Some of Victoria’s finest ever golfers including Peter Thomson and Geoff Ogilvy were honoured at Royal Melbourne Golf Club last night as part of the PGA of Australia’s Centenary awards program.
In total 28 PGA professionals from across Victoria were named as award recipients, recognised for their contribution to Australian golf and the PGA across a number of areas including playing and coaching.
The evening was the final state-based awards night for the PGA who has held ceremonies in all states since commencing Centenary celebrations in September 2011.
The award recipients honoured by the Victorian Division of the PGA were (in alphabetical order);
Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Steve Bann, Michael Clayton, John Davis, Ian Denny, Bruce Devlin, Trevor Flakemore, Stewart Ginn, David Graham, Bruce Green, Jack Harris, Michael Harwood, Graham Kelly, Peter Knight, Harold Knights, Kel Llewellyn, Dale Lynch, Howard McHutchison, Paul Moloney, Tim Moore, Geoff Ogilvy, Bob Shearer, Brian Simpson, Ian Stanley, Peter Thomson, Brian Twite and Russell Wilson.
PGA Centenary Patron and award recipient Greg Norman, although unable to attend last night’s function, sent a message to all the award recipients acknowledging their place within Australian golf history.
“You are all among some of the most highly skilled PGA Members the world over and I hope will take great pride in being part of such an historic occasion,” said Norman.
PGA Chief Executive Officer Brian Thorburn added to Norman’s sentiments saying;
“PGA Members Australia wide have been the cornerstone of the Australian golf industry for the last 100 years and I congratulate all tonight’s award winners on their part in this illustrious history.”
“You are all among some of the greatest PGA Members who have lived and contributed to Australian golf, and for that you, your family and your club should be justifiably proud.”
The PGA was formed on 19thSeptember 1911 by 15 Professional golfers looking to advance their profession.
Today, the PGA consists of over 2500 Members who are all among some of the most highly trained golf coaches and players the world over.