Dinah Oxley Spirit of Golf Award - Nomination Form
Nominate a young person for this prestigious new national award
The Golf Foundation is excited to announce the launch of a special new award – the inaugural ‘Dinah Oxley Spirit of Golf Award’ – to recognise a young person who has made a significant contribution to junior golf.
Each year national charity the Golf Foundation awards its ‘Spirit of Golf Award’ to a leading world golfer to recognise their outstanding contribution to golf and for inspiring many younger golfers to enjoy the game. Previous winners have included Paul McGinley (2019), Padraig Harrington (2017), Dame Laura Davies (2016), Justin Rose (2015), Tom Watson (2013), and Gary Player (2007).
This year, for the first time, the charity would like to recognise a junior golfer who has made their own strong contribution to golf. The Golf Foundation will be presenting this award to honour the generous legacy donation made to the charity by Dinah Oxley, one of the finest amateur golfers this country has ever produced.
Dinah Oxley was an incredibly impressive golfer who started her golfing journey at West Byfleet Golf Club and through the 1960s and ’70s competed for her country and county more than 40 times. She was crowned British Girl Champion twice (1963 and 1970), English Girl Champion three times (1965, 1970 and 71) and French Girl Champion in 1969. Dinah was Surrey Champion five times between 1967 and 1977 and competed four times between 1968 and 1976 as a member of the Curtis Cup team, and twice (1967 and 1971) in the Commonwealth Team. She dominated the amateur sport in this way for a number of years and was named British Golfer of the Year in 1970.
Dinah was meticulous, hard-working, conscientious and very modest about her golfing ability. She had enormous talent but never turned professional – like many women at the time, family commitments took priority. However, Dinah was always devoted and involved in golf throughout her life – she went on to become Secretary at Wentworth and then Worplesdon GC, and in her later years dedicated her time to encouraging youngsters into the game.
The award will be presented at this year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in September at the Golf Foundation’s junior stand in the Spectator Village (subject to Covid restrictions), in a dual presentation with this year’s Spirit of Golf Award winner (to be revealed on the day). The BMW PGA Championship is taking place from 9-12 September but the presentation may be arranged for Wednesday 8th or Thursday 9th (the date is to yet be confirmed).
Nominations are now closed.