Cheshire, Engalnd and Crewe Golf Club legend Roy Smethurst was one of the winners of three top awards at the England Golf 2019 Performance Conference at Woodhall Spa.
Receiving the awards, presented by Nick Dougherty, along with Roy were GrahamWalker (Yorkshire) as Coach of the Year and Debbie Richards who has enjoyed three successful seasons as England Senior Women’s manager who was awarded the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
Returning to Woodhall Spa for the first time since his amateur days, Dougherty insisted it was a privilege to present awards to three stalwarts who have devoted their time and expertise to either develop the next generation of golfers or lead senior teams to success at international level.
The final award winner was Cheshire’s Roy Smethurst – a legend of the amateur game in England.
Smethurst’s contribution to senior golf over the decades has been nothing short of astonishing. Among his many honours as a player, Smethurst claimed four English Senior Amateur titles as well as a European Senior Amateur crown. The former Cheshire and Nottinghamshire county player has continued to enjoy success as a team manager leading the England Men’s Senior squad to three Home International titles in the last four seasons. The 2019 campaign also saw Smethurst lead England to the gold medal at the European Senior Men’s Team Championships. The ovation Smethurst received on the night was testimony to the high esteem in which he is held by his colleagues.
Dougherty paid tribute to all the winners saying: “The success enjoyed by all the England performance squads over recent times wouldn’t be possible without the
excellence in coaching and management that all the teams receive.”