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Andrew Wildman

Andrew Wildman – PGA Retail professional and Event Management Consultant and GM of the below

  • Corporate Golf Solutions
  • Interlock
  • MyGolfPro – The Bryanston Country Club Pro Shop and Eagle Canyon Pro Shop
  • VPAR Limited
What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?

 

It started when I was 17. I began working weekends in the Pro shop at CCJ while at school. After school I did my apprenticeship under Peter Nichols and moved on from there. I always loved golf and found on course shops very enjoyable environments to work in. I then saw an opportunity in event management. Companies lacked the skills and resources to manage their own golf events and I feel we have contributed a lot to helping companies see a return on their Corporate Golf Initiatives and keep golf top of mind in the Corporate Space.

 

How long have you been in your current position?

 

We started our business in 2001 so 20 years now.

 

What does your job entail?

 

I oversee the progress, staff management and financial elements of each operation. That includes literally a bit of everything on any given day. It could be meeting a Corporate to plan their next golf event or selling merchandise. Working in any of our shops and spending time with members, handling a buy for our business or creating financial reports. We are a very diverse business in golf so every day can be quite different from the next.

 

Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?

 

We are pushing for our corporate customers to become as environmentally friendly in the events that they hold. We also trying to help our clubs with their environmental sustainability initiatives.

 

 

Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position  After completing my apprenticeship, I joined 18 Global under Ian James and Greg Smith. From there I created a partnership with Bradley Forge and began our event management Company – Corporate Golf Solutions. As this business expanded, we went into on course retail partnering with Paul Alves at The Bryanston Country Club Pro Shop. We have taken on various opportunities to expand our business such as VPAR and Under Armour Corporate Agencies and thankfully we have been able to survive so far.

 

 

Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate to win this award?

 

Well there are many more successful PGA Professionals than me, I think I would be an inspiration to the younger generation who are wanting to establish and grow their own golf businesses. I started mine when I was 21 years old. I have no degree or qualification outside my PGA qualification and a pretty lousy matric behind me. But I have managed to learn and grow over the years and have learnt through the school of “hard no knocks” in the real world. It has taken time but I have gained a good understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in this industry.