The shortlist of outstanding finalists for the England Golf Awards 2018 was revealed earlier in December with the Midlands well represented.

They’ve been selected by the judging panel from a record-breaking entry which shines the spotlight on fantastic achievements in golf in England by volunteers, coaches, clubs and counties.

England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “We were thrilled by the number and quality of nominations we received and delighted that so many people are helping us to tell golf’s great stories to the wider community.

“Our finalists are all outstanding and we are looking forward to highlighting their successes at our gala dinner and to applauding our winners.”

The winners will be announced on 22 February 2018 at the Awards dinner at the Royal Lancaster London.

The finalists are:

Club of the Year sponsored by HowDidiDo
Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire
Garforth Golf Club, Yorkshire
Leeds Golf Centre, Yorkshire
Styal Golf Club, Cheshire

Burghill Valley GC – Double nominee

Coach of the Year sponsored by The PGA
Phil Akers, The Belfry, Warwickshire
Aaron Lansberry, Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Warwickshire
Anders Mankert, Cosby Golf Club, Leicestershire (main image)
Matthew Turnock, Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire

County of the Year sponsored by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC.

Most Welcoming Golf Club sponsored by American Golf
Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire
Garforth Golf Club, Yorkshire
Golf at Goodwood, Sussex
Norwood Park Golf Centre, Nottinghamshire (below)

Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Players 1st
Jean Hooper of Bramley Golf Club, Surrey
Sue Robertson of the Disabled Golf Association
Richard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, Wiltshire
Jenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, Hampshire

Young Ambassador of the Year in association with the Golf Foundation
Megan Field of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Warwickshire
Jess Pinnell of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Warwickshire
Liam Ridgill of Drax Golf Club, Yorkshire
Georgina Wrixon of Ashley Wood Golf Club, Dorset

Championship Venue of the Year
Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Suffolk; hosts of the English women’s county finals.
Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland; hosts of the English senior men’s county finals.
Manchester Golf Club, Lancashire; hosts of the Reid Trophy, the English U14 boys’ open championship.

Performance of the Year
England women’s team; winners of the European team championship for the second year in a row.
Tommy Fleetwood, winner of the 2017 Race to Dubai, helped by two European Tour victories.
Lily May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex; the British girls’, English women’s and European Young Masters champion.
Alfie Plant of Sundridge Park Golf Club, Kent; European amateur champion, silver medallist at The Open and a Walker Cup player.

The Lifetime Service Award sponsored by Bridgestone: the outright winner of this ninth category will also be recognised at the Awards dinner.

We will be running a series of online articles in January to spotlight the achievements  of the nominated Midlands clubs and individuals





Gaudet Luce Golf Club

Gaudet Luce – Major host

This is a modern golf and leisure complex that doesn’t like to sit still and the steady growth in popularity of the club since its opening in 1995 has enabled the family ownership to put investment back into the course and facilities.

125 years – South Staffs GC

The South Staffordshire Club is always a special visit. Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Wolverhampton, a traditional members club with a much admired parkland course that never fails to impress. Messrs Vardon, Colt, Braid and more recently Donald Steel have all played their parts in creating a layout that charms, teases and yields a low score very reluctantly.