Devon Centenary President receives Micklem award

Phil Parker

Philip Parker, President of the Devon County Golf Union in 2011, its centenary year, has been presented with one of the top England Golf honours – the 2012 Gerald Micklem award. He received the trophy at this week’s Annual Meeting at Woodhall Spa.

The award was introduced in 1990 and is presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to further the interest of amateur golf in England.

“It was a pleasant surprise but I’m delighted,” said Philip. “When you look at the previous recipients such as Sir Michael Bonallack, Peter McEvoy and Neil Hotchkin and John Flanders, who were instrumental in bringing the English Golf Union to its present headquarters at Woodhall Spa, I am in exalted company.

“This award is not just for me but also for the county and caps off my year as centenary president of Devon.”

Philip has been closely involved with amateur golf for many years. He was also Devon President from 1989 – 1991 and county treasurer from 1985 – 1988.

His involvement with the English Golf Union (now England Golf) began when he became the delegate for Devon and Cornwall on the EGU’s Executive Committee. He was the committee’s chairman from 2000 – 2005 during which time he succeeded in changing the rule that saw each county represented on the committee.

He is currently a member of  Woodhall Spa Land Holdings Ltd., formerly the English Golf Union Property Company.

Philip is the first person from Devon to receive the Gerald Micklem Award.