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Michael Rees earns Gerald Micklem Award – Golf News

By admin May31,2024

Suffolk’s Michael Rees has been presented with England Golf’s Gerald Micklem Award in recognition of his exceptional commitment to golf in various roles across the sport.

Named in honour of the former English Amateur champion and Walker Cup player, the Gerald Micklem Award was set up in 1990 and annually recognises those unsung individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to further the interest of amateur golf in England.

Rees has made quite the impact in the world of golf in England, particularly at his local club where he has been club captain at Rookery Park in 1989 and 1994, before serving as president from 2001-2003.

He has also been a trustee for over 20 years, and is an honorary life member, currently occupying the role of Competitions & Handicap Chairman.

At county level, Rees was President of Suffolk Golf Union in 2010/11 and First Team Captain in 2012 when Suffolk made it to the County Finals for the first time ever. He is also a Chief Referee and Rules Adviser and remains a Board Member, while he was President of the South East Group from 2017-2019 and currently occupies the role of Championships Chairman and Chief Referee.

Rees’ commitment to the game doesn’t stop there. He has been a Tournament Panel referee for many years and has also officiated at The R&A, DP World Tour and Ladies European championships.

Furthermore, he has been a member of the England Golf Competitions Working Group and a Rules Schools tutor within England (including Guernsey) and undertakes informal rules evenings for counties and clubs.

Upon receiving his award at the England Golf AGM on April 24, the former auctioneer and wholesale fish merchant said: “I can’t believe it. I thought I was getting asked to provide a rules evening! I’d like to thank all the various Suffolk secretaries and South East Secretary Martin McDermott, he’s been so helpful.

There are so many great people doing so many great things for the game. For me, I’ve basically got an award for something I like doing.

“My roles have given me the chance to visit some lovely places around the country and meet some super people. The season never stops, I just love it. My wife Sandra has to put up with me being away all the time.

My daughter is an ex-county player, her fiancée is a PGA professional, so all my wife hears is golf, golf, golf. She even knows the rules by default now!”

Asked about what’s next for the 76-year-old, he added: “I hope to carry on doing what I’m doing now. I am the current Championship Chairman of the South East Group and would like to continue. While I’m fit enough, I hope I can keep doing what I love.”

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