Tony Bennett, a PGA Master Professional and leading expert in the fields of golf development and the education of golfers of all abilities, has been awarded the CPG Special Recognition Award 2020 for his outstanding career in the game.
Originally beginning his career as a playing professional, Bennett has gone on to carve out a distinguished career that spans five decades in golf, which has covered many facets of the game and had long-lasting impacts.
His diverse and far-reaching CV includes roles as a club professional, golf course owner, national coach (with winners on both the European Tour and Ladies European Tour), Director of Education and Membership for the PGAs of Europe, and now Head of Disability and Inclusion for the International Golf Federation – his current role. This all sits alongside his leadership of the European Disabled Golf Association as its President.
“It is very humbling to be granted such an award, especially when you see the previous list of winners. I have been very fortunate to have spent a lifetime in golf and there are a lot of people who have helped me on this journey”, commented Bennett.
Bennett has received recognition for his work, including the Order of Merit medal from the former President of the Republic for Portugal, Dr Jorge Sampaio, for his contribution to sport, being awarded the title of ‘PGA Master Professional’ in 2007, and being recently granted honorary membership of the PGA of GB&I in 2020.
“Outstanding is the only word to describe Tony’s list of achievements and contribution to the golf industry,” commented CPG Chief Executive, Ian Randell. “Tony’s impact on the game and CPG have been guided by his determination to truly make a difference. He has been part of our Association as both a volunteer and a member of staff for several decades, where his vision and expertise has been pivotal in shaping our education framework, not least through the European Education Level System (EELS), as well as guiding our membership and helping to elevate our position as leaders in the provision of golf development expertise around the globe. We are delighted to be able to thank him with this award as he continues to drive progress in our sport.”