The improvements to the 2008 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championships – which culminated in a thrilling climax at historic Moortown Golf Club in Leeds earlier this month – have been welcomed by the company’s managing director, Colin Mee.
Some 650 professionals took part in regional qualifiers for the championship and 156 players from eight regions made it through to the hotly-contested final, where Glenmuir increased its brand presence and took the opportunity to showcase its new Glenmuir and Performance logos.
High quality banners and branding was present around the 1st tee, 18th green and the driving range and the latest Glenmuir Spring/Summer 08 and Autumn/Winter 2008 brochures were available in the Moortown clubhouse.
Said Colin, “The addition of live scoring for the first time and the increased Glenmuir branding certainly added to the atmosphere and increased the profile of the event.
“Glenmuir has supported the PGA Professional Championship for more than 21 years and we look forward to continuing this relationship, which underpins the country’s leading tournament for club professionals.”
The 2008 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship was won in the wind and the rain by West Berkshire’s Paul Simpson after a thrilling sudden death play off with Andrew Barnett from North Wales.
During the Pro-Am prior to the championship, Burnley GC Junior Section was presented with a winner’s plaque and £1,000 worth of clothing from the new Glenmuir Junior clothing range for winning a competition to find the junior section of the year.
The Lancashire-based club was adjudged the overall winner in the Glenmuir sponsored competition while Kames Country Club, Roe Park Golf Club and Trefloyne Golf Club finished first in Scotland, Ireland and Wales respectively.
Clubs were judged by an illustrious panel including former European Tour supremo Ken Schofield, Golf Foundation chief executive Mike Round, Duncan Weir from the R&A and broadcaster Renton Laidlaw.
There were just six junior members when the club’s PGA professional Matt Baker, 34, launched a junior initiative three-and-a-half years ago. Now the junior section is 80-strong and another 40 youngsters turn up regularly for weekly coaching sessions.
All clubs that entered were rated on a range of criteria including size of junior section, coaching programmes available, initiatives to encourage girls to play, and access to practice facilities.
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