Golf News for Friday, April 20, 2012 | Books

Inaugural Golf Book of the Year at British Sports Book Awards 2012

Set in 350 acres of magnificent parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments created over the past 1,000 years, Stoke Park's impressive leisure facilities include a championship golf course designed in 1908 by Harry Colt, widely considered to be one of the finest course designers of the 20th century.

By supporting the Golf Book of the Year, Stoke Park is looking to further establish itself as a premier golfing and leisure destination that is easily accessible from London and within just a few miles of Heathrow.

"Stoke Park is delighted to be associated with the British Sports Book Awards in its 10th Anniversary. With the introduction of the new golf book award we recognise the value and importance of books within our game. Stoke Park's history has been recorded over the past 1,000 years and we felt the opportunity to be involved with the Golf Book Award fitted perfectly with our heritage," commented Stuart Collier, Director of Golf at Stoke Park

The judging panel for the Golf Book of the Year will be headed up by veteran golf journalist, John Hopkins, who enjoyed a successful career with The Times for many years and remains a highly-respected freelancer writing for a variety of publications.

The new golf book award, which coincides with the introduction of a Motorsport Book of the Year, joins the already well-established categories of football, rugby, cricket and horse racing.

"We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious sponsor in Stoke Park for the inaugural Golf Book of the Year Award and look forward to welcoming them alongside our family of partners to The Savoy in May," commented Omar Khan, Co-owner of The British Sports Book Awards and Director of Khan Consulting.

The winners of the British Sports Book Awards 2012 will be revealed at a black tie dinner at The Savoy Hotel in London on 21st May when Nick Hornby will also be presented with a special award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing', 20 years on from the publication of 'Fever Pitch'.

To mark the 10th staging of the Awards, the organisers have negotiated a 30-mintue highlights programme of the awards ceremony which will be televised on Sky Sports TV on the 25th May. Both the ceremony and programme will be hosted by Natalie Pinkham (Sky Sports TV) and Rishi Persad (BBC TV Sport).

Following the Awards night, all category winners will then be entered into an online public vote via to find the Overall British Sports Book of the Year, the result of which will be announced on 11th June.

Nominees for the BSBA Golf Book of the Year Presented by Stoke Park

• 18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes
by Craig Morrison, Andrew Ross, John Kernick (18 Greatest Golf)

• A Journey Through the Annals of The Golfing Annuals 1888-1910
by H R J Grant and D M Wilson (Grant Books)

• England's Finest Links: History of Royal Cinque Ports
by David L Dobby (Broadside Publishing)

• From Old Tom to the Tiger: The Golf Majors 1860-2010 - the First 150 Years
by Alun Evans (Evanstar Publishing)

• Golf Courses, Great Britain and Ireland
by David Cannon (Rizzoli International Publications)

• The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers
by Andy Farrell (Elliott & Thompson)

• The Caddy Chronicles: Book One - The Rookie Season
by J J McClure (Createspace)

For further information on Stoke Park, please contact:
Nick Downie - - 01753 717 176

For further information on the BSBA Golf Book of the Year, please contact:
Helen Heady - - 07966 491 509

For general press enquiries please contact:
Rachel Nicholson - - 07912 899 588

To book a table/place at the dinner on 21st May please contact:
Omar Khan - - 07764 299 902

Stoke Park
Set among 350 acres of beautiful parkland and landscaped gardens, and only a 35- minute drive from central London and seven miles from London Heathrow, Stoke Park is a 5 star Hotel, Spa and Country Club which offers the most idyllic escape with Luxurious Traditional and Contemporary Accommodation, nine Meeting and Private entertainment Rooms, a 27 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by the legendary Harry Colt in 1908, the award winning Stoke Park Spa, three Restaurants (Humprhy's - 2 AA Rosettes), First Class Health and Racquet facilities, a Crèche and much more.

For full details, visit the website or T: 01753 71 71 71

British Sports Book Awards
Launched 10 years ago by the National Sporting Club that was originally based at the Cafe Royal, The British Sports Book Awards is now recognised as a highlight of the sports publishing year.

The British Sports Book Awards attract submissions from over 50 companies, large and small, for consideration in 10 award categories and is an opportunity for writers, editors, sporting stars and VIP corporate supporters to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere in the elegant confines of one of London's most iconic hotels, the newly-renovated Savoy Hotel.

A panel of distinguished judges in each sporting category assists in the creation of shortlists and embarks on the serious business of picking a worthy winner.

Sponsors of the 10th Annual British Sports Book Awards include: Ladbrokes, The Times, Butler Tanner and Dennis, Little Hampton Book Services, Stoke Park, Foundation for Sport and the Arts, Simon & Schuster, Getty Images and Arbuthnot Latham.

For full details, visit the website -