication and contributions to the industry, colleagues, or the Association.
The award went to JR Jones, the longstanding President of the association, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the role he has held since 2007.
This year marks the first time that Players 1st has been involved with the GCMA Awards in a sponsorship capacity, which builds on the company's partnership as a Business Partner of the GCMA since 2022.
As part of this collaboration, Amelia Lewis, Players 1st Regional Manager for the UK, presented a breakout session during the conference to an engaged group of about 50 delegates. The session was titled ‘Using data to inform employee and member retention strategies’ and delved into insights from three specific employee and volunteer research pieces, combined with case studies.
Aligned with the conference theme of 'Team Culture,' Players 1st had the chance to convey their vision for growing the game of golf by helping clubs and federations enhance their guest and member experiences through customer experience management. The winner of the Outstanding Contribution award shared this vision by emphasising the importance of adding value to the sport, particularly highlighting the people within the teams.
Focusing on the people and staff is crucial to grow the game and is highlighted as one of the predictions for golf in 2023. The GCMA Awards and the related conference are perfect examples of how we can recognise people working relentlessly every day to add value to the game, making it enjoyable for both regular golfers and newcomers.
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