The much-loved teaching professional will take over the role in 2022
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We love that more and more women are taking up key positions in the golf industry, and so we’re delighted to hear that Sarah Bennett will become the second female to ever captain The Professional Golfers Association (PGA).
Following in the footsteps of her close friend and mentor Beverley Lewis (who became the first female Captain of the organisation back in 2005), the head teaching professional from Three Rivers Golf & Country Club will pick up the role in 2022.
Sarah, is delighted with her new appointment.
“This is the proudest moment in my golfing career,” she said Bennett,
“The news came totally out of the blue and was a shock. I was preparing to play in the WPGA Championship when I found out. I was stunned but I am extremely honoured, humbled and immensely proud to captain this historic Association.
“Being appointed Captain Elect of The PGA had never been on my radar or something I had ever considered, following in the footsteps of legends in the game is something I will cherish forever and I will do my upmost to continue to promote golf in its entirety and grow women’s golf at all levels of the game.
“As a PGA Professional you strive to be the best you can and advance your career, offering the best for your clients and members. Having those three letters after your name demonstrates dedication and commitment. I have always enjoyed the challenge and hard work having so much respect for this organisation since I first became a Member in 1990.”
Beverley Lewis made history when she became the association’s first female Captain, and she also coached Sarah as a junior. The two remained close friends until Lewis sadly passed away last year aged 71 after a long fight against leukaemia.
Sarah said she is honoured to carry on her legacy.
“It means so much to me personally following in the footsteps of my role model Beverley Lewis,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Sarah started her golfing journey at Colchester Golf Club where she turned professional. She then had to overcome some difficult times when she suffered a sudden onset of Vesibular Impairment, and was forced to stop work for four years.
She was also advised that she shouldn’t play golf again, but after working hard through years of rehabilitation, she made an amazing recovery.
As well as being a well-respected coach in the Essex region, Sarah was the under-18 East Regional England coach and she also played on the Ladies European Tour player for 25 years.
She’s certainly one of golf’s heroes and we’re sure she will do a brilliant job as Captain of The PGA.
Well done Sarah!