Shortlist announced for GolfMark Club of the Year award 2013

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Three golf clubs, each with an outstanding record of working with juniors and beginners, have been shortlisted for the prestigious GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF.

The finalists are Upton-by-Chester Golf Club, Cheshire; Garon Park Golf Club, Essex; and Leamington & County Golf Club, Warwickshire.

They have each been visited by judges from England Golf and the winner will be announced at the 2013 County Golf Development Conference on 7 February. The GolfMark Club of the Year will receive a national trophy and a prize from COBRA PUMA GOLF.

This award, now in its fifth year, recognises GolfMark clubs which have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to junior and beginner golf.

The three finalists were among 20 nominated clubs, all of a high standard, which demonstrated their commitment to junior and beginner golf through their activities and approach. A judging panel from the England Golf Partnership selected the shortlisted clubs.

The other clubs nominated were: Abbey Hill, Buckinghamshire; Mullion and St Austell, Cornwall; Weymouth and Sturminster Marshall, Dorset; Brickhampton, Gloucestershire; West Herts, Hertfordshire; Tenterden, Kent; Thorpe on the Hill, Lincolnshire; Barnham Broom, Norfolk; Northampton, Northamptonshire; Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire; Market Drayton, Shropshire; Roehampton, Surrey; Lewes and Cottesmore, Sussex; Cookridge Hall, Yorkshire.

Bawburgh Golf Club in Norfolk was the 2012 winner of the GolfMark Club of the Year award, following Bramshaw, Hampshire, in 2011. To view video clips on both clubs visit www.englandgolf.org and click on England Golf TV.

GolfMark was introduced in 2006 and Filey Golf Club in Yorkshire has just become the 600th club to achieve the award.

GolfMark is open to all affiliated golf clubs and details of the scheme, including the procedure, case studies and clubs awarded, can be viewed at www.golfmark.org