Golf News for Friday, February 14, 2014 | Awards

McDowell, McGinley, Grant and Cannon win 2013 Irish Golf Writers Awards sponsored by Carr Golf Group

Graeme McDowell has been voted ‘Professional of the Year’ at the Irish Golf Writers’ Association awards for 2013, which are being sponsored by the Carr Golf Group. The 34-year-old Ulsterman was a multiple winner on tour last year, when he captured the RBC Heritage tournament on the PGA Tour and added the Volvo World Match-Play championship and Alstom French Open titles on the PGA European Tour.

Paul McGinley, the first Irishman to be elected captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, will be the recipient of the ‘Distinguished Services to Golf’ award. Paul will be recognised by the IGWA for his outstanding contribution to Irish golf at the awards dinner on March 6th. McGinley has throughout his career, offered great support for the development of junior golfers in Ireland.

Paula Grant (Lisburn Golf Club) has been voted ‘Women’s Amateur of the Year’ and Robbie Cannon (Balbriggan Golf Club) has won the ‘Men’s Amateur of the Year’ award.

The recipients will receive their awards at an Awards Dinner, sponsored by Carr Golf Group, to be held at Portmarnock Golf Club on March 6th.


• The Irish Golf Writers’ Association (IGWA) was founded in 1976 and hosts an annual awards dinner to honour the Professional Player of the Year, the Women’s Amateur Player of the Year, the Men’s Amateur Player of the Year and a person who has been deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to golf in Ireland.

• Carr Golf Group operates two main divisions; Carr Golf Travel and Carr Golf Services.

Founded in 1989 and celebrating 25 years in business in 2014, Carr Golf Travel has grown to become Ireland and Scotland’s leading inbound golf tour operator. Through an in-depth knowledge of golf and working with only the finest partners in the industry, Carr Golf Travel offers the ultimate golf travel experiences and golf travel destinations, particularly golf in Ireland and Scotland. Carr Golf Travel have attracted an exclusive client base, including NBC Sports, UBS, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, KPMG and CNN to mention but a few. Its world renowned tournaments, including its World Invitational Father & Son Golf Tournament, have been featured on the Golf Channel, CNN, TV3 and Setanta.

Carr Golf Services has been a leading provider of business solutions to the golf industry for over 25 years. Leveraging an extensive knowledge of the International golf markets, Carr Golf Services manages several golf businesses on behalf of clients. In 2013 over 300,000 customers used facilities under management. The company’s clients include local authorities, NAMA, Pwc, FGS, KPMG, Grant Thornton, AIB and several private members clubs. Carr Golf Services have also recently set up a JV maintenance outsourcing business, Golf Course Maintenance Services (GCMS) which now has 13 courses under maintenance contract.