The Open Championship: The forgotten awards on offer at St Andrews

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There are many other prizes being handed out along with he Claret Jug, which may not get the media exposure they deserve.

An interesting story from this weeks Open Championship was Greg Owen receiving his award for the lowest single round by a PGA Professional nine years ago.

The oldest trophy in the PGA's history, the Totting Bec Cup, was presented to Greg Owen, who had scored an opening round of 68 in this year's Open Championship.


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However, it wasn't for his performances this year but his efforts at Royal Liverpool in 2006. Back then he opened his campaign with a 67 but was unaware of the trophy until he returned to the United States, where he currently resides.  

The Brit was made aware of his achievement by David Wright of the PGA and he recalls the events of the week, where he finished 22nd, at the tournament won by Tiger Woods.

“I was playing with Phil Mickelson and 10 minutes before I was due to tee off my back popped out and I had to rush in and see the physio,” recalling to the PGA. “He managed to sort me out and I had a wonderful day. It was a lot of fun.”

This week, he was able to be finally awarded with the winner's medal by PGA captain, Nicky Lumb. I guess it is better late than never, but still a fantastic way of remembering the achievements at Royal Liverpool.  

The Englishman has had a stella career, culminating is over $6million in earnings on the PGA Tour, but it seems as though he will not be able to win the medal again this week.  

The Tooting Bec Cup looks likely to be awarded to fellow PGA Professional and former Open champion, Paul Lawrie, with his opening round of 66.

Iain Roberts attains ultimate honour

Renowned as one of the best coaches in Asia, Iain Roberts was awarded with PGA Master Professional status at this week's Open Championship. Lumb was on hand again to hand over what is arguably the top award for any PGA Professional, at the PGA Cocktail Presentation at St Andrews.

Roberts galvanised the roles of PGA Professionals in Hong Kong and now currently plies his trade at Mission Hills Golf Club, China. He manages all aspects of golf at the World's largest golf club and is the author of "The Busy Golfer" and "My Golf Teaching Manual"

He now has his name in lights, alongside PGA Master Professionals, David Leadbetter, Pete Cowen, Scott Cranfield and John Jacobs OBE. 

“It’s a great honour, it doesn’t seem as though I’ve been working in golf as long as I have but it’s been a whirlwind career that has gone so fast,” he said to

It just shows that not everything this week is about the big names in golf. The PGA Professional is this heart of the game and without them, participation would be lower and heroes of the game may not emerge.

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