Awards Night the Par-Fect Way to Honour Volunteers

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Awards Night the Par-Fect Way to Honour Volunteers


TRIBUTES have been paid to the unsung volunteers who do so much to help develop golf in the region.

The Durham County Golf Partnership's second Development Awards evening - held at Durham County Cricket Club's ground in Chester-le-Street - presented 13 prizes to helpers of all ages and backgrounds.

The meeting also heard about the CGP's plans for its seventh year and the progress made so far in bringing new players into golf and on into potential club membership.

Clubs learned how the CGP can help them introduce the sport to people of all ages and abilities with information on development initiatives, resources and funding.

Jonathan Ward, development officer for Durham, said: "The evening was a great opportunity for club and county representatives to recognise the commitment of volunteers, clubs and coaches.

"It was also a chance to celebrate their outstanding contributions.

"It was also an opportunity for clubs to learn more about the work of the CGP and meet representatives from England GOLF SPECIAL Golf and the Golf Foundation, who are working to encourage more people into the sport, and to celebrate the success of all the past year's projects.

"It also enabled us to demonstrate the support available for clubs to deliver new projects which will help build a sustainable future membership." More than 120 people attended the evening . Awards were presented by CGP chairman Ron Baines-Bennett, Jason Budd (England Golf North East and Cumbria Regional Development Officer), Ian Harvey (Golf Foundation Regional Development Officer) and Mark Rayson (PGA Pro and County Academy Programme Co-ordinator).

Young Volunteer of the Year was Jordan Pout (Durham County Golf Partnership).

Volunteering saw him fulfill several roles including website admin, photographer, database admin and events admin.

Volunteer Coach of the Year went to Dominic Salmon (Bishop Auckland GC).

Club Development Volunteer of the Year were Anita Maxwell and Pat Usher (Woodham GC).

The pair kept the ladies' section together when the club closed, organising trips and competitions at other courses and setting up a ladies' section at another club before returning to Woodham when it reopened. …

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