University honours golf supremo
European Tour chief executive George O'Grady was honoured for his contribution to golf with an honourary doctorate at NUI Maynooth.
Ahead of the Irish Open – which starts tomorrow – he was recognised not only for the role he has played in the development of golf in Ireland, but also for revolutionising the European Tour.
His career in golf started in 1974 when he joined the British PGA as a tournament administrator. In 2005 he was appointed chief executive of the European Tour and five years later he was awarded a CBE.
He made a successful presentation to the International Olympic Council to have golf included as an Olympic sport and it will feature for the first time in the 2016 Games in Brazil.
NUI Maynooth also awarded doctorates to Irish Census Online project manager Catriona Crowe, artist Martin Gale, philologist Professor George Huxley and Irish literary critic Professor Breandan O Doibhlin.
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