THE managing secretary of Crail Golfing Society, David Roy, has joined an elite band of only 20 club managers in Europe to achieve the highest qualification for club management.
At the end of a five year process, he has passed the final seven hour examination to be awarded the accolade as a certified club manager.
The CCM qualification, which is held by only one other club manager in Scotland, is awarded by the Club Managers’ Association of Europe (CMAE).
“I’m sure all our members will join me in offering David our heartiest congratulations on his terrific success,” said Richard Clifford, captain of Crail Golfing Society.
“The society, like all clubs in Scotland, is facing challenges in the current economic climate and it’s a great reassurance to know that we have a manager who is qualified to the highest standard.”
David (43) said: “It’s been an arduous and long journey, but very worthwhile.
“The training courses that have to be taken cover all aspects of managing a golf club and include obvious topics such as membership, green keeping, clubhouse management, finance and marketing, but also extend to club law, governance and human resources.”
David, who is married and lives in Springfield, has been in charge at Crail since March 2005, having previously occupied the same position for five years at Shirley Golf Club in Surrey and for five years at Linlithgow Golf Club.
Crail Golfing Society, which was formed in 1786, is the seventh oldest golf club in the world and has two courses – Balcomie Links, laid out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris, and Craighead Links, designed by the 2009 winner of the Golf Course Architect of the Year award, Gil Hanse.
It has a membership of 1400 from all parts of the world.