Llanymynech Golf Club’s new junior course has been named in honour of the club’s course manager. Allen Lewis.
To mark his 40 years service to the club. the new six-hole development has been named the Allen Lewis Academy Course.
A member of the club since 1967, Lewis joined the ground staff as a 15-year-old in 1972 and was appointed to his role in 1996.
To honour his 40 years with the club members held a surprise party on Saturday.
A new course sign was unveiled in front of a packed club-house containing greenkeepers from neighbouring clubs.
A member of the club’s successful Hargrove and Scratch League teams. he also holds the course record of 64, nett 60, set on Captain’s Day in 2007.
Making the presentation club captain John Gibson said: “His management and development of the course has helped make Llanymynech Golf Club into the well-known and must-visit venue that it is for many thousands of golfers today.
“Having first started as a junior member with us, then assisting in the coaching of junior members and then creating the new junior course, it is appropriate that this development be named the Allen Lewis Academy Course.”
Lewis said he was both surprised and honoured by the gesture from the club.
He said: “When I saw so many people arriving, I started to wonder what was going on.
“It’s an amazing honour to have a course named after you but it’s really been a team effort to build and prepare it.
“Everyone at the club is very supportive of the sport and I have seen Llanymynech develop into an outstanding club during my time here.”