The GOLF EUROPE Legend Award was created in 2003 in cooperation with the PGA of Europe and the European Golf Industry Association. To date recipients include Peter Alliss (GB – 2003), Sir Michael Bonallack (GB – 2004), Fanny Sunesson (SWE – 2005), Ken Schofield (GB – 2006), and Jan Brà¼gelmann (D – 2007).
This year the award goes to John Jacobs, a personality who is one of the pioneers of the sport. John Jacobs is more than just a golfer, he is a living legend. Born in 1925 in Yorkshire, England, he has devoted his life to golf and is considered the ‘father’ of golf as we know it today. From 1972 and 1975, as its first director general, he was the driving force behind creating the European Tour.
John Jacobs successfully established driving ranges to help encourage the growth of the game throughout England and created the model for many of today’s successful public access golf facilities. In his career as businessman, author and commentator, John Jacobs further impressively proves his extensive know-how.
John Jacobs is the recipient of many honours. They include the Order of the British Empire for 50 years of outstanding service to golf in 1997. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the year 2000, in appreciation of his unrelenting life’s work and his contribution to golf.
The award ceremony will be held during GOLF EUROPE 2008, on Sunday, October 5th, 2008.
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