“People get put into your life for a reason and Emma was a sister to me and no matter how long between our visits or calls we knew we were always there. She is missed terribly, but her spirit will live on in each of us she has touched. Emma had a real gift in her gentle and warm way of getting in touch with people and instant calming you down and showing that she really cared for you and your family. Entrepreneurial, she started her own business after leaving the LET for the first time, running world-class event programs such as the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles for the Johnny Walker brand and the Special Olympics in her hometown of Bath, England. A devoted mother to Lily, she always put her daughter’s needs first, devoted to her education, and guided her through her final years of school. She was a real partner to husband Iain, whose devotion to her was evident.
“We had often talked about what a dream it would be to work together again – but it wasn’t planned. Things happen for a reason and when Alex rejoined the LET and asked what Emma was doing, it seemed like it should be. The timing was right and we are infinitely grateful that so many in the LET and LPGA families had the chance to meet her and work with her. She really left the game and each of us is better than she found it. “
As a tribute to her dear friend and colleague, LET Commercial Manager and PING Junior Solheim Cup project manager, Eva-Lotta Strömlid, she repeated these feelings. She said: “I was so happy and excited that Emma would come back to LET in 2020 and that I would work with her on the same team. We had so many great memories of earlier years with the Solheim Cup in 2003 and 2007 and I knew she had the best work ethic, so I was excited about the LET and our future to have her on board.
“Emma was so professional, structured and had an incredible attention to detail. At the same time she created the most positive spirit and was very sensitive and caring for our well-being and always remembered everything and everyone. It was a good mix and it all combined made for a really nice and respectful place to work. It was a nice routine to start with a team meeting with Emma almost every morning. We were such a nice team because Emma brought us all together and we took the best of each other in our meetings to move the work forward. She was a great leader and a dear friend. She is missed so much by all of us and she has meant so much to so many. “
In addition to her passion for golf, Emma loved teaching yoga and had held retreats before returning to LET. She also enjoyed sailing, spending time at sea in Menorca, Spain, hiking and walking with her family. She leaves behind husband Iain and their 17-year-old daughter Lily.