Next month’s Scottish Golf Awards will pay tribute to the legacy of the late Bob Torrance with the creation of an annual coaching award in his honour.
‘The Bob Torrance Coach of the Year Award’, will be presented for the first time at this year’s showpiece event in Edinburgh on Friday, March 20, in memory of the legendary coach who sadly passed away last July.
Bob’s son, Sam, the victorious 2002 Ryder Cup captain and a vice-captain under Paul McGinley for Europe’s win at Gleneagles in September, will fittingly present the inaugural award to a worthy recipient at the Corn Exchange venue next month. sportscotland, the national agency for sport, will kindly sponsor the award.
Tributes poured in for Bob Torrance during last summer’s Open Championship after one of the greatest golf coaches in the history of the game lost his short battle with cancer, aged 82.
The Largs legend helped Irishman Padraig Harrington win back-to-back Open titles in 2007 and 2008 and was coach to a host of other leading players, among them McGinley, Marc Warren, Stephen Gallacher and Sam, himself.
Bob Torrance’s work also extended to the amateur game and he was the Scottish Golf Union’s national coach, influencing many up and coming players as well as younger coaches.
‘The Bob Torrance Coach of the Year Award’ will now be presented annually to a male or female PGA professional coach who is actively engaged in the teaching of golf in Scotland. They must have shown exceptional leadership and dedication to the game, as well as a level of success in their work.
Speaking of the award, Sam Torrance said: “I’m hugely proud my father is to be remembered in this way on an annual basis at the Scottish Golf Awards. It’s a wonderful tribute to his work over so many years and I thank the Scottish Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association for incorporating this award into what is a great event.
“My father was one of the best coaches in the world and I’m sure there are many coaches who look up to him and take inspiration from his work. I look forward to being in Edinburgh on March 20 to present the award for the first time and I’m sure we’ll have a very worthy recipient.”
Tickets are still available for the 2015 Scottish Golf Awards, co-hosted by BBC golf commentator Andrew Cotter and Sky broadcaster Caroline Henderson.
For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit the Scottish Golf website.