Portpatrick’s James takes top award

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Portpatrick Golf Club head PGA professional James Erskine walked away with the inaugural TGI Golf Most Improved Business of the Year Award at the group’s gala awards dinner.

The 29-year-old scooped the award of the night at at the Marriott Worsley Park as Europe’s leading golf retail services group, owned by PGA Professionals, honoured its top performing partners and suppliers at the event, which was attended by some of the leading names in the golf industry, including PGA chief executive Sandy Jones.

Erskine saw off tough competition from a number of his peers after a thorough selection process, which saw TGI Golf take into account the views of its retail consultants, head office staff and partner suppliers.

Upon receiving his award, James said: “It’s such an honour to be the first person to win this award. It’s been an extremely tough few years and the support from all my customers and other local golf clubs has been overwhelming. I must thank them all. Our staff and I will continue to work hard and develop the sport within the local community in the future.”

Eddie Reid, TGI Golf managing director, said: “Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award and to all the winners. These days when business is extremely tough and there are many obstacles it is amazing to see people still working hard and pursuing retail excellence.

“There was a lot of competition for all the awards and a strict selection criteria in place for the winners to get through to be crowned, so they are thoroughly deserving of their honours.”