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She continued

Commenting on the news Sarah said

“This is the proudest moment in my golfing career
…..the news came totally out of the blue and was a
shock”
“I will have big shoes to fill following on from Bernard
Gallacher next year, but I look forward to working
alongside him as vice-captain in 2021, preparing for
what will be the biggest role in my career.
I am excited and can’t wait to commence my
ambassadorial role representing the association at
major events on The PGA schedule.”
“It means so much to me personally following in the
footsteps of my role model Beverley Lewis,”
“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 and four years out
due to my illness”.
Commenting on Sarah’s nomination as PGA Captain, the Association’s Chief Executive, Robert
Maxfield, said:
“Sarah was a unanimous choice to become Captain of The PGA in 2022.
Throughout her career as a PGA Professional, Sarah 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.
Sarah’s tireless voluntary and charity work make her a great role model for all PGA
Professionals to look up to. She has been a loyal ambassador for the Association and I know
she will prove to be a very popular and successful Captain.”
I am sure that we are all proud of Sarah’s achievement and wish her all the success in her
captaincy role.
Sarah Bennett, one of our PGA Teaching Professionals is to become the next Captain of the PGA. She will
become Captain of the Association in 2022 replacing Bernard Gallacher when his reign as Captain ends next
year. Sarah will follow in the footsteps of her close friend and mentor Beverley Lewis when she becomes only the
second female to Captain The PGA.
During a practice round for the WPGA
Championship Sarah received a voicemail from
PGA Chairman Alan White. Initially she thought
that it would be about some tournament related
issue, however when returning the call she found
out about the appointment.
The first female to hold the Captaincy role was
Beverley Lewis in 2005. Beverley was key role
model for Sarah, she coached her as a junior and
the two remained close friends until Beverley sadly
passed away last year after a long fight against
leukaemia.
“It means so much to me personally following in
the footsteps of my role model Beverley Lewis,”
Sarah continued. “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 and four years out due to my
illness”.
After being told she should not play golf again due
to her sudden onset of Vesibular Impairment,
which forced her out of work for four years, Sarah
proved the medics wrong. She worked through years of rehabilitation, demonstrating her tenacity.
As well as being a dedicated and well-respected coach in the Essex region, a former under-18 East Regional
England coach and Ladies European Tour player for 25 years, Sarah is well-known for the hours she devotes to
helping the less fortunate. She won the Association’s Toby Sunderland Award in 2018, an accolade given annually
to celebrate the many wide-ranging charitable achievements by PGA Professionals across Great Britain and
Ireland.
Bennett’s work for charity over the years has included the Golf Fore Recovery initiative for wounded and sick
Armed Forces personnel and Canine Partners. More recently, she lost her close friend, Wendy Lodder , to
Thymic Carcinoma an extremely rare form of cancer, raising more than £20,000 to fund research into the
disease.
Sarah Bennett to become PGA Captain in 2022
Published : 20/09/2020
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