Poulter latest to receive Recognition Award from association in light of his contribution to golf
By Chris Doyle
Ian Poulter has received a PGA Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the game of golf and the PGA.
Poulter, who began his career as an assistant pro back in the 1990s, received the prestigious award at the annual PGA lunch at Grosvenor House in London.
The 40-year-old Ryder Cup hero follows in the footsteps of several golfing greats to have won the award including Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomery.
Among the 1,050 guests was Lee Scarbrow, the PGA pro who gave a young Poulter his first start as an assistant.
Poulter singled Scarbrow out along with Dan Field, who he did his PGA training with, for the help he got from the two at the beginning of his career.
“Lee was my boss at Leighton Buzzard, if it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t be where I am today," he said. "It is amazing to think I worked for such a good guy who saw potential in me as a player, although probably not as the assistant opening the shop on time, otherwise I would have been fired a long time ago.
“To think back to the PGA days, to come through it as a qualified PGA member, to use that as a stepping stone to where I have managed to get in the world of golf is incredible so I’m hugely honoured to be given the award. It is amazing.”
Poulter shared a wealth of stories with the audience during a Q&A with Dougie Donnelly, including tales of his early years as a PGA assistant to his Ryder Cup heroics, notably the 'Miracle at Medinah'.
With charity very much at the heart of the event, Poulter donated his £25,000 cheque to Dreamflight charity, an organisation that helps underprivileged children. The PGA also presented the Golf Foundation with a £50,000 donation continuing their support within the grass roots of golf.
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones praised Poulter for his contribution to the game of golf and for winning the award: “We are delighted to present the PGA Recognition award to Ian, it is richly deserved. The success he has had in scaling the heights of the game just proves what you can do if you have the desire and the commitment. His Ryder Cup record and achievements in the game are a testimony to that.”