Murray claims top clubmaker accolade to finally end US dominance
DEREK Murray is on top of the world.
The Kildare man has beaten the cream of the crop in the USA and Britain by being named 'World Clubmaker of the Year' by the prestigious Golf Clubmakers Association (GCA).
He's not only the first Irishman to win the title in a highly competitive and specialised business, but he's also the first clubmaker from outside the USA to take the title.
That's a tribute to Murray's foresight and tenacity in driving the family business 'ForeGolf', situated at the Red Lane Driving Range near Newbridge.
ForeGolf opened in 1997 and has built up a huge reputation for custom-fit clubs and clubmaking.
Murray has also worked extensively at European Tour events, including the British Open and the Irish Open, helping the stars to hone their equipment for the big tournament weeks.
"It's a great endorsement of what we do," he said. "I couldn't dare to hope when I submitted my entry that this would happen.
"The award has stayed in the USA since it began 20 years ago, and in the UK there's about 1,000 clubmakers who would have been part of the entry.
"I've always believed in giving the golfer the clubs that fit his or her individual game, and our personal service and quality is the key.
"It's a great honour to receive this award."
The GCA, based in Austin, Texas, USA and founded by Golfsmith in 1980, is the oldest association devoted exclusively to the craft of custom-fitting and clubmaking.
From over 6,000 members, a panel consisting of several GCA officials and other clubmaking experts select winners from each state (USA), province (Canada) and around the world.
They then choose the applicant who merits the prestigious title of World Clubmaker of the Year.
Golfsmith USA Proprietary Vice-President David Lowe, who served on the panel of judges, said: "The GCA Clubmaker of the Year award acknowledges the best clubmaker in the business and is one of the clubmaking industry's highest honours.
"This award recognises Mr Murray's ability, integrity and professionalism."