Ina Murphy, who has encouraged countless youngsters to enjoy golf, has been honoured by Colin Montgomerie for her long-term service to junior golf.
Ina, from Fulford Heath Golf Club, near Birmingham, was celebrated at the Golf Foundation President’s Awards, where she received the Sir Henry Cotton Award. She was recognised alongside others who give their time and enthusiasm for grass roots junior golf.
Golf Foundation President Colin Montgomerie greeted each winner on stage in the Wentworth Club’s magnificent ballroom. Colin supports the Foundation’s aim to make the game more accessible to children from all backgrounds and circumstances through its ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ programme, and he commended the work of the award winners.
Ina Murphy has been a junior organiser at her club for the last 10 years and has generated links within the local community where, with a colleague, she provides coaching to a number of primary and secondary schools using Tri-Golf and her own collection of clubs for older children.
She has been County Junior Organiser for Worcestershire & Herefordshire and now has special responsibility for promoting county coaching to junior girls aged 8-17. She has achieved PGA Level 1 Coach status.
Golf Foundation chief executive Mike Round said: “Often awards like this go to well-known or high profile individuals, but our winner comes from the army of volunteers who give up their own time for the benefit of others.”
Other winners were:
The Mackenzie Award for an initiative that shows how golf can be used to promote positive life messages was won by the Swingz Project in Liverpool involving Everton Football Club, The Golf Academy and Liverpool City Council .
The Gus Payne Award for the club that raises the most money for the Golf Foundation’s initiatives and was won by Royal Worlington and Newmarket Golf Club. The club raised £4,000 compared with the national average of £22 per club.
The Bonallack Award for a great schools programme was presented to Bridlington School Sport Partnership and Flamborough Head Golf Club in Yorkshire.
The Laddie Lucas Award for the best local initiative went to the Rural Derbyshire S1chool Sport Partnership and Ashbourne Golf Club
The Critchley Award for the best major project was awarded to the Plymouth HSBC Golf Roots City Project. This was a collaboration between Cornwall County Golf Partnership, Devon County Golf Partnership, golf club operator Crown Golf and the Golf Foundation.
The Gallacher Award for volunteer of the year was presented to Gareth Hughes, from Rhondda Golf Club.
The Sinclair Award for the PGA Professional who has carried out junior development work of real excellence went to Philip Pearson, of Eaton Golf Club in Norwich.
The Burroughs Award is presented to those who support young golfers as they deal with adversity and this year’s winner is The Leicester Development Group.
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