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Tommy wins American Golf award

AMERICAN Golf has celebrated the ‘Best of British’ with its inaugural Golf Awards held at the Belfry.

Among the headline winners of the night, as voted for by thousands of UK golfers, were Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood for UK & Ireland player of the year.

In the men’s player category, the voting public reflected on some fantastic performances from the Formby Hall star that have seen him climb to the top of the Race to Dubai rankings off the back of two European Tour wins and fourth place in the US Open. The world number 16 was a clear winner, taking the lion’s share of the vote ahead of Andrew ‘Beef” Johnstone.

Upon learning of the award, Fleetwood said: “Getting the award for Player of the Year from American Golf is great and it means so much that it’s been voted for by the public. I’ve been able to get back to form this year with the support of my friends, family and the fantastic team around me, and to now have the public recognise all the hard work is really special.”

Georgia Hall won the women’s award, PGA Master Professional Alasdair Barr was recognised for his continuing dedication to the development of the game of golf worldwide along with his work with Services charity On Course Foundation when he received the American Golf Game Changer Award.

Another PGA member to gain recognition was Jon Earl who won PGA Professional of the Year for his work at Ified Golf Club.

Away from the people honoured, PING was the big winner of the night with their award for Brand of the Year.

Another brand celebrating was Arccos for their Most Innovative Product of the Year – Arccos Caddie – with the virtual caddie being recognised above several strong contenders in a fantastic year for innovation.

Golf Facility of the year went to 3 Hammers Golf Complex in Wolverhampton. The pioneering venue, which combines state of the art practice facilities, 18-hole short course and nationally recognised golf academy programmes pipped Boomers & Swingers from Manchester to the honours in this inaugural year.

At the culmination of the awards, Daniel Gathercole, director of marketing and communications, said: “It’s been a huge honour for us that so many members of the public wanted to be part of our drive to recognise the best in golf. People have voted in their thousands which has really made these awards a very special event. All of the recipients have had a fantastic year and in the case of Alasdair Barr, an incredible life in golf. I couldn’t be happier with the way that the awards have been received and look forward to seeing more people get recognised by the public in years to come.”