ClubGolf Scotland has been awarded the PGAs of Europe's highest project-focused accolade, The President’s Award for Golf Development [Project].
The award was presented by Sandy Jones at the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex to ClubGolf Scotland Manager, Jackie Davidson
The PGAs of Europe is an association of 36 National PGAs - 31 European and five international - with a membership of more than 21,000 golf professionals. It is committed to the advancement of golf, golfers and the golf profession across Europe.
Receiving the award on behalf of everyone involved in the junior development programme, Jackie Davidson said:
"For the ClubGolf team to receive the President’s Award from the PGAs of Europe is an honour and highlights the fact that the programme is now being recognised internationally.
"This is a huge accolade and signifies ClubGolf’s impact on junior golf. The strong connection and relationship with PGA Professionals in Scotland has made a significant impact on the success of the programme and in raising the profile of the programme across Europe."
The PGAs of Europe is also a partner in Ryder Cup Europe as the sole member of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, and is widely acknowledged as a lead body in the delivery of golf development expertise on a global basis through its collaboration with The R&A in its "Working for Golf" programme.
ClubGolf Scotland was developed as a lasting legacy to Scotland’s staging of the 2014 Ryder Cup, aimed at recruiting and retaining more juniors into the game of golf.
Jackie also presented some key findings at the Annual Congress presentation and workshop sessions to share ClubGolf's learnings and experiences since it's inception in 2003. She added:
"The Annual Congress is a fantastic networking opportunity and the chance to share our experiences and increase the learning across Europe and further afield. The Gloria Golf Resort was a beautiful, first class venue...and it was wonderful to celebrate the success of all the worthy winners and to recognise their achievements.”
The individual PGAs of Europe President’s Award for Golf Development was presented to the PGA in Scotland’s Allan Martin.
Martin’s work has been heavily focused towards golf development since he became a qualified PGA Professional in 1996. Based at Buchanan Castle Golf Club, Martin has contributed to a number of projects that have looked to develop the game specifically with the pilot for Scotland’s ClubGolf junior golf initiative, the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup Coaches Conference, and has also been a mentor for numerous Assistant Professionals across the years.
“To receive the recognition of fellow PGA Professionals and the industry on the European stage is very special indeed,” explained Martin. “Receiving this prestigious award has raised awareness of the work I and many others do day-in day-out as PGA Professionals. I’ve done nothing special, however at the same time this necessary work is often overlooked…now it’s been brought to the fore and into the public eye.”
The other award winners were:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernard Gallacher OBE - Awarded for exceptional achievements in golf.
Christer Lindberg Bowl: Dr. Philip Weaver OBE - Awarded to individuals or organisations in recognition for their services to golf. (far right in photo)
5-Star Professional Award: Filippo Barbé – Contributions to the Profession in the PGA Professional’s many and varied areas of expertise and activity, such as tournament play, leadership, education, or long and meritous service in the sport. (second from left)
John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching: Salvador Luna - Given to a person who has excelled as a Golf Coach with any types of players be they elite or beginners. (far left in photo)
The aim of ClubGolf is to create a development pathway from entry level through to the highest levels of achievement, enabling increased access to golf, higher participation levels, improved standards of performance, and sustained growth in the future.