Webb elevated in recent Australia Day honours

Australia’s greatest woman golfer Karrie Webb freely admits she never expected to reach the lofty heights her superlative golf game has taken her in the past 20 or so years.

And it appears this unassuming Queenslander is not finished yet either.

Karrie Webb Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Webb received another surprise, albeit a pleasant one, when she received a ‘promotion’ in the recent Australia Day Honours List.

While 43-year-old Webb was made a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2010, on Australia Day she was elevated to become an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), the nation’s second highest honour.

And another of golf’s unsung heroes also received long-awaited recognition when Bruce Langford-Jones a former Golf Australia board member was handed an OAM.

They were both honours well deserved, according to Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt.

“Karrie is obviously one of our all-time great players with the most phenomenal playing record,” he said.

“Yet she is so much more to the golfing community having already given so much to her generation and the next to follow.

“She works at great length to ensure as many people as possible, particularly women and young girls, have the opportunity to play and improve their golf.

“What she’s done and continues to do with her Karrie Webb Series and the scholarships she puts her heart and soul into deserves this recogntion and much more.

“She’s just one of the great ambassadors for this country and our sport.”

Webb, in Florida practising for the upcoming ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, was stunned when told of her promotion.

“To receive the Officer of the Order of Australia was a complete shock, but I’m very thrilled by the honour and the recognition,” she said.

“To have played a sport that I loved from the age of eight through to now, and to play it at the highest levels around the world…you can’t really ask for anything more.

“I don’t think I ever dreamt of reaching the heights that I have.”

Langford-Jones, of Victoria, was honoured for services to the building and construction industry as well as golf.

He was deputy chairman of Golf Australia from 2006-12 and has held several posts at both the Sorrento Golf Club and Kingston Heath, where he was made a life member in 2015.