Burhill Golf Club, Walton-on-Thames, is delighted to announce that two of its current members, both of whom are past Junior Organisers, were honoured with prestigious awards at the recent England Golf coaching conference.
Terry Casey, who has recently retired as the manager of the England men’s team, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Coaching award, while Steve Parrish, the England Golf South Region Manager, was named as the Volunteer Manager of the year.
Held at St. George’s Park, the English Football Association’s national football centre, the awards gala dinner was attended by county, regional and national coaches and managers.
Casey, whose work in golf first started in a voluntary role as the junior manager of the Surrey boys, has since gone on to became both the South Regional Manager and the England Men’s Team Manager. Highlights during his time managing England’s most elite golfers include winning the European Men’s Team Championship, the Home Internationals (twice), the European Challenge Trophy and the European Nations Cup (three times).
Commenting on his award, Terry said, “This is a great honour for me, but an award such as this is not just about the individual. I owe a tremendous amount to all the people I have worked with over the years, and I feel very fortunate to have had the privilege of working with some truly fantastic people at England Golf.”
Parrish, who first became involved in junior golf at the club back in 2004, was able to boost the coaching programme at Burhill by making the most of the funds available when he took over the reigns as junior organiser. As the current South Regional Manager, Steve also chairs England Golf’s Performance Committee and works with the County Partnership to develop both the Elite Coaching Programme and the County Academy Programme.
“While this award is recognition for all the volunteers who contribute significant amounts of time, it’s also a personal recognition which is a very rewarding feeling,” commented Steve.
“What made this year even more special was seeing Burhill’s own Lizzie Prior win the England Golf girls’ Order of Merit. While obviously it was an extremely significant personal achievement for Lizzie, it also speaks volumes for the state of junior golf at the club at the moment,” continued Parrish.