Georgia Hall, the reigning Women’s British Open Champion and R&A Ambassador, has been appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Last August, the English player won her first major title with a two-shot victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes. Hall became only the third British winner since the event became a major championship in 2001.
The 23-year-old went on to win back-to-back Ladies European Tour Order of Merit titles.
Hall is hoping her honour can act as a springboard to more success and also help to further gain exposure for the women’s game.
Hall said: “I am unbelievably honoured to be receiving an MBE. It has been so hard for me to keep this exciting news a secret from my family and friends, so I am really happy to be able to talk about it now.
“It’s a huge boost for my confidence ahead of a busy summer of tournaments and I think it’s so awesome for women’s golf to be recognised in this way.
“I literally can’t wait to go to St James Palace and, when I get my next bit of time off, my mum and I will definitely be focusing on getting our outfits sorted.”
In February, Hall became an R&A ambassador to help raise the profile of women’s and girls’ golf in support of the Women in Golf Charter. The Charter aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and to enable more women and girls to flourish at all levels of the sport and maximise their potential.
Hall will look to defend her AIG Women’s British Open title at Woburn from 1 – 4 August.