Hampshire’s David Harrison has received England Golf’s Gerald Micklem Award for his contribution to the amateur game.
The award was announced at the England Golf annual meeting when delegates were told by the President, Nigel Evans, of Harrison’s involvement in the sport for over 60 years.
He has been both a noted player and an administrator who has been captain of the R&A, was made an OBE for his services to golf and played a key role in the merger which created England Golf, as the independent chairman of the steering group.
Harrison, an honorary member of Stoneham, Alresford and Hayling Golf Clubs, played for the Hampshire boys’ and youths’ teams before representing England boys. He joined the RAF as a national Serviceman and won the RAF championship twice and played in winning teams in two inter-Service championships.
He later went to Oxford where he gained a golfing Blue, before winning his county championship a record six times. He was county captain, played for the county team for 20 years and also twice won the Golf Illustrated Vase.
Harrison excelled as a golf administrator and was President of the EGU before becoming Captain of the R&A in 2007. He is a qualified Rules official and on many occasions has acted as a referee at the Open Championship and at other major golf events.
He is the President of the Hampshire PGA and has also held the positions of Joint Chairman of the International Golf Federation, President of the Association of Golf Club Secretaries and Chairman of the Championship Committee of The European Golf Association.