Neil Coles championed the cause of European unity through golf for the past 29 years and continues to do so in unparalleled acts of dedication and service to his fellow professionals.
In recognition of his tireless effort, Coles was selected by the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors through the Lifetime Achievement category for his remarkable contributions to the international development of the game.
A leading pioneer in the inception of the European PGA Tour in 1971, Coles became its first chairman. He continued with that position through 2013, holding an office which maintains the proud image professional golf gives to British sport throughout the world. “I wanted to see the European Tour develop into something better for the tournament players where everybody earned a good living,” said Coles. “I think that ambition of the early days has now come to fruition and it has given me a great sense of pride and pleasure to see the thing grow.”