European tour winner Tommy Fleetwood and Solheim Cup star Georgia Hall were the big winners at the inaugural American Golf Awards.
With all awards voted for by the British golfing public, Fleetwood received the award for Men’s Player of the Year after a sensational 2017 which saw him win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, French Open and, in doing so, rise to No.16 in the world.
Hall, meanwhile, won Women’s Player of the Year, after following up a T4 finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a promising debut in the Solheim Cup, where she won two points.
“Getting this award means so much,” said Fleetwood. “I’ve been able to get back to form this year with the support of my friends, family and the fantastic team around me, and to now have the public recognise all the hard work is really special.”
Twenty-one-year-old Hall said: “I was up against many great friends I’m absolutely honoured to be able to win this award – it means a lot to me.”
Those were just two of the many awards handed out on the night. The American Golf Game Changer Award was one of the most well-received on the night and went to PGA Master Professional Alasdair Barr for his continuing dedication to the development of the game worldwide and his work for the On Course Foundation.
In the other awards handed out, Ifield Golf Club man Jon Earl won PGA Professional of the Year, Ping took home Brand of the Year, Arccos won Most Innovative Product of the Year for its Arccos Caddie and Golf Facility of the Year went to 3 Hammers Golf Complex in Wolverhampton.
Daniel Gathercole, American Golf director of marketing and communications, said: “It’s been a huge honour for us that so many members of the public wanted to be part of our drive to recognise the best in golf.”