The Association of Golf Writers today paid tribute to Chris Kennedy, the retiring Golf Courses Manager at Wentworth Club, during their annual lunch at Wentworth Club on the eve of the BMW PGA Championship.
This week's BMW PGA Championship is the 52nd European Tour event where Kennedy has managed the course preparation at Wentworth and his contribution was recognised by the AGW with Chairman Bill Elliott and John Jacobs, the founding father of The European Tour and Honorary Life Vice President of the AGW, presenting a silver Quaich.
Eilliott said: "We as golf writers talk so much about how much equipment has moved on in our lifetimes and so much over the last 20 years and actually I think the greatest advance in that time is the conditioning of golf courses. That's down to fantastic skill, commitment, enthusiasm and passion, no one has that more than Chris Kennedy here at Wentworth. You have been a terrific asset to this club and an example to greenkeepers across the country and we thank you for what you have done here."
Jacobs was also joined by Judy Williams, the wife of the late Michael Williams, golf correspondent of the Daily Telegraph for some 25 years, to present Colin Harding with the Michael Williams Hoggett, awarded to the winner of the Golf Writers' Spring medal played over Wentworth Club's Edinburgh Course earlier this week.