News Roundup

•BGL continues to raise the bar with unwavering commitment to staff development

Burhill Group Limited (BGL) continues to lead the way in providing professional development opportunities for its employees as the Group celebrates the start of 2021 with a raft of new achievements earned by members of staff across the company.

Despite circumstantial challenges through 2020, BGL has successfully invested in internal staff development and apprenticeship schemes. Recently, the Group has made a strong move towards providing staff with the tools required to further their qualifications using online training as well as covering the cost of exams and courses – utilising the increased access to online learning for many through Covid-19 restrictions. 

The ongoing investment continues to pay dividends, with numerous staff members celebrating the turn of the new year with a new qualification to their name. This not only represents individual success, but also the Group’s unwavering desire to encourage growth from within. Despite 2020 proving to be one of the most turbulent years in recent history, BGL has remained steadfast in its pursuit to grow and develop its people and their careers.

As a result of these accomplishments, BGL has an increasingly talented pool of staff who are well equipped and extremely motivated to continue driving the company forward in years to come. 

“We are totally committed to developing our people,” commented BGL CEO, Colin Mayes. 

“By giving our staff the opportunity to develop their skills and qualifications, we are also providing them with an opportunity to grow and rise through the ranks in our business. 

“We believe in the people that we have working for us; we give them the tools that they need to develop and, in doing so, create BGL business leaders that will be integral for the success of our sites and our Group in the future. 

“We have had a great number of staff securing reputable qualifications recently and we want to celebrate their achievements. Ultimately it’s their hard work that has paid off here.” 

Leading from the front, Group Operations Director, Guy Riggott, seized the opportunity to further his personal development by taking on a fast-track residential course, studying for a Certificate in Company Direction from The Institute of Directors (IOD). He then went on to  sit and pass four developmental exams through the same body, obtaining two distinctions.

Elsewhere in the head office leadership team, Group Head of Marketing, Sophie Burke, has completed the first year of a two-year Chartered Status Plan with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), while Andrew Bennett, the Group’s Property Manager, has gained his Chartered Surveyor status. 

In addition, at site level, Sarah Blunden, General Manager at Wycombe Heights Golf Centre, and Stuart Perry, General Manager of The Shropshire Golf Centre, both completed level one of the Management Development Programme (MDP) for the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) which covered all aspects of management within a club setting. 

Moreover, at headquarters, Bala Badiga, Group Procurement and Food and Beverage Manager, has successfully completed a Supply Management Course with the Institute of Purchasing, while Heather Pickerill, Group HR Manager, has gained a mental health training qualification. 

There have also been a staggering number of other online courses taken and passed by members of staff across the entire Group through 2020. Over the last 30 days, there have been over a thousand courses completed using the BGL Online Training Academy platform, which brings the total number for the last 12 months up to 14,265.

“It’s a great testament to the long-term pledge that we made as a company to advance the careers of our people when we see individual success on such a grand scale,” Mayes added. 

“At the end of the day, the motivation to improve and develop oneself must come from within and we will always support and help all our people who have that desire. Moving forward we will continue to support our staff in every way possible to help them gain qualifications, develop their skills and grow their careers, and ultimately, our business.”  

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PING re-signs Tyrrell Hatton

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, who has enjoyed a string of victories and high finishes worldwide in recent months, renewed his equipment contract with PING, the company announced today. Terms of the agreement were not released.

“You could hardly turn on a golf telecast over the past year-and-a-half and not see Tyrrell among the leaders, and on a few occasions, he’s been holding the trophy at the end,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. 

“Tyrrell has won six times since 2016 and has climbed to 9th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He’s brought the success he achieved on the European Tour over to the states, where in March he earned his first PGA Tour victory on a big stage at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

“We appreciate his competitiveness and determination, and we’re proud to be associated with a truly international player who can compete with anyone, anywhere. His record of consistency proves that.”

In addition to his PGA Tour win, Hatton has five European Tour victories, most recently in October at that tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, where he gave the G425 driver its first title on its professional debut. The 29-year-old has had four top-10s at majors and was a member of the victorious Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup. He is pleased to be continuing his years-long affiliation with PING.

“There’s a comfort level with the people at PING and with their clubs tee to green that gives me a lot reassurance and confidence that I’m always in a good position to play my best golf,” Hatton said. 

“I have enjoyed working with PING for a number of years now, and the team know exactly what I need to compete at the highest level. I’m excited for the future knowing that I will continue to have PING as part of my team”.

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•Titleist And Footjoy Announced As Official Sponsors Of Women’s Golf Day

Titleist and FootJoy have joined the Women’s Golf Day sponsor family as the Official Golf Ball and Official Footwear Sponsors, respectively, of Women’s Golf Day (WGD) 2021.  These highly respected golf industry leaders join WGD’s mission to engage, empower and support women and girls through the game of golf.  Together, Women’s Golf Day, Titleist and FootJoy are striving to bring more women and juniors into the game of golf than ever before through education and opportunity.

