A committee consisting of local sports influencers has named Søren Kjeldsen “Athlete of the Year” in Northern Jutland, the region in Denmark, where the pro golfer was born and grew up.
The 41 years old Dane was awarded the honour based on his impressive win in the World Cup of Golf with fellow countryman Thorbjørn Olesen, also known as the World Championship for two man teams. And to add to that his fourth place finish in the season finale of the European Tour and his fifth place finish in WGC Dell Match Play.
The golfer narrowly beat Paralympic gold medal winner in table tennis, Peter Rosenmeier, and the successful badminton double Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, Olympic silver medallists from the Rio Olympics.
“Some might think that a regional award doesn’t mean a great deal to me as a sportsman competing in a global sport like golf. Well, nothing could be more wrong. First of all, my upbringing and roots in Northern Jutland still is a great part of my personality today,” Søren Kjeldsen says.
“Secondly, no matter the name of the prize, it takes something special to be able to come out on top competing with such great athletes as Peter, Christina and Kamilla. I have nothing but respect for their performances. So I’m super proud and honoured to receive this award,” Kjeldsen continues.
Søren Kjeldsen was not able to attend the Galla Event in DGI Huset in Aalborg in person and receive the award, as he is currently playing Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, USA.