Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club in Suffolk has become the first winner of England Golf’s Championship Venue of the Year Award, sponsored by Travelbag.The club was honoured at last night’s England Golf Awards 2018, sponsored by Bridgestone. About 500 guests attended the glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England.Felixstowe Ferry hosted the 2017 English Women’s County Championship, a five day tournament involving six teams and their many supporters, which was eventually won by Yorkshire.Alison Kemp, who was ladies’ captain in 2017, said: “This just means everything to the club.” Jo Woodward, who helped to organise the event, added: “We are absolutely over the moon, this is testament to all the hard work that went into the championship by all the volunteers and staff, we have a great team at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.”The club produced a course in tip-top condition and its army of volunteers included tireless hostesses who looked after the needs of each team. The club overcame a shortage of space for spectators by setting up a refreshment tent – serving Pimm’s in the afternoon – which turned into a tournament hub.The attention to detail was remarkable, right down to the seaside-themed decorations on each team’s table and the specially produced signage which helped to organise the car park – and even the members’ dogs wore club collars.The new award was introduced to recognise the contribution of the golf clubs which host England Golf’s 55 championships and tournaments each year, offering competition to 6000 players, ranging from handicap golfers to elite amateurs.England Golf championship director James Crampton commented: “We couldn’t run our events without the amazing support of our clubs and volunteers. All three of our finalists went above and beyond to make their events outstanding successes and deciding on our winner was extremely difficult.“Felixstowe Ferry won through because of the scale of their enthusiasm. The club got right behind the event from our very first meeting and the support they gave us was quite exceptional.”The other finalists for the award were Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland, which hosted the English Senior Men’s County Championship – also won by Yorkshire; and Manchester Golf Club, hosts of the English U14 Boys’ Open Championship for the Reid Trophy, won by the South African Casey Jarvis.Caption: Felixstowe Golf Club representatives (from left) Alison Kemp, Jo Woodward and club secretary David Spencer, with their award. It was presented by Ian Sykes from sponsors Travelbag 22 Feb 2018 Suffolk golf club wins top national award Tags: Award, Championship Venue of the Year, Felixstowe Ferry
WOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED AFTER THE 6TH RACE SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2016)–As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and he will accept the award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following Sunday’s sixth race.“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern California riding titles.First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.