HANNAH CRUMP, PGA Golf Professional at Stonebridge Golf Club near Solihull, has been named Midlands PGA Coach of the Year as well as being nominated for two England Golf awards.
Crump has been shortlisted for the Diversity and Inclusion Champion award and Women and Girls’ Trailblazer award having graduated from the PGA in 2015.
The Midlands-based coach has worked to deliver a first taster day for the Muslim Golf Association (MGA) and the Girls in Golf Society to promote the game to LGBTIQ+ women.
Crump and the team of Ignite Golf located at Stonebridge have also developed a female pathway for golfers at Stonebridge, transforming the membership, with 180 kids on the junior programme, 50 of whom are young girls.
Crump said: “It’s a massive honour for me, I’m a Midlands girl born and bred, it’s truly a fantastic achievement and one I’m massively proud of and will treasure forever.
“It’s such a male dominated world, for me, being a female in an area as big as the Midlands, and to win this award, coming up against many fantastic male coaches, means so much.
“I’m a big driver for female golf and increasing it, to be noticed and taken on board as somebody achieving that and being recognised for it is a proper proud feeling.”
The Solihull native also works with love.golf, an organisation that helps to empower women on the golf course, and hopes to make the sport more inclusive and diverse in the future.
Crump added: “love.golf is an organisation I’ve been working for for the last the three years now and they are solely an organisation designed at getting women involved in golf.
“It’s about giving women opportunities and experiencing life out on the golf course and making golf a healthy environment for all women.
“Alongside that, I did some work for the MGA (Muslim Golf Association) last year, for me, I’m massively keen on getting more women into golf and making golf more diverse to represent the modern world that we live in.
“I want to make golf more inclusive and diverse for everybody so they can come and have a go at golf, it’s not this scary, old, traditional sport, predominantly played by men.”
Crump began playing the sport aged 12 when her parents bought her golf lessons as a Christmas present and represented Copt Heath Golf Club as an amateur.
The England Golf awards will be broadcast live on the England Golf YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 20 at 6.30pm.