Before a sell-out crowd of almost 600 guests at the annual showpiece jointly-organised by the Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association, the 2-time Major champion received a richly-deserved standing ovation as he collected the final award of the night.
GLASGOW – After amassing 30 professional wins and playing on five Ryder Cup sides, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012 and has now entered Scottish Golf’s equivalent, joining previous inductees Sam Torrance, Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie.
“It was a wonderful night at the 2013 Scottish Golf Awards at the Hilton Glasgow,” said Lyle, 55.
“What an honour it was to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in front of Scotland’s golf fans in Glasgow, so close to my family heritage in Milngavie. It was also wonderful to have my wife, Jolande, and four children present at the awards dinner.
“It really doesn’t seem like 25 years ago that I won at Augusta National, but it’s obviously a memory that will live with me forever.
“I’ve been lucky to have enjoyed a great career and it was nice to reflect on it in Glasgow. Well done to all the award winners and thank you to the Scottish Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association for organising a fantastic occasion.”
During a night to celebrate Scottish golf at all levels after a fantastic 12 months at amateur and professional level, Lyle was reacquainted with the Claret Jug and the Ryder Cup – among six trophies on show for dinner guests during a wonderful evening which raised thousands of pounds for junior golf in Scotland.
Lyle also presented Alford’s Laura Murray with the SLGA Ladies Order of Merit award, before accepting his own Lifetime Achievement Award.