Thursday, September 05, 2019



DEATH OF TRAIL-BLAZER BEVERLY 

LEWIS AT AGE OF 71


Beverly Lewis, a PGA Master Professional and the 

Association’s first female captain, has passed away

 at the age of 71 following a long and brave battle against 

leukaemia.

Beverly was one of just two women to attain PGA Master

Professional status but it is no exaggeration to  say she

became a master of the many facets of the golfing world 

she tackled after taking up the game as an 18-year-old.

Having learned its rudiments on a pitch and putt course in her native 

Essex, Beverly was the county ladies amateur champion 

within four years. 

She joined Thorndon Park Golf Club, Brentwood, 12 

months later and remained a member for the rest of her life.



Beverly turned professional in 1978 and was a founder member of the Women’s PGA, an
organisation she chaired between 1979 and 1981, and in 1986, four years after becoming a
 PGA Professional.
She won two WPGA events during her eight years on tour before turning her attention to coaching – for the English Ladies’ Golf Association, county teams and players of all abilities, from aspiring young professionals to club members.
Beverly’s extensive knowledge of the game and the effortless and easy-to-understand way she imparted it resulted in her broadcasting for the BBC, Australia’s Channel 7 and ESPN.
She also contributed to golf magazines, wrote 10 books on the game’s technique, was an accomplished and in-demand after-dinner speaker and, more recently, became a qualified R&A referee.
In addition, Beverly was a PGA Professional at four clubs in Essex: JJB Golf Centre, Romford; Langdon Hills Golf Club, Bulphan; Garon Park Golf Complex, Southend-on-Sea; and Brentwood Park Golf Club, Brentwood.
This wealth of experience and the respect with which she was held in the game made her a natural choice to become the PGA’s first female captain in 2005.
The appointment followed a discussion between the then PGA chairman Dr Phil Weaver and chief executive Sandy Jones during the 2002 US Masters.
“It was customary for us to put forward candidates to be captain to the PGA Board,” Dr Weaver recalled.
“The pair of us were sitting by the 16th green at Augusta watching Chris di Marco when the topic as to 
who would succeed John Yeo in 2005 was raised.
“As the role had been undertaken by a man for more than a century since the Association was formed 
we felt it was time a woman was considered, especially given the increasing number becoming PGA 
Professionals and the rise of the women’s game.
“In that respect Beverly was the obvious choice. She was highly respected in the Association and the 
game, had a wealth of experience and when we put her name forward the Board was unanimous in its
 agreement.
“It was a ground-breaking move at the time and Beverly was stunned. Initially she thought it was a 
wind-up! But, as we expected, she proved to be an outstanding captain.”  
Beverly was preceded in the role by John Yeo, Dave Thomas and Alan Walker, a friend and colleague
 for more than 40 years.
Paying tribute to her, he said: “Beverly was one of the most charming, considerate and passionate
 people I have ever had the privilege to meet in my life as a PGA Professional.  Her passing today is 
one of the saddest days I can remember.

“Her zest for life with her husband Ken and her love of golf was unparalleled and my 
thoughts and prayers go out to him who must be devastated at the loss of his 
cherished wife.

“Beverly accomplished so much in her life as a tournament professional, respected
 coach, TV pundit, author of numerous golf books, committee person and, of course, 
the first lady in the history of the Professional Golfers’ Association to be elected its
 captain.

“I cannot think of any area of professional golf in which Bev didn’t have an interest and
 I will miss our chats and emails between us on various golf topics. 

“In the past months Beverly had made good progress and was once again playing regular golf at her 
beloved Thorndon Park Golf Club, but just a couple of weeks ago we received the heart-breaking 
news the leukaemia had returned - we were all so shocked.

“I will remember Beverly as a beacon for all that is good in a person - someone who 
always did the right thing, acted with courtesy, humility and professionalism and her 
enthusiasm for golf and life was overwhelming. We have lost a beautiful person.”

Robert Maxfield, The PGA’s chief executive, also paid 

tribute and added: “Beverly showed what could 

be achieved by PGA Professionals.

“In doing so, she was a credit to the Association and the

 world of golf. She was unfailingly courteous, friendly, 

willing to pass on her extensive knowledge of the game 

and always generous with her time.

“We have lost a friend as well as a valued and 

distinguished PGA Member and it’s fitting the award

for the foremost female PGA Assistant of the Year, the Beverly Lewis 

Trophy, bears her name.

“On behalf of The PGA I extend our heartfelt and sincere

 condolences to Ken, her husband, wonderful family and 

legion of friends.”

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Image of Beverly Lewis by courtesy of The PGA

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