Tuesday, June 04, 2013

THE GOLF FOUNDATION - Major Award presented to Ayrshire man

Sir Henry Cotton
Award Winner
Tim Morrison
Ayrshire man Tim Morrison received the highest recognition for his many years of support to the development of junior golf last month, when he was presented with the Sir Henry Cotton Award for services to junior golf, at The Golf Foundation Presidents Awards Ceremony held at Wentworth Golf Club on Wednesday 22nd May.

A member of both Turnberry and Prestwick golf club, where he is a Past Captain, the award is fitting recognition of the contribution Tim has made to the development of junior golf at both a local and national level for many years.

The particular award was perhaps all the more special due to the close family connections between the Morrison family and Sir Henry, who was Tim's godfather and who often gave both Tim and his brother Brian golf lessons during family holidays in Penina, Portugal.

The following report is from The Golf Foundation website

The Sir Henry Cotton Award for long-term service to junior golf was presented to Tim Morrison.

The Foundation’s most prestigious award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to junior golf over a sustained period of time.

Golf Foundation Chief Executive Mike Round said: “This year, I’m so pleased to be able to say that the Sir Henry Cotton Award is going to someone who not only matches the criteria of having made a significant contribution, but also someone who has a personal connection with Sir Henry Cotton himself – in fact Sir Henry Cotton was his Godfather.

“When I was first told about this individual many years ago, I didn’t fully appreciate the scale and scope of the work he did for the Golf Foundation and for junior golf. Since my taking over the role of Chief Executive and having spent a considerable amount of time north of the border, his commitment to the cause of junior golf has become more and more apparent.”

Mike added: “Back in 1995, Tim started running a fundraising event in Scotland assisted by his lovely wife Maggie and with the help of the good folk at Turnberry. Such is his passion for junior golf, that every year he has used his connections inside and outside the sport and has encouraged individuals and organisations to take teams at his events. He has cajoled, persuaded and occasionally twisted arms, but always with a gentle and friendly manner. To date, his event has raised just short of £300,000 – and all of that money has been donated to the Golf Foundation. This contribution has been a fundamental element of our funding for Scotland and many schools and clubs have benefited as a result of the funding he has provided.

“In 2011, the annual event that year had to be abandoned as a result of some of the heaviest rain ever seen in Turnberry but, such is the strength of feeling for our winner, his guests did not seek any sort of refund and he still handed over a donation of £22,000 that year.”

The Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust also sponsors an U16’s junior tournament which attracts a field of around 120 youngsters from across Scotland, and Mr Morrison has supported numerous talented young players with the potential for high performance. He has also been on the committee of the Maybole Junior Golf Initiative which established the Maybole Golf Academy. This started with a dozen children, but now regularly involves 60 to 70.

Mike Round concluded: “In Tim Morrison we couldn’t have a more deserving winner who carries out his work with such style and generosity to others. We were delighted to present Tim with this award.”

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