Dame Laura Davies has accepted the invitation to become Honorary President of the Parliamentary Golf Group. The World Golf Hall of Fame member, and former world number one, is one of the most successful UK golfers of all time and was appointed a Member, Commander and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to golf. Since turning professional in 1985, winning Rookie of the Year, International Newcomer of the Year and The Order of Merit, Dame Laura has won 79 tournaments, including 4 majors. She was the first golfer, male or female, to win on five different continents in one season and was named the Sports Journalists Association’s ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ in 1995 and 1996.
In 2015, Dame Laura set up the Laura Davies Foundation, with the objective of raising money for causes in the UK and worldwide that are close to her heart. Since its establishment, the Foundation has been able to support a number of charities and causes. The Foundation will also seek to promote opportunities for women’s professional golf in the UK and beyond. For more information on the Foundation go to www.lauradaviesgolf.com.
The Golf Group’s Chairman, Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, commented; “On behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, I am delighted to welcome Dame Laura Davies as our first ever Honorary President. What she has achieved in the game is phenomenal and it is our intention to support both her work and hear from her where she feels we can support golf through Parliament. My Parliamentary colleagues and I are very much looking forward to working with her.”
In accepting the role, Dame Laura said; “I am honoured to accept the Honorary Presidency of the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group. The Group’s deliberately broad aims and independent role in the sport mean they can tackle issues others cannot. I am delighted to accept the role and look forward to working with them.”