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The Sanctuary receives Golf World’s Best 100 Pro Shop Award

By Staff | May 11, 2011

The interior of The Sanctuary Golf Club's Pro Shop, which was recently lauded in Golf World magazine as having one of the top pro shops in the country.

The Sanctuary Golf Club was recently recognized by Golf World Magazine and the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) as having one of the Top 100 best pro shops in the United States.

Every year, Golf World and AGM recognize the top 25 pro shops in four judging categories: Private Clubs, Public Courses, Resorts and Off-Course Shops.

“For Katie Clark (the Merchandiser Manager at The Sanctuary), Drew Donnelly (Head Golf Professional), Jon Pazdera (First Assistant) and me, it’s like a huge honor. We could not be more thrilled, as we have worked very hard to become one of the best for a long time,” said Ed Lockard, Director of Golf for The Sanctuary. “Our efforts through the years have now been officially recognized by someone outside of our membership. This achievement is very special and humbling for us.”

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to compete with some of the great Merchandisers and Golf Shops in the United States,” added Clark. “It’s a privilege representing The Sanctuary in this competition. I am so proud of my entire team!”

The required criteria for all of the entries includes the following three areas:

• Financial Indicators (considers shop size and performance measures).

• Shop Photography (illustrates overall shop display)

• Initiative Area (implementation of new initiatives).

“Every year there are always hundreds of entries, but this year there seemed to be nearly twice as many,” stated Golf World Best 100 Judge Jaime Diaz. “The competition is fierce because there are so many outstanding golf shops across the United States. The Sanctuary really distinguished themselves this year. They showed us that they deserved to be among the very elite shops.”

This year’s honorees were recognized at the annual PGA Show in Orlando, Fla., where representatives from many of the Golf World Best 100 Shops were present.

For more information on The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel Island, visit www.SanctuaryGC.net‘>www.SanctuaryGC.net or contact Sheryl Tatum at 472-6445. For additional details on the Golf World 100 Best Pro Shops Award, visit www.GolfWorld.com‘>www.GolfWorld.com.