MacCaskill honoured with lifetime service award
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