World-renowned rules official and European Tour chief referee, John Paramor, has been awarded the Christer Lindberg Bowl at the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress Gala Awards Dinner.
The award, named after the PGAs of Europe’s first chairman, is awarded to individuals or organisations in recognition of their impact on, and services to, golf.
Paramor earned the award having worked as a rules official for the European Tour for over 40 years, becoming one of the most highly-respected and esteemed referees in golf, and playing his part in the evolution of the Rules of Golf and the way that they are taught to golfers and PGA professionals across the globe.
œI feel very proud but obviously not worthy,” said Paramor. œI’ve loved my life in golf so this is the icing on the cake. It’s absolutely fantastic. I’ve been very lucky to work with some fantastic people, some absolutely brilliant players and I owe them for the chance that it’s given me to try and help them.”
Paramor began his career in golf as a player before joining the European Tour in 1976 as a referee. He became a tournament director in 1979, director of tour operations in 1985 and, subsequently, chief referee in 1991.