MacCaskill hon­oured with life­time ser­vice award

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FORMER Den­ham Golf Club cap­tain Iain MacCaskill has won the England Golf Life­time Ser­vice Award.

MacCaskill has been closely in­volved with golf in Berks, Bucks & Oxon (BB&O) for decades and, in­spired by his own ex­pe­ri­ences as a young player, has been a huge sup­porter of ju­nior golf.

He re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion when pre­sented with his award by England Golf pres­i­dent Mar­ian Rae at a gala din­ner, which cel­e­brated the golfers and golf clubs who in­spire oth­ers to play.

He said: “My mo­ti­va­tion has al­ways been to help the boys on to the tal­ent path­way and ob­serve them achiev­ing their goals and ob­jec­tives.

“I was very lucky as a boy, and it spurs you on to give some­thing back to the game.”

A Scot who rep­re­sented his coun­try at boys and youth level, and who played in The Open at Royal Troon in 1962, MacCaskill be­gan vol­un­teer­ing in Scot­land and when he moved to Bucks he soon be­came ju­nior con­venor at Den­ham.

When his county in­volve­ment started he be­came BB&O ju­nior man­ager, then county pres­i­dent and fi­nally chair­man of BB&O ju­niors, a po­si­tion he con­tin­ues to hold.

His play­ers have in­cluded Rob Watts, who is now the lead coach to the England Golf boys’ squad, and Dean New­bold, who is now England Golf’s county de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for BB&O.

New­bold said: “It is no co­in­ci­dence that many of the ju­niors that have passed through the sys­tem un­der Iain have gone on to be very suc­cess­ful on and off the golf course. I first met him as a 13-year-old ju­nior golfer and the most no­table thing I can re­call is that he made me feel hugely val­ued. I was not the best player in the team, and prob­a­bly had the worst tech­nique, but I felt I could beat any­body, and this was down to the pep talks from Iain.”

Den­ham’s Iain MacCaskill re­ceives his award from England Golf pres­i­dent Mar­ian Rae

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