ALAN PARKER of Barton-on-Sea could be excused for putting his feet up and relaxing at the age of 86.
Instead he is ready and willing to help The PGA in Hampshire as they prepare for a new season just as he has done the past 20 years.
Parker is one of a band of volunteers who work alongside secretary Roger Tuddenham to make sure the tournament schedule operates like clockwork.
He is happy to help and offer an encouraging word or two to the participants be they young or old and wish them well.
Now his charming personality, enduring enthusiasm and unswerving commitment to the cause has been recognised by his peers.
Parker was presented with the award for an “outstanding contribution” to the Hampshire PGA by Roger Tuddenham at their annual dinner following a rousing ovation from fellow diners.
Roger said it was a pleasure to be in Parker’s company on the circuit and recalled the miles and hours they had to put in as the season unfolded. He said “I would sometimes pick Alan up from his house at four in the morning to catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight for a tournament. He would be bright and breezy.
“Then when we caught the late boat back, I would be tired and grumpy after working all day, but Alan would still be bright and breezy. He is a remarkable man.”
Parker, who has been a member of Brokenhurst Manor for 50 years, said “I am shocked, stunned and totally surprised and privileged to have my name on this trophy. There are some great names on it.
“I came into golf quite late, I enjoyed playing cricket as well, and have not played as much as I would have liked recently.
“So I’m very grateful I can keep in touch with the game through the PGA. If they need me, I will be there. It helps keep me young.”