Golf club secretary aiming to be named best in the country

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A golf club secretary is in the running to be named best manager in the country.

Allison Malham, who is manager of Seaton Carew Golf Club, has been shortlisted in the final four of the Golf Club Managers Association manager of the year award.

Two judges from the governing body will visit the club, which has hosted a number of big events, today.

Allison, of Rift House, Hartlepool, was secretly nominated for the accolade by the club’s former treasurer James Cockburn and several members.

She said: “I was really pleased when I was informed I was in the final four. I was quite taken aback as I had no idea anybody had nominated me.”

Allison, who previously worked for soft drinks firm Britvic before the recession hit as well as Macmillan cancer support, landed the manager’s job after more than 100 hopefuls applied.

The mum of five added: “No two days are the same. You can deal with anything from someone taking ill on the course, we’ve had a film crew shooting Vera and an RAF Chinook helicopter land in the car park two hours before our AGM was due to start.

“But my favourite part of the job is when we have visiting parties and we give them a fantastic day from start to finish.”

Allison has overseen a number of changes at the club, which has around 670 members, including the recent addition of a new six-hole course.

Last year, the club in Tees Road, hosted the prestigious Brabazon Trophy, and in August it held a big Festival Week.

The next event is a Pro-Am competition on October 5.