Stephen Gallacher, the guest of honour, received honorary membership but David Huish also had his day made at the PGA in Scotland annual lunch in Glasgow.
Huish, the former North Berwick Golf Club pro, picked up the John Panton Award for his “outstanding service to golf” in front of an audience of almost 700 in the Hilton Hotel.
“I am so thrilled to receive an award in the name of John Panton as he was my hero,” said Huish of one of the legendary figures in Scottish golf.
After starting his own PGA career as an assistant at Gullane in 1959, Huish moved through to Hamilton six years later.
But, after just a year at the Lanarkshire venue, he returned to his golfing roots at North Berwick and served as both club pro and course manager there before retiring in 2009. “I could not have had a better role model than John Panton,” added Huish after receiving his award from John Mulgrew, chairman of the PGA in Scotland. “He was a great club pro, a fantastic golfer and a real gentleman.
“I learned so much from him and it was also down to John that I rubbed shoulders with so many great players at an early stage in my career.”
During a distinguished Tartan Tour career, Huish won the Scottish Assistants’ Championship, the Scottish PGA Championship and three Northern Opens. Later, he chalked up five victories on the European Senior Tour, four of which were gained in play-offs.
Picking up his latest prize in the game, Huish told onlooking sons Martyn and Oliver: “I hope they have as much enjoyment from being PGA pros as I have.”
Gallacher’s honour was in recognition of the Lothians star defending his Dubai Desert Classic title and also earning a Ryder Cup debut as part of the winning team at Gleneagles.
‘It’s one that’s going to be hard to top,” he admitted. “I’m going to have to work even harder and really be on the ball.
“You never look back. You know you’ve had a good year – but all you’re trying to do is bottle that formula and keep doing it.”