Hindhead pays tribute to Peter Alliss' life in golf
PUBLISHED: 09:21 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:21 16 January 2014
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Golfing legend and broadcaster Peter Alliss, known the world over as 'the voice of golf', already an Honorary Life Member of Hindhead Golf Club, has been afforded a further honour by the historic heathland club.
In recognition of Peter’s innumerable golfing and broadcasting accomplishments over a lifetime in golf, and his long membership and support of Hindhead Golf Club over 30 years, the former Members’ Bar at the club has been renamed Alliss’ Bar.
It was with great pride that Hindhead Club captain Alan Snowball paid tribute to Peter’s accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf at the bar opening ceremony last weekend.
Around one hundred members and their guests were present at the opening, along with three generations of Peter Alliss’ family.
The newly named Alliss’ Bar now boasts an amazing collection of photographs of Peter from when he won his first tournament right up to the present day.
“We are taking a unique opportunity to honour one of our own members – an Honorary Life Member – a man who is not just our most illustrious member, but a true golfing legend” commented Alan.
“The photos tell a story of a young golfer from a family which across three generations boasts an unbroken tradition in professional golf of over 100 years, who became one of this country’s greatest golfers and then one of its most respected and loved broadcasters.”
Peter turned to broadcasting as he came towards the end of his playing career and joined the BBC whilst still a player, commentating at the 1961 Open Championship.
He then worked full time in television, becoming the lead BBC golf commentator in 1978.
In May 2012, Peter was paid perhaps his greatest accolade – he was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement Category.