WINTER PARK, Fla. – Global Golf Post, the world’s first digital-only golf news publication, has named Global All-Amateur Teams, recognizing on-course amateur excellence around the world. A total of 178 men and women from around the world were recognized at the amateur, mid-amateur, and senior amateur levels.
“This type of global recognition for amateur excellence at all levels has never been done before,” said Jim Nugent, Global Golf Post founder and publisher.
As a part of the multi-page feature in the Dec. 2 issue, the Post named winning USA Walker Cup Captain Jim Holtgrieve and USGA Senior Women’s Amateur champion Ellen Port as its inaugural Amateurs of the Year in America.
“Jim and Ellen are tremendous choices for our first annual awards,” said Nugent. “They exemplify all that is important in the global amateur game today, on and off the course.”
Holtgrieve led the 2013 USA Walker Cup Team to a decisive 17-9 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at the National Golf Links of America in September. In his four-year run as captain, Holtgrieve was a passionate advocate for the amateur game and the importance of playing for one’s country.
Port successfully defended her 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur title with her victory in September at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. She is one of the most decorated women in amateur golf, and her six USGA championships are tied for fourth-most ever. Fittingly, she will captain the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team that will challenge Great Britain & Ireland in June at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, in her hometown.