PGA chairman Phil Weaver awarded OBE

By Steve Carpenter 18/06 Updated: 19/06 16:10

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ONE of the most respected figures in professional golf has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Phil Weaver has been awarded an OBE for his services to golf after serving as chairman of the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) for over 20 years.

The long-serving Coventry Golf Club head PGA professional has represented the PGA nationally and internationally since 1989 and has also played a key part in the success of Ryder Cup Limited.

"Naturally I am very flattered to be honoured and very humbled," said Weaver.

"I am not sure why I got it particularly, I am sure there are more people deserving in golf but I am absolutely delighted and thrilled.

"The club president has already phoned me up first thing to congratulate me while I've already had an email from former PGA captain Beverly Lewis who had read about it.

"I was notified about five or six weeks ago but have been sworn to secrecy so have not been able to tell anyone."

Weaver's career in golf began with an assistant PGA professional's role at Beau Desert Golf Club before moving to Great Barr as assistant to Joe Sutton.

His long association with Coventry began in 1966 when he became senior assistant to head pro Norman Roffe who he succeeded in 1979.

His role as head PGA pro he has played a pivotal role at Coventry where he is also course manager, making the club one of the most environmentally conscious and friendly in the country.

Weaver was also a very talented player, enjoying four years on the European Tour in the mid-70s, and he represented Great Britain & Ireland in two PGA Cups including the victorious side of 1983 at Muirfield.

In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by University College Dublin.

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