Nottinghamshire golfers reached the finals in two individual categories at the England Golf Awards. The winners will be revealed at a glittering England Golf Awards ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Groundnext month.
The England Golf Awards recognise leading professionals, elite amateurs, top coaches and the stars of club and county golf who do so much to inspire people to play the game.
Nominations were invited for a number of categories, including these two individual awards. The large number of entries was whittled down by the judges to these finalists.
Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “Congratulations to all the finalists. We have been so impressed by their outstanding and inspiring stories and we look forward to welcoming them to the England Golf Awards.”
Simon Bacon of Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, and Jenny Davies of Bondhay Golf Club (on the Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire border) are the finalists in the Volunteer of the Year award
Simon has been a dedicated club volunteer for 15 years. He organises the winter league and away days, works with the juniors, helps greenstaff, picks up balls on the driving range, runs marathons dressed as Scooby Doo to raise funds for the Captain’s charity. He also plays good golf and holds down a job. A person nominating him remarked: “An all-round great guy.”
Jenny has been junior organiser for four years, rapidly growing the section to 30 main course members, including six girls, and 25 par 3 members. She’s introduced a hugely popular Junior Week and, with two other clubs, runs the Wee Willetts, started by Masters champion Danny Willett to encourage new young golfers. She’s also got three mums into golf and nine dads back into the game.
And Emma Anderson of Sherwood Forest Golf Club is one of the finalists in award for Young Ambassador of the Year (presented in association with the Golf Foundation).
Emma has been described as a true inspiration. The university student has been the Nottinghamshire girls’ captain and encourages new young players with a prominent role in the county’s Girls Golf Rocks project. She helped at the inaugural Midland Girls’ Festival of Golf, the Nottinghamshire School Games, the Nottinghamshire City Golf project. She is also on the England Golf Youth Panel.
We thank them all for their commitment and enthusiasm in growing the game of golf in the county and congratulate them for reaching the finals in a prestigious and competitive national award.