England Golf Awards – what it means to win!

England Golf Awards
Who will win the England Golf Awards 2018? What will it mean?
To find out, we asked two winners from this year’s Awards to tell us how their success had made a difference.
Emma Anderson, the Young Ambassador of the Year, and Jenny Holmes from Fynn Valley, the Most Welcoming Club, are both enjoying the benefits of their wins – and urging everyone to make their nominations now for the 2018 Awards.  The Awards will be presented at a glitzy, black-tie event at The Royal Lancaster London, on Thursday, 22 February 2018.
Fynn Valley Golf Club, near Ipswich in Suffolk, won the Most Welcoming Golf Club Award – and put itself firmly on the map.  “It definitely raised our profile,” said Jenny Holmes, a director of the rural, family-run cub. “People heard of us nationally and it was really nice to have a positive news story to tell.”

The club was featured in the golf media and in local press and radio – and the video made for the England Golf Awards dinner now takes pride of place on the Fynn Valley website.

“We wouldn’t have produced it because it would look as though we were blowing our own trumpet. But if someone else wants to say those things about you it’s great!” said Jenny.

The warm welcome is part and parcel of the Fynn Valley experience and it’s set to get even better. “Winning the award has given us a fantastic message to carry forward,” said Jenny. “We are building a brand new clubhouse which will open in autumn 2018, it’s purpose designed and has a central reception area which can only improve the welcome. It’s really exciting.”

Jenny urges other clubs to get nominated for the 2018 awards. “I didn’t think we stood a chance – so give it a go!”

Nottinghamshire’s Emma Anderson was honoured as England’s Young Ambassador of the Year in recognition of her work in her county to inspire new players, particularly girls.

The Sherwood Forest golfer (pictured left) is a tireless volunteer – and winning the award has brought her new opportunities to make a difference on a bigger stage.

“For people who want to go further in sport it can only help to open doors, to introduce them to people in the industry and give them a chance to make an impression,” said Emma.

She is set to be a Young Ambassador for England Golf and was involved in the launch of the Plan for Children and Young People’s Golf. The 20-year-old university student was also invited to present the annual awards for the charity, the Golf Foundation.

Emma, a member of the England Golf Youth Panel, uses the opportunities to encourage the older golfing community to consider the youth perspective – and to point out that what suits seven-year-olds doesn’t work for those in their late teens and early 20s!

She has great memories of her win, remarking: “It was a massive honour.” And now, she’s keen to encourage nominations for the 2018 Awards.

Nominations are sought for seven award categories:

Club of the Year sponsored by HowDidIDo
The stand-out club, recognised for its inspiring, forward-thinking approach

Most Welcoming Golf Club
For the club which goes above and beyond to reach out to all

County of the Year
The county which does its best for its players and clubs

Volunteer of the Year
Someone whose commitment and contribution has a huge impact in golf

Young Ambassador of the Year
A young person, aged under 25 on the day of the Awards, who represents the very best of their generation

Coach of the Year
A PGA-accredited coach whose passion and commitment helps to grow the game

Lifetime Service Award
Someone who has made a remarkable contribution to golf over many years

Click here for more details and to nominate
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