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Peter Smith, general manager at Tyneside Golf Club, has become one of the first graduates of the Diploma in Golf Club Management in the UK.

Delivered by the three partner organisations of the Golf Club Management Partnership – the GCMA, the PGA and BIGGA – the ASQ Level 5 Diploma in Golf Club Management covers the core skills required to manage a golf club, from management and leadership to operations, marketing, finances, and innovation and growth.

Peter, who began the qualification in 2019 and completed it ahead of the normal three-year schedule during 2020’s lockdowns, said: “I’m delighted to be the first working manager in our region to complete the diploma, and to be one of only a handful of managers to hold this relatively new qualification in the UK. I’ve learned a great deal on the job in the last 13 years at Matfen Hall and Tyneside, but being able to access the knowledge of the GCMA, the PGA and BIGGA through this course will undoubtedly move our profession forward. I’m incredibly grateful to the members and committee at Tyneside for their support while completing the course. There have been many challenges in the last year, but we now have a fantastic opportunity to make the most of what we’ve learned and been able to do in that time as we look to improve and grow as a members’ club and a business.”