Golf Enterprise Information – Walker and Gallacher honoured with PGA Life Membership

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Mickey Walker and Bernard Gallacher have obtained The PGA’s most prestigious honour of Life Membership in recognition of careers which have married success on Tour with the normal calling of a membership skilled.

Walker’s addition to a choose group that, in addition to Gallacher, presently contains Tony Jacklin, Doug Smith, Neil Coles and Sir Nick Faldo, makes her the primary Girls’s PGA Member to be awarded the accolade.

The 69-year-old, who was appointed the skilled at The Warren Golf Membership, Essex, in 1987 can also be simply one in every of three girls to achieve PGA Grasp Skilled standing.

That appointment was preceded by a profitable taking part in profession which included two Curtis Cup appearances, back-to-back Women’ British Open Beginner Championship victories in 1971 and 72, plus six event wins on each the Women European and LPGA Excursions. 

She additionally chaired the Women European Tour Board and was appointed captain of the European Solheim Cup 1990, a job she carried out 4 instances earlier than specializing in teaching and media/tv work whereas nonetheless working as a membership professional.

Mickey Walker

Walker was awarded the OBE in 1993 for providers to girls’s golf and commenting on being made a PGA Life Member, she mentioned: “This has come completely out of the blue.

“It’s good, completely good. And it’s an enormous honour to be included in such a choose group. I do know Tony and Nick, however Doug Smith and Neil Coles are a bit earlier than me. And I do know Bernard – we’ve performed golf collectively a couple of instances. I’m certain he’ll be as delighted as I’m.”

Gallacher, who has simply accomplished two years as PGA Captain, has skilled a equally profitable and assorted profession after turning professional in 1967 following victory within the Scottish Beginner Open Stroke Play Championship in his native Scotland.

He was the Henry Cotton Rookie of the 12 months in 1968, accrued greater than      20 event victories in his profession, performed within the Ryder Cup on eight events and captained the group in 1991, 93 and 95.

A typical thread weaving its means by way of all this high-profile exercise and success was his position at Wentworth, a membership he served for 1 / 4 of a century earlier than relinquishing his position as head skilled in 1996.

Bernard Gallacher

The 73-year-old was awarded the OBE for providers to golf in the identical 12 months and reflecting on being made a PGA Life Member he mentioned: “I’ve careworn all through my profession that, no matter success I loved as a participant or prestigious positions I held, I used to be at the start a PGA Skilled.

“So, I’m delighted and honoured in equal measure to be awarded the Affiliation’s highest honour of Life Membership. I’m additionally honoured to hitch Mickey, Tony, Nick, Doug and Neil. I’ve been round    lengthy sufficient to know all of the terrific work Doug Smith did on behalf of the Members when he was Chairman of The PGA.”

Awarding Walker and Gallacher Life Membership was a PGA Board resolution and the Affiliation’s chairman Alan White mentioned: “Life Membership is never bestowed on a Member. Nevertheless, the Board felt the achievements of Mickey and Bernard at so many ranges of the sport together with their loyalty and help for the Affiliation makes them very worthy recipients. We wish to congratulate them on changing into members of this very choose group.”

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