|UKDS Treasurer Kevin Whalley was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to golf from the English Golf Partnership, marking 30 years of service to Deaf golf.The England Golf Partnership is a partnership between the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association, which works to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.
Kevin, who is pictured with his award at the ceremony held at Loughborough University, said
“It’s wonderful to receive this award after 30 years of volunteering and it is particularly special because it is recognition for deaf golf.
“I look forward to the challenges that deaf golf will bring in the future and to see the day when England Deaf Golf will be world champions.”
Kevin started organised Deaf golf in England in the early 1980s and has run more than 100 events over the years. He is currently President and Treasurer of the English Deaf Golf Association.
Kevin’s efforts have just been in the UK however. He was the Secretary and Treasurer of the World Deaf Golf Federation and organised the first World Deaf Golf Championship in 1995 at the Forest of Arden.
This tournament has gone from strength to strength and will next be held in 2014 in Michigan, USA .
Philip Gerrard, UKDS Chair, commented:
“We are delighted and proud that Kevin has been recognised for his many years of dedication. We are especially pleased that his efforts have been acknowledged by a high profile and mainstream organisation, the English Golf Partnership.
“Our warmest congratulations to Kevin”.