Archive for October 11th, 2017

Clubs cash in on England Golf deal


SHAKE ON IT: Iain Lancaster (centre) with GMG directors David Valentine (left) and Scott Partington

ENGLAND Golf has partnered with the Golf Management Group (GMG) to help golf clubs cut costs without compromising on quality.

Clubs affiliated to England Golf will receive free GMG membership for a year – usually £149 – which could help them make savings of more than £10,000.

GMG is the second organisation to join England Golf’s new Preferred Partners and Supplier network. This is designed to give clubs access to a range of high quality products and services and, as it develops, will offer increasing value to England Golf’s club support package.

Iain Lancaster, England Golf Club engagement manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome GMG to our developing network and to increase the support we are able to offer clubs to help them grow.

“I am looking forward to announcing more partnerships over the coming months to further demonstrate our commitment in this area.”

GMG is a purchasing alliance, created in 2010 by experienced golf club operators, which sets out to increase profitability for independent clubs across the UK. It uses its collective purchasing power to get significant discounts without compromising on quality or service.

Memberships gives access to teams of experts who look at a club’s expenditure and report back on potential savings in key areas such as energy, insurance and food and beverage.

To complement the procurement benefits GMG members also have access to Contracts-Manager,  an online tool designed to manage all service and utilities contracts. The system will prompt clubs at critical dates when they might wish to look for more competitive arrangements.

Savings will vary depending on the areas each club chooses to review. But GMG would expect that clubs which engage with its top six performing categories would cut costs by over £10,000.

Scott Partington, from GMG. said: “”We are very excited about the partnership with England Golf, it endorses everything we have been doing over the last seven years and will provide significant leverage when negotiating with our supply chain, which should see golf clubs making even greater savings.

“The complimentary membership for affiliated clubs removes any barriers to try our service and we look forward to adding to our current membership of over 550 clubs.”

GMG have joined the XACT group in the Preferred Partners network. XACT provide golf clubs with health and safety and human resources support.



Dransfield at double as he edges out Archer


Jason Dransfield.JPGJASON Dransfield claimed the prized scalp of serial winner Phil Archer after an enthralling Cheshire & North Wales Matchplay Championship final at Wilmslow – the day after sharing top prize in Andrew Murray’s charity pro-am at Stockport.

The Heswall assistant (pictured) admitted he had struggled against Ringway-attached Oliver Pantoja in the semi-finals before eventually prevailing on the home green.

He then stepped up a gear against Birchwood’s Archer, fresh from helping GB&I retain the PGA Cup against the United States at Foxhills, but still found himself two down after five holes.

“I started playing a lot better from the seventh and had a run of six birdies, going one up for the first time on the eleventh,” he recounted.

He also birdied the 13th but a bogey at the 15th reduced the margin to one although he immediately regained the initiative by picking up shots on the ensuing two holes, rolling in from 25 feet on the 16th then settling the issue at the next.

Dransfield, 35, beaten at the first stage last year, recently started his PGA year three course at Heswall after a previous spell at Didsbury.

He added: “I turned professional 12 years ago and played EuroPro Tour and competed in Asia and the United States then, after a break, seized the opportunity to join the PGA.”

Archer edged out Royal Liverpool’s Michael Jones, a previous winner of the title, by one hole in the semi-finals.