PGA award for Howard Bennett

THE man who coached Open champions Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington took centre stage at Royal Liverpool last night.

PGA captain Neil Selwyn-Smith presents a  plaque to Howard Bennett

PGA captain Neil Selwyn-Smith presents a plaque to Howard Bennett at Royal Liverpool 

Formby Hall’s Howard Bennett was  the PGA in England & Wales (North) nominee for the Toby Sunderland award which recognises the charity fundraising efforts of PGA professionals.

Bennett, the former national Irish coach where he helped the formative careers of Clarke, Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIllroy, has penned a book about his experiences and donated the proceeds – about £5,000, to the Preston-based Rosemere Golfers against Cancer charity and Queenscourt Hospice in his home town of Southport.

Kevin McIntosh, chairman of Rosemere Golfers against Cancer, said: “The credibility and respect that Howard holds in the game is fantastic and helps to raise the profile and awareness of the foundation. Howard regularly attends dinners and functions and speaks of his experiences in golf.

“He is a fantastic ambassador to have for the charity.”

Bennett, who was professional at Shaw Hill then later Duxbury Park, received the award during the PGA’s annual reception on the eve of the Open.

 

 

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