Bernard Gibbons honoured for service to golf industry
Powerscourt Golf Club Manager Bernard Gibbons was recognised in the golf industry this week at the Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards Night 2015.
The awards took place last Monday evening at the Druid's Glen Hotel and Resort.
Bernard was presented with a plaque to acknowledge his outstanding service to the golf industry by Golfer's Guide editor Paddy McCarthy ahead of his upcoming retirement from Powerscourt Golf Club.
Everyone at the event enjoyed speeches about Bernard's golfing career spanning many years.
With nearly 50 years' experience in the golf industry, Bernard has enjoyed a wide and varied career since beginning as an apprentice to the legendary John Jacobs at age 15 at the driving range in Leopardstown Race Course.
His numerous roles have included Golf Professional, RTÉ golf pundit and commentator, Chairman of the Golf Course Owners Association and board member of the Special Olympics Committee.
He has been at the helm of Powerscourt for the past 17 years since the golf club opened in 1997.
Last year he received the 'IGTOA Golf Manager of the Year' title at a ceremony in Westport with Christy O'Connor Junior.
'Bernard is an exceptional man as well as an exceptional manager,' said MD of Powerscourt Golf Club Sarah Slazenger.