Annual Awards

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PGA of Canada – Tee Talks Live [Digital Series]

15th Jan 2021

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[The CPG Podcast] Developing A Successful Golf Tourism Strategy – Ryan Brandeburg

7th Jan 2021

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5th Jan 2021

#TroonRoyalGreensProAm Postponed to Late 2021

4th Jan 2021

#TroonAbuDhabiProAm Postponed to November 2021

28th Dec 2020

The CPG Special Recognition Award 2020 Honours Tony Bennett’s Outstanding Career

22nd Dec 2020

The President’s Award for Golf Development 2020 Recognises The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter

21st Dec 2020

The CPG 5-Star Professional Award Recognises PGA of Denmark Chairman – Marcus Brown

20th Dec 2020

PGA of Germany’s Ulrich Eckhardt Receives 2020 John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching

19th Dec 2020

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18th Dec 2020

Mikael Sorling Awarded 2020 Christer Lindberg Bowl for his Contributions to Golf

18th Dec 2020

The CPG Lifetime Achievement Award Recognises Marvellous Montgomerie

17th Dec 2020

[The CPG Podcast] Adaptive Golf: The Financial Impact – Todd Keirstead

14th Dec 2020

[The CPG Podcast] Your Professional ‘Why’ Pt. 02 – Ian Peek

12th Dec 2020

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11th Dec 2020

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The CPG Special Recognition Award 2020 Honours Tony Bennett’s Outstanding Career2 min read


Posted on: 22nd Dec 2020

PGA Master Professional and leading expert in the fields of golf development, education, and golfers of all abilities, Tony Bennett, has been awarded the CPG Special Recognition Award 2020 for his outstanding career in the sport.

Originally beginning his career as a playing professional, Tony 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 resumé 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 [IGF] – his current role. This all sits alongside his leadership of the European Disabled Golf Association [EDGA], 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.

Tony 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.”

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