The Jerry Donworth Outstanding Contribution to Golf Award
Wilma Erksine - 2018
Noel Cronin - 2017
Mary McKenna MBE - 2016
Sir William Hastings - 2015
Christy O'Connor Jr - 2014
Jay Connolly - 2013
Jerry Donworth and his wife Bina founded JD Golf Tours in 1990. Since its incorporation, the company has grown to be one of the most successful Golf travel companies. JD Golf Tours has a strong reputation for quality, hospitably, professionalism and work ethic.
The Donworth family and golf go hand in hand. Jerry uniquely was elected Captain of Shannon Golf Club on two occasions, 1972 and 1990. Jerry was a prime mover in the establishment and promotion of the Shannon Pro-Am, for many years the most prestigious event of its kind in Ireland and was a lifelong member of Lahinch Golf Club. Bina, also an accomplished golfer Captained Shannon Golf Club 1969 and was elected the first President of the club in 1998. Bina today enjoys playing golf in Shannon and Lahinch Golf Club.
In 1996 Jerry Donworth founded the Ireland Golf Tour Operators Association (IGTOA). The goal was to promote and support Irish Golf Tourism and position Ireland as the best golfing destination in the world. The association today is the voice of Irish Golf Tourism. Each year the IGTOA host the Gala Irish Golf Awards, the awards recognise hotels, golf courses, companies and individuals for their high standards of service, quality, continued excellence and contribution to golf. To honour Jerrys impact on Irish golf, the signature award on the night is the Jerry Donworth Outstanding Contribution to Golf Award. Such notables as Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Richard Hills, Christy OConnor Snr, Christy OConnor Jnr and Jay Connelly have been recipients of the award.
THE JERRY DONWORTH OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO GOLF AWARD
Receiving awards is always special and gives great satisfaction for the work one has done, getting an award from my very good friend Jerry Donworth and presented by his daughter Kyra was extra special and one I will always treasure, thank you to the Donworth family
– Christy O’Connor Jr
ROLL OF HONOUR
2005Dr. Michael Smurfit
2009Christy O’Connor Snr
2014Christy O’Connor Jnr
2015Sir William Hastings
2016Mary McKenna MBE
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