Nigel Edwards, the England Golf Performance Director, has been named as Team GB’s golf team leader for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The announcement of all the team leaders was made by the British Olympic Association at a planning workshop for the Games, which are just over 500 days away.
Edwards, 50, has been appointed to the voluntary role by the British Golf Association and will lead the British professionals in Tokyo, aiming to repeat the gold medal triumph of Justin Rose in Rio 2016.
Welshman Edwards is renowned in golfing circles, as a player who has been ranked No.2 amateur in the world, as an outstanding Walker Cup team member and captain, and as a developer of talent.
Edwards joined England Golf as Performance Director in 2012, overseeing coaching and development programmes which in recent years have produced numerous tour players and champions, including the Women’s British Open Champion, Georgia Hall. Meanwhile, England amateurs have won three European team championships and a World championship silver medal during his tenure. The individual tally includes eight Amateur Champions – three men, one woman, two boys and two girls – plus four European championship titles.
“I am absolutely over the moon and very honoured to be appointed as team leader,” said Edwards. “The Olympics offer a great opportunity to golf and Justin Rose has been a fantastic champion. I’m very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to Nigel and our very best wishes for Tokyo 2020. Nigel brings tremendous knowledge, experience and leadership skills to this role and I am sure he will be a huge asset to Team GB and to the golf team.”