Malton pro Michael wins top award

Malton & Norton GC Pro Michael Brooks, left,  receives his TGI award from group chairman Gordon Stewart
Malton & Norton GC Pro Michael Brooks, left, receives his TGI award from group chairman Gordon Stewart
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Malton & Norton Golf Club’s Head PGA Professional Michael Brooks walked away with the inaugural TGI Golf Partner of the Year Award at the group’s Gala Awards Dinner at the Marriott Worsley Park.

The 41-year-old scooped the top award of the night 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.

Brooks 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, Michael said: “It’s such an honour to be the first person to win this award. It’s been a difficult year but the help we get through the group is invaluable.

“Quite often you can’t see the wood for the trees, which is where people like Ian Martin (TGI Golf senior retail consultant) come in and help with a fresh pair of eyes and a wealth of retail experience.”

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 persuing 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.

“The Partner of the Year award was a very tough one to pick, so extra praise must go to Michael.

“He supports the group by participating in many events and runs a very well stocked shop. He regularly seeks advice from our retail consultants and is always on hand to help fellow TGI Partners and Professionals alike. He is a credit to his profession.”