“The growth and impact of Women’s Golf Day aligned well with our corporate dedication to engage with more women and girls than ever before,” comments Alicia Madden, Director of Media Acushnet Company.  “We actively support women’s golf at every level of the game and are excited to see how this new partnership will enable us all to bring new players into the game and support those who have already fallen in love with the sport.”

Women’s Golf Day takes place on June 1, 2021.  Throughout 2021, Acushnet Company, the parent company of Titleist and FootJoy, will work in conjunction with the WGD team to introduce new and innovative ways to engage and educate women about the opportunities that exist within golf.  Since its inception in 2016, Women’s Golf Day has been hosted in over 900 location in 68 countries and this new relationship will benefit both the VIP Membership and broad ambassador and location network that supports the international movement.   

Elisa Gaudet, Founder of WGD is delighted with this new partnership which heralds a fantastic start to 2021.  She comments: “It is thanks to the commitment of individuals and organizations like Titleist and FootJoy, who are prioritizing the women’s game, that WGD is able to continue to grow from strength to strength. We look forward to partnering with them in this mission. Having these brands as part of our community makes us very proud and I am excited to see how we can work together to determine the future of our sport around the world.”

Locations wishing to host a Women’s Golf Day event on June 1, 2021 can register at 

Men and women who wish to join the VIP Membership network are welcome to learn more at

•59club Putting The Success In Succession

59club; the leading sales & service analysts and training provider, have today announced its exciting new personal development programme: ‘Succession’.

The initiative is open to all managers, their deputies, and other rising stars within their business, whether they work with 59club or not. It is designed to support you to reach your full potential within your current role, whilst expanding learning opportunities, career progression and personal growth. What’s more, annual membership is priced at just £59 per annum per person. The key contract holder at any 59club client venue will receive access to Succession at no cost throughout 2021.

59club CEO Simon Wordsworth said; “59club’s mantra is to ‘Measure-Train-Support’, and Succession delivers on the latter two core elements. By making it affordable and open to all managers/prospective managers, it allows us to engage with the forward thinkers in our industry, people that want to learn and improve”. 


Taking on many forms, in its simplest guise Succession contains 3 core elements; ‘In the ether’ acts as a hub that connects individuals with the goal of developing fresh ideas and new perceptions. Learning is supported by an extensive library furnished with video, audio, and documents, plus access to online monthly panels and live webinars hosted by experts from differing industries. These learning vehicles centred around relevant topic matter, are designed to expand an individual’s performance and their ability to make an impact. 59club has worked with a number of contributors to develop unique e-learning courses that are creative, interactive, and truly relevant to either the manager or the team under them. This area of the platform will grow significantly over the coming months. 

To give a flavour of what’s to come: a small soft launch pre-Christmas saw a number of 59club associates join England Manager, Gareth Southgate as he led a seminar around ‘leadership styles & changing cultures’. An earlier panel was also invited to join Harry Redknapp as he discussed his 34 years experiences managing at all levels of professional football, with Succession aiming to take much of its inspiration from other sports and leading individuals from outside the world of golf. When Succession launches on January 18th, it will host a really insightful piece based on “leading teams” with England Cricket Captain, Joe Root just before he flew to Sri Lanka. 

Succession’s second element ‘On the road’; will include a number of live events throughout the year. The first ‘learn and play’ event, subject to COVID-19 measures being relaxed will be hosted in April, at England’s National Football Training Centre, St George’s Park, conceived around a morning of education of the highest quality, a tour of the venue, and in the afternoon, a walking football tournament with training from LMA ambassador managers.

Finally, but by no means least, the ‘On the course’ activities will see business leaders and golf loving sports personalities quizzed around their life lessons & achievements, in a regular spot called ‘Buggy Banter’ and ‘Mower Mayhem’ – supported by 59club partners; Club Car and Toro of course!!

Wordsworth added; “Succession aims to build upon the talents and qualifications that managers already possess, by providing a vault of additional information, learning resources and unique opportunities to further enhance those prerequisite skills. 

“We’re looking to expand the horizons of those in managerial positions, assisting them to thrive within their existing role, whilst supporting them and their deputies to succeed throughout their chosen career paths. 

“We have built Succession with your time in mind, so you consume it at your pace, when and wherever you wish. One of the best examples of this ‘time focus’ is the ‘tombola’ carousel where each week managers will be able to access a 30-minute staff training session of bitesize learning. As a manger, you want to learn and should do, but you simply have no time – Succession will help.

“We’re not going to sit there and teach you how to analyse a P&L or complete a VAT return, we'll leave that to other bodies. Succession is here to top up, add the finishing touches to you as an individual”. 


Succession is a credit to the collaboration between 59club and its long-term major partners Club Car, Golf Genius and Toro, plus 3dIFS and CGI Insurance. For more information either visit or reach out to your regional 59club Manager today.