UK Golf News    26th May, 2022 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk

New PGA captain is proud to follow her ‘role model’

Bennett pays tribute to late friend Beverly Lewis in accepting new role

Former Ladies European Tour pro Sarah Bennett has joined an illustrious list of names, including Open champions, as she becomes the 82nd person to take on the role of Captain of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).

Bennett takes over the role from three-time Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher. Significantly, she becomes only the second female captain of the PGA, following in the footsteps of her late friend, Beverly Lewis.

“It means so much to me personally following in the footsteps of my role model Beverly Lewis,” Bennett said. “If it wasn’t for ‘Bev’ I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“She used to coach me in her garden when I was 15 and we used to discuss my swing in her kitchen, I really tested her knowledge. She was always there for me as a mentor and friend, offering advice, support and encouragement during my career.”

Bennett joins other stars of the game in taking on the role, such as BBC commentator Peter Alliss, as well as several Open champions, including Sir Henry Cotton, Max Faulkner, Bobby Locke and James Braid.

Currently the teaching pro at Three Rivers Golf and Country Club, Bennett has had a long career as a professional golfer. She turned pro while a member at Colchester Golf Club, and would go on to spend 25 years on the Ladies European Tour. Since then, she has become one of the most respected and in-demand coaches in England, taking part in regional coaching for England Golf East.

Looking ahead, Bennett added: “I have always had huge respect for the Association since first becoming a member in 1990 and this is the proudest moment in my golfing career; following in the footsteps of legends in the game is something I will cherish forever.

“I have always enjoyed challenges and hard work and will do my upmost to continue to promote golf in its entirety and grow women’s golf at all levels of the game.”

Bennett’s appointment has been met with acclaim across the PGA, with Chief Executive Robert Maxfield praising her for her efforts.

“Sarah’s tireless voluntary and charity work makes her a great role model for all PGA Professionals to look up to,” he said.

“Throughout her career as a PGA Professional, she has demonstrated her excellence as a coach and devoted a huge amount of time helping people of all ages, ability and background into the game.

“She has been a loyal ambassador for the association, and I know she will prove to be a very popular and successful captain.”

Bennett will hope to take a more full on role than Gallacher who went before her, as many of the key events throughout the year were postponed due to the pandemic. In particular, the PGA Cup and Graduation will be key dates in the calendar for the new captain.


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