The GOLF EUROPE Legend Award is being presented for the third time within the framework of GOLF EUROPE 2005, the leading International Trade Fair for Golf, which will take place at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 2 to 4 October 2005.
The award was created two years ago by GOLF EUROPE in collaboration with the PGAs of Europe and the European Golf Industries Association and honours the contributions of outstanding personalities in the history of golf. Following Peter Alliss and Sir Michael Bonallack this time the award is being presented to Fanny Sunesson.
The 37-year-old Swede is one of the best caddies in the world. She began her career as a full-time caddie in 1987 when she was 19 and had an amateur handicap of 5. The public soon noticed her, not just because Ms. Sunesson was the first female caddie on the Tour, but also because she achieved astounding success due to her enormous specialist knowledge.
She worked first for Josà© Rivero, Anders Forsbrand and Howard Clark, and then began her collaboration with Nick Faldo in 1990. This lasted for 10 very successful years. Faldo won the Open Championships twice (1990, 1992) as well as the US Masters (1990, 1996) with Ms. Sunesson as his caddie. Ms. Sunesson also took part in the Ryder Cup five times. Her debut was in 1989 with Howard Clark and later she was alongside Nick Faldo (1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997).
After Sunesson and Faldo separated in 2000, she worked with Sergio Garcia, Fred Funk and Notah Begay in the subsequent years before she returned to Faldo’s side for another two years. In 2005, Ms. Sunesson has been on tour as free-lance caddie with Michelle Wie, Ian Poulter and Zach Johnson but she has now finally ended her active career as a caddie. Distinguished by her perfectionism and love of detail, she now wants to pass on the knowledge and experience that she has gained over the years.
At GOLF EUROPE 2005, Ms. Sunesson will speak at three events (Sunday, October 2, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Monday, October 3, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday, October 4, 11 a.m. – 12 noon) in her seminar “Caddie’s Secrets – Secrets of Successful Caddies “ about tactics in golf and provide insights into strategies on the golf course and the positive psychological and practical support from caddies. She will also talk about this topic in advance of GOLF EUROPE 2005 at the 7th PGAE Teaching & Coaching Conference, which will also be held in Munich.
In addition to her high level of skill in the sport, players and colleagues admire her for her personality. She has had a positive influence on the image of golf. Fanny Sunesson was inducted into the World Caddie Hall of Fame in 2003 as the first woman member. Now the GOLF EUROPE Legend Award will be presented to her at the get-together of GOLF EUROPE 2005 on Monday, October 3, 2005 for her unique contributions to golf. www.golf-europe.com