The European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) has announced the nominations for their annual awards, which will be presented at the forthcoming European Golf Business Conference in London. Award nominees this year include Seve Ballesteros and Club Car. The awards ceremony will take place during an evening dinner cruise along the River Thames on the evening of Wednesday 1. December 2010
The EGCOA Award is given annually to organisations or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the golf business. Seve Ballesteros’s golfing career has had a tremendous impact on the golf business as a whole, inspiring many people to take up the game after having seen him play. More than any other player, Seve Ballesteros made golf exciting. For a decade, he was arguably the greatest golfer on the planet. He won more than 80 tournaments around the world, including five majors. Ballesteros was also the first European – and the youngest – Masters champion in 1980. He retired from professional golf in July 2007, aged 50. In 2008, Ballesteros was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since this time, and his health permitting, he has been a steadfast campaigner and fund raiser for investigative projects into brain tumors. He also continues to work to bring golf to young people without sufficient financial means, and to assist them in their professional development.
The prestigious EGCOA Industry Award is given each year to a company in the golf industry that demonstrates outstanding commitment to support golf course owners in the development of the game and the golf industry. This year’s award nominee is Club Car, who were selected for their ongoing support of the golf industry. Pioneering innovations that bring solutions to its customers and supporting the growth of the game, Club Car (www.clubcar.com) has established a reputation as one of the most respected brands in golf and small vehicle transportation.
The EGCOA Grow the Game Award recognizes individuals or organisations that spark new ideas to promote the game and advancements in the golf business. The winner of this year’s award will be voted for and announced at the conference in London.
Lodewijk Klootwijk, Director of the EGCOA said: “Each of this year’s nominees has made a significant contribution to the industry. They join a small and very select group of previous winners, who are all global ambassadors for our sport.”