Irish Golf Writers' Association Awards

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The Irish Golf Writers’ Association (IGWA) was founded in 1976 and hosts an annual awards dinner to honour the Professional Player of the Year, the Women’s Amateur Player of the Year, the Men’s Amateur Player of the Year and a person who has been deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to golf in Ireland

Derek Jones reported in The Irish Times of 3 November 1976 on plans by the IGWA to launch an awards scheme that year.

Past Winners

Women's Amateur Player of the Year

2017 Leona Maguire

2015 Leona Maguire

2014 Stephanie Meadow

2013 Paula Grant

2012 Stephanie Meadow

2011 Lisa Maguire ~ Leona Maguire

2010 Danielle McVeigh

2009 Lisa Maguire

2008 Lisa Maguire ~ Leona Maguire

2007 Karen Delaney

2006 Martina Gillen

2005 Tricia Mangan

2004 Claire Coughlan

2003 Claire Coughlan

2002 Rebecca Coakley

2001 Alison Coffey

2000 Alison Coffey

1999 Claire Coughlan

1998 Lillian Behan

1997 Suzanne Fanagan

1996 Barbara Hackett

1995 Eileen Rose Power (McDaid)

1994 Hazel Kavanagh

1993 Eavan Higgins

1992 Eileen Rose Power (McDaid)

1991 Eileen Rose McDaid

1990 Eileen Rose McDaid

1989 Mary McKenna

1988 Debbie Hanna

1987 Claire Hourihane

1986 Claire Hourihane

1985 Lillian Behan

1984 Claire Hourihane

1983 Claire Hourihane

1982 Mary McKenna

1981 Claire Hourihane

1980 Maureen Madill

1979 Mary McKenna

1978 Mary Gorry

1977 Mary Gorry

1976 Mary McKenna

 

Men’s Amateur Player of the Year

2017 Paul McBride

2015 Paul Dunne

2014 Paul Dunne

2013 Robbie Cannon

2012 Alan Dunbar

2011 Paul Cutler

2010 Alan Dunbar

2009 Shane Lowry

2008 Shane Lowry

2007 Rory McIlroy

2006 Rory McIlroy

2005 Brian McElhinney

2004 Brian McElhinney

2003 Noel Fox

2002 Colm Moriarty

2001 Michael Hoey

2000 Graeme McDowell

1999 Paddy Gribben

1998 Paddy Gribben

1997 Keith Nolan

1996 Peter Lawrie

1995 Pádraig Harrington

1994 David Higgins

1993 Eddie Power

1992 Gary Murphy

1991 Paul McGinley

1990 Darren Clarke

1989 Eoghan O'Connell

1988 Garth McGimpsey

1987 Paul Rayfus

1986 John McHenry

1985 Garth McGimpsey

1984 Brian Hoey

1983 Philip Walton

1982 Philip Walton

1981 Declan Branigan

1980 Ronan Rafferty

1979 David Long

1978 Mick Morris

1977 Liam MacNamara

1976 Declan Branigan

 

Professional Player of the Year

2017 Paul Dunne

2015 Shane Lowry

2014 Rory McIlroy

2013 Graeme McDowell

2012 Rory McIlroy

2011 Darren Clarke ~ Rory McIlroy

2010 Graeme McDowell

2009 Rory McIlroy

2008 Pádraig Harrington

2007 Pádraig Harrington

2006 Pádraig Harrington

2005 Paul McGinley

2004 Darren Clarke, Pádraig Harrington, Paul McGinley (Ryder Cup players)

2003 Darren Clarke

2002 Pádraig Harrington

2001 Pádraig Harrington

2000 Darren Clarke

1999 Christy O'Connor Jnr.

1998 Darren Clarke

1997 Darren Clarke

1996 Pádraig Harrington

1995 Philip Walton

1994 Raymie Burns

1993 Darren Clarke

1992 Christy O'Connor Jnr.

1991 David Feherty

1990 Dunhill Cup team - David Feherty, Ronan Rafferty, Philip Walton

1989 Ronan Rafferty

1988 Dunhill Cup team - Eamonn Darcy, Ronan Rafferty, Des Smyth

1987 Eamonn Darcy

1986 David Feherty

1985 Christy O'Connor Jnr.

1984 Eamonn Darcy

1983 Eamonn Darcy

1982 John O'Leary

1981 Eamonn Darcy

1980 Des Smyth

1979 Des Smyth

1978 David Jones

1977 Christy O'Connor Snr.

1976 Eamonn Darcy

 

Distinguished Services to Golf

2017 Gavin Caldwell and Michael Moss

2015 Claire Dowling (née Hourihane)

2014 Ian Bamford

2013 Paul McGinley

2012 Oliver Barry

2011 Seamus Smith

2010 Bill Gibson

2009 Albert Lee

2008 Brendan Edwards

2007 Arthur Pierse

2006 Gerry O'Brien

2005 Pádraig O hUiginn

2004 Cecil Whelan

2003 Garth McGimpsey

2002 Pat Ruddy

2001 David Sheahan

2000 Mary McKenna

1999 Pat Turvey

1998 Ita Butler

1997 R Barry

1996 Ivan Dickson

1995 Anne Tunney

1994 Brud Slattery

1993 Brennie Scannell

1992 Tom Craddock

1991 N Bruen

1990 Eddie Hackett

1989 R Kenny

1988 W Ferguson

1987 Norman Drew

1986 W O'Sullivan

1985 K McCann

1984 Christy O'Connor Snr.

1983 Clarrie Reddan

1982 William (Bill) Menton

1981 Joe Carr

1980 Philomena Garvey

1979 Fred Daly

1978 Harry Bradshaw

1977 Willie Gill

1976 Violet Haslett