NORTH Yorkshire-based golf coach Steve Robinson has picked up another honour to cap a fine season.

Robinson, who is a nominee for the High Performance Coach of the Year accolade at next week's 2017 UK Coaching Awards, will go into that ceremony having now retained England Golf's Coach of the Year title.

Robinson received his latest gong at England Golf's coaching conference along with Lancastrian Phil Kenyon, who picked up the Award for Excellence in Coaching in recognition for years of service to the England men and boys’ squads.

Former Malton & Norton GC professional Robinsopn, who first taught M&N’s European Tour stalwart Simon Dyson, is now the head pro at Sandburn Hall, near York.

This year, he has masterminded England women’s successful defence of their European championship title, and coached the Yorkshire boys’ and women’s teams to victory in their respective English County Championships. Those two White Rose teams have now won 13 County Championships under his tutelage.

England Golf performance director Nigel Edwards said: “The successful defence of the European Ladies Team Championship in 2017 was the culmination of hard work and desire to be successful having suffered defeat in the 2009 final and then reaching the semi-finals in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015."

He added: “Steve has really developed as a coach over the last six years. He embraces technology and he accepts change but doesn’t make change just to be different.

"I really believe that the major difference is the understanding of people and who and what can contribute to success.”

Robinson said: “I’m very humbled by it all. Everyone likes to be valued for what they do and I am fortunate to work in an organisation with some first class people who have given me great support and with players who have given their all. I couldn’t do it without the belief of the players.”

He also paid tribute to his fellow coaches in the women’s game, adding: “Their contribution is so valuable as well. At the end of the day it’s Team England.”