James Erskine - Dumfries & County Golf Club

Dumfries & County PGA Professional James Erskine was crowned Partner of the Year at the annual TGI Golf Awards, staged in Harrogate.

The event, held at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel, also saw PING claim a seventh Partner Supplier of the Year award, as voted for by the group’s Partners.

Erskine took the top gong of the night, seeing off fellow nominees Brendan McGovern (Headfort), Nick Williams (St Enodoc) and Phil Toomer (Shrewsbury Driving Range).

“I’m truly humbled and honoured to have won this award, especially when you look across a Partnership that has such outstanding PGA Professionals across the UK & Ireland. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my members, customers and friends who have supported me through the development of my business.

“My business was founded on giving children the opportunity to play golf at no cost. The Stanley Morrisons charitable trust and Children’s trust founded by fellow TGI Partner Kieron Stevenson, have been instrumental in assisting me along the way to delivering golf to over 20,000 children across a 100 mile area in the south of Scotland in the last decade.

“My staff Ryan, Rogan, Taylor and Rory this award is a great reward for your hard work and first class level of expertise.

“TGI Golf is amazing in supporting our businesses and, for the help of my Retail Consultant Ricky Gray, I feel extremely grateful. His constant dedication and commitment to not only enhance my business and my personal development should be commended.”

Leading figures from the golf industry attended the event where both PGA Professionals and suppliers are recognised for their achievements over the course of the year.

Pro Shop of the Year: Andrew Humphreys – Aberdovey Golf Club (right); presented by
Peter Smyth Retail Consultant (Ireland)

Andrew Humphreys of Aberdovey Golf Club claimed the Pro Shop of the Year award, while the team at Royal Portrush Golf Club won the Marquee Pro Shop of the Year.

Marquee Pro Shop of the Year: Gary McNeill – Royal Portrush Golf Club (right); presented by Simon Keeling Retail Consultant (South England & Wales)
Most Improved Partner of the Year: Ian Ridsdale – Wrag Barn Golf Club

Ian Ridsdale of Wrag Barn Golf Club picked up the Most Improved Business of the Year award, while Mark Butler (Mark Butler Golf Academy) was New Partner of the Year.

Hardware Supplier of the Year: PING- presented by Gordon Stewart, Cawder Golf Club (left); collected by Sales Director Steve Carter (right)


The supplier awards, which are decided upon by the TGI Golf Partners through the group’s annual Supplier Survey, saw PING nominated in every category – a first for the event – and collecting a seventh Partner Supplier of the Year award, while also winning Hardware Supplier of the Year.

Product of the Year: Callaway Rogue ST – presented by Michael Brooks, Pumpherston Golf Club (left); collected by Commercial Director Greg Pearse (right)

Callaway picked up the Product of the Year award for its Rogue ST range, while Peter Millar took the Apparel Supplier of the Year.

Apparel Supplier of the Year: Peter Millar – presented by Alex Keighley, Huddersfield Golf Club (left); collected by MD & President Mark Hilton (right)

Lisa Lovatt, PING Managing Director, said: “To be nominated in every category is such a great achievement, for apparel it’s the first time we’ve been nominated and we are thrilled with that. Every employee at PING strives to give the best service to all our customers, so a huge thank you to them and thank you to all the work that TGI Golf Partners do to represent the brand.

PING – presented by TGI Golf Chairman Mike Bradley, Hollinwell Golf Club (left); collected by PING Managing Director Lisa Lovatt (right)

“We don’t take awards and customer loyalty for granted, on behalf of everyone at PING thank you.”

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As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.