Durham’s Chris Pascall has been honoured by England Golf for her contribution to coaching excellence.
England Golf president-elect Chris has spent a lifetime in the game, playing for her country, captaining England teams, and encouraging future generations in her native Durham.
In 2023 Chris will serve as England Golf president and along with Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson, she was honoured at the England Golf 2021 Performance Awards.
Chris said: “This has come out of the blue. I have worked with England Golf for many, many years and I enjoy volunteering and I think a lot of people don’t appreciate how much you can get out of volunteering. By volunteering you gain so much more, and I wish a lot more people would put themselves forward for jobs.”
Steve meanwhile spoke of his pride at being crowned Coach of the Year. The Yorkshireman picked up the accolade after coaching the England women’s squad to their third European team title in six years with a thrilling victory at Royal County Down in July.
Steve, the national women’s performance coach is based at Sandburn Hall in York. He said: “I’m hugely honoured on behalf of our whole performance team. As coaches, we’ve gone through a really tough time in the last two years and the support we’ve had from England Golf has been first-class. I’d like to thank Jenny Henderson who was captain at Royal County Down – we prepared better than any other team there. I knew the course and while we got there late, we walked the last four holes and knew they’d be crucial. We sat up one evening cutting up greens maps until 11pm and stapling them together by hand. It’s one of those marginal gains we had that other teams didn’t.”