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Ladies take top three places in The PGA’s annual graduation

Alex Mollin was leading lady on an historic day at the University of Birmingham, in which female golfers took the top three places in The PGA’s annual graduation ceremony for the first time. Based at Les Mielles, Jersey, Mollin said she was “honoured” to collect the Whitcombe Cox Trophy for the highest placed year three assistant from Titleist brand director Matthew Johnson and Beverly Lewis, the first female PGA captain, who was the special guest. Her achievement was also marked with a cheque for £3,500.

Gullane Golf Club’s Emma Fairnie was runner up with Kelly Hanwell of Al Badia Golf Club in Dubai coming third. Also picking up awards were Burford Golf Club’s Richard Talboys who collected the Lord Derby trophy as leading Year Two assistant while Keir McNicoll from Gullane Golf Club received the Major John Bywater trophy for being top Rookie Assistant of the Year.

Mollin capped a successful year by also winning the Ladies European Tour award in honour of her hard work and dedication in completing the course, while her efforts were further recognised as she was named the top performing year three GASP-accredited coach. The awards follow an impressive start to Mollin’s professional career, as she took top honours in both her first and second years.

She commented, “I feel incredibly proud to have done it. When I won Rookie of the Year it gave me belief to go on and try to follow that up. There’s no secret, I just worked really, really hard to achieve this. There was huge pressure coming into the third year having won years one and two. It was a case of maintaining that as I didn’t want to fall at the last hurdle. It was huge relief when I got the results.”

Photo shows from left:  Alex Mollin, Kelly Hanwell and Emma Fairnie.