Sports Awards: How David's long career hit new high
Golfer David Gibson is no stranger to rewriting county amateur record books.
The winner of the most caps for Leicestershire – and an ever-present in the side since making his debut in 1983 – Gibson, now 48, hit the heights this summer when he won a historic ninth County Championship title at Longcliffe.
Not only did it confirm his dominance of county golf, it beat a record that had stood for more than 60 years since Rothley Park's Sid Matthews won eight titles between 1937 and 1951.
One of a number of high-profile titles for Gibson which make him a contender for the Mercury's Sportsman of the Year crown this year, the County Championship was easily the stand-out.
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He held off a remarkable challenge from talented Kirby Muxloe youngster Greg Eason before winning at the second extra hole.
"That was a real milestone for me. It was tremendous to make history in that way," said Gibson.
He won his first County Championship in 1990 at Scraptoft. The next seven came in 1991, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2011, before he hit cloud nine this year.
He said: "My 2003 title at Kirby Muxloe was pretty special, when I went low in a strong field and, of course, winning this year at Longcliffe to break the record was a big thrill."
Gibson this year also lifted the County Union's Club Champion of Champions trophy at Lingdale, the Midland Closed Championship at the Robin Hood club, near Birmingham, and defended his title in the 36-hole scratch tournament for The Rock at Charnwood Forest – his sixth success in that event.
He is also team manager for Leicestershire boys under-16s, helping nurture the next generation of county golfers.
"It is always exciting to represent the county and I have been extremely proud to do so for such a long time," said Gibson.
"I also enjoy my role as county under-16s manger and to play a part in helping to encourage and develop young players in the game, which has meant so much to me throughout so much of my life."
Next year also promises to be eventful for Gibson, as he will captain the Midland Union team in their matches against British Universities and the South West of England, which he described as "a great honour".
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