Davies and Evans get set for trips to Buckingham Palace after appearing on Honours List
ENGLISH golf had double cause for celebration in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, with four-time women’s major winner Laura Davies becoming a Dame and England Golf’s president-elect Nigel Evans being awarded an OBE.
Davies, who has won 84 titles in a professional career spanning almost 30 years, called her award ‘the greatest honour’ she has ever received.
“What makes it even more special is that it is an honour that transcends golf,” said the 12-time Solheim Cup player. “I was very proud when I received the letter in May and it has been really difficult keeping it a secret from my friends since then.
“I am sure there will be a fair bit of teasing from my close friends at home and on tour but I think they will be pleased, not only for me but also because it is a nice recognition for women’s golf.
“I am really looking forward to going to Buckingham Palace and sharing this occasion with my family and friends who have all played such a big part in my career.”
The Liverpool fan added: “I’ve already been asked if I will now be too posh to play football and the answer is definitely not!”
Davies, who won the 1986 Women’s Open at Birkdale concluded, “It will be very special playing in my 30th Ricoh Women’s British Open this summer at Royal Birkdale and, although I will feel very proud, it will definitely feel slightly unbelievable to be announced on the tee as Dame Laura Davies.”
Evans, meanwhile, remarked that he felt humble to have been granted an honour for doing something he has enjoyed for so long.
“To some extent this is an award for something that has been a labour of love for the past 35 years,” he said. “I have worked with Cheshire, the English Golf Union and now England Golf. It hasn’t been without its up-and-downs but I wouldn’t have missed the experience for the world.
“Getting this award is the icing on the cake and I feel very honoured. But amateur golf is largely a volunteer sport. I’ve been rewarded but a lot of people put in a lot of work for England Golf and I accept this on behalf of all the volunteers who don’t get recognised.”
Cheshire born and bred, Nigel began his working life with the National Westminster Bank as a 16-year-old and retired in 1998 after 37 years with the organisation, most of the time spent in Liverpool and Manchester. His final post was as a Business Director in the Chester area.
The 69-year-old, who has been a member of Sandiway Golf Club for more than 50 years, has held the posts of captain and chairman, been club champion, and has represented Cheshire at junior, colts, first team and senior levels.
A key figure in golf administration over the last 34 years, Evans als played a major role in the merger of the English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association, being chairman of the EGU steering group from 2009–2011.
Until this year, he was the chairman of England Golf and, next will, will take up the presidency of the organisation.