The UK Golf Federation has given more details about the impressive panel of speakers who will be talking about the search for golf’s new normal on 2-4 March and GolfBIC online’s three important initiatives – Business Support – Products and Services – Industry Vision – which will help to ensure value and insight into maximising all our businesses in 2021.
Lodewijk Klootwijk – Chief Executive of the Golf Course Association Europe
Lodewijk is passionate about the growth of the game of golf. He is dedicated to find what it takes to get and keep people in golf. In his 25 years in the golf industry in various roles he keeps picking up new insights.
The Golf Course Association of Europe represents 14 national golf course associations and more than 1.100 courses in 21 countries in Europe. The Association has three main goals: Grow the Game of Golf, Represent the Golf Courses on a European level and Professionalise the golf business.
Lodewijk is also chief executive of the Dutch Golf Course Association, a member of the advisory council of the Golf Environment Organisation, and treasurer of the Dutch Turfgrass Research Foundation. Lodewijk has been in the golf business since he graduated at the University of Amsterdam. He has managed various golf courses in Holland. He did various presentations and was voted best keynote in 25 years at the NGCOA Canada Conference.
Eddie Reid – Managing Director, TGI Golf Partnership
Eddie Reid has been named among the ‘most powerful in European golf by influential US publication Golf Inc and has more than 30 years’ of retail experience. He has been instrumental in developing the TGI Golf Partnership into one of golf’s leading retail services group, assisting the UK and Ireland’s leading PGA Professionals and golf venues to run successful and profitable retail businesses. He became Managing Director in 2007 having previously been the group’s first employee as a retail development manager. In his time at the helm the group has enjoyed steady year-on-year growth with the company now turning over in excess of £110m through its retail partners – a substantial increase from the £15m of collective retail in 2002.
Phil Anderton – R&A Chief Development Officer
Phil Anderton joined the R & A as Chief Development Officer in August 2020, taking on the responsibilities for the operational and strategic activities of Golf Development and Amateur Championships, with the additional responsibility for Sustainability, the British Golf Museum and for The R&A’s overseas operations in Singapore and Argentina.
Phil has a wealth of knowledge and experience of implementing and delivering on business strategy: he has worked in brand management at Procter and Gamble, Global Strategic Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company, general management roles at Scottish Rugby Union, Hearts Football Club and the ATP Tour, where Phil was Chairman of the ATP Finals and he has latterly run his own business consultancy.
Fame Tate – Owner, Stanedge Golf Club
In 2004 Fame Tate turned professional with a handicap of +5 and played across the world achieving top ten places in professional competitions. Sadly, Fame had to retire as a playing professional from the tour in 2010 due to injury. In 2012 Fame launched, the Fame Golf Academy which she set up to coach and introduce people to golf.
Following working as a coach at Tapton Park Golf Club and Barlborough Links Golf Club, Fame grabbed a rare opportunity to purchase here own golf club, when Stanedge Golf Club closed at the end of 2018. Fame acquired the facility and has turned it around in a very short space of time from a run-down clubhouse and neglected golf course to a thriving golf club and place to be.
Fame was chosen to coach at the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, worked as part of the coaching staff at the Ladies Open Golf Championship at Woburn and had been asked by the R&A to work in the “Swing Zone” at the 2020 Open Golf Championship at Royal St. George’s in Kent
Fame now focuses all her time and energy into her vision for Stanedge Golf Club, where “we aim to make golf fun and accessible at Stanedge GC to both visitors and members alike. We have developed a very inclusive and open policy, allowing people to feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed whilst enjoying their experience at the golf club either on the course, in the clubhouse or learning to play the game with the help of our PGA Professional staff.”
For more details about the panel of speakers see https://golfbic.online/main-auditorium/
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