Friday, January 27, 2017

Danny Willett's coach Mike Walker gets John
Jacobs Award from PGAs of Europe
Mike Walker, coach of 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, has been awarded the John Jacobs Award for Teaching and Coaching at the PGAs of Europe’s Annual Congress Gala Awards.

Walker was nominated by the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland and acknowledged with the accolade  as one of the world’s leading coaches, having brought success to over 40 European Tour players over the past 10 years.
Mike Walker Lands Top European Coaching Award in Name of Late-Great John Jacobs -
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“I feel very humbled and very proud – especially with John Jacobs linked to my roots at Hallamshire and Lindrick Golf Clubs at different stages,” said Walker.  “One of my players, Matt Fitzpatrick, originates from Hallamshire, and my first proper golf lesson was at Lindrick with Pete Cowen so it seems quite fitting.

“I am extremely honoured to be associated with such a household name, especially with his recent passing.  My condolences go to his family and friends and I hope they know how much this means to me.”

The John Jacobs Award is the PGAs of Europe’s highest coaching accolade and is presented to a PGA Professional who has excelled as a golf coach at all levels of the game, be it with elite or beginner players alike across a number of years.

Previous winners of the award have included Shane Lowry’s coach, Neil Manchip, along with Michael Bannon, coach of Rory McIlroy and Salvador Luna, coach of Sergio Garcia.

“I know it’s a cliché but everybody values being acknowledged by their peers,” added Walker.  “Obviously you just try to go to work everyday and do your best…if things like this happen then it gives you a boost of confidence that you must be doing something right, and it’s really pleasing and satisfying.”



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