Debbie Pern is Manager of the Year
The manager of Deeside Golf Club on the western suburbs of Aberdeen has been named the Golf Club Managers’ Association’s Manager of the Year 2012/13.
Debbie Pern is only the second woman to have ever won the competition, sponsored by HowDidiDo and Tonic Golf.
Furthermore, she led the conversion of an unused flat in the clubhouse into a thriving 30-seat conference centre that attracts several external functions per month, and has significantly expanded the club’s catering operation during her tenure.
Debbie, from Morayshire, stated that she was thrilled to win the award but stressed that it is a team effort and a fantastic accolade for the golf club, which has the River Dee flowing along the bottom reaches of its two courses and where Paul Lawrie and his two sons are members.
Part of her prize includes a holiday for two to Rioja in Spain.
Dave Carlisle, manager of Garforth Golf Club, was named runner-up.
Debbie said: “I’m delighted to have won but the achievements were not done on my own. There’s a team at Deeside and they’ve all played their part in contributing to this success.”
Club captain Neil Harper added: “The club is absolutely delighted to hear of Debbie’s achievement. She is a key part of our senior management team and central to much that is great about Deeside Golf Club and its smooth running.
“Members appreciate her capabilities, dedication and cheerful disposition and, with some of them having nominated her, coming out first from a long list of excellent candidates shows Debbie impressed the judges with her style and input to Deeside.”