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The countdown is on for England Golf Awards

The countdown is on to the 2017 England Golf Awards when TV personality Di Dougherty will be the celebrity host for a night of celebration.

Cricket legend David Gower will also be at Lord’s for Thursday’s glittering event, when the spotlight will turn on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf.

Over 400 people will attend the black tie event which will feature some of the biggest names in Tour golf, with exclusive messages for the audience.

England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “This is the first time we’ve staged our awards in this way and we’ve had a fantastic response from golfers, clubs and counties as well as representatives from across the golf industry and the media. We’re looking forward to a great night and to blowing the trumpet for golf in England. The stories of our award winners, whether they’re grass roots golfers or leading Tour players, are truly inspirational.”

Awards will include the Team of the Year, the Players of the Year, the winners of Lifetime Achievement and Lifetime Service Awards and the England Golf Order of Merit winners.

There will be recognition for the stars of club and county golf who do so much to inspire people to play the game. Seven awards will honour these heroes of the game, who will be named from the previously announced finalists:

Club Coach of the Year
Ben Knight, PGA professional of Chartham Park Golf Club, Sussex
James Verrall, PGA professional of Haywards Heath Golf Club, Sussex

Volunteer of the Year
Simon Bacon of Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, Nottinghamshire
Jenny Davies of Bondhay Golf Club, Yorkshire

Young Ambassador of the Year in association with the Golf Foundation
Emma Anderson of Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Nottinghamshire
Dualle Dabayl, Golf Activator with Community Golf, Surrey

GolfMark Club of the Year sponsored by TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Essendon Country Club, Hertfordshire
The Point at Polzeath, Cornwall

Most Welcoming Golf Club, sponsored by american golf
Fynn Valley Golf Club, Suffolk
Leeds Golf Centre, Yorkshire

Strongest Community Engagement
Bromley Golf Centre, Kent
Hollingbury Park Golf Course, Sussex

County of the Year, sponsored by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC
Lancashire
Warwickshire