Peter Dawson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter Dawson, the Chief Executive of The R&A, received a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 HSBC Golf Business Forum in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

He received the award from Matteo Manassero, who last year won the PGA Championship at Wentworth on the European Tour and was the winner of the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry.

The award recognises outstanding contribution, achievement and leadership in both the game and business of golf. Past winners include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Greg Norman. George O’Grady CBE, Chief Executive of The European Tour, and Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner, were the joint recipients of the 2013 Award.

Mr Dawson became Chief Executive of The R&A in 1999 having previously worked in the engineering industry. He was appointed President of the International Golf Federation in December 2010.

“It’s a thrill to receive this in front of so many people who are involved in the business of golf and love the game,” he said. “It’s a particular thrill to receive this from Matteo – I have known him for many years and at such a young age he is a fantastic ambassador for golf.”