SPANISH golfer Rafael Cabrera-Bello has been awarded the Gold Medal for sporting merit by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG).

The award is in recognition of the golfer’s contribution to Spanish golf on the world stage.

He was the highest ranked Spanish golfer at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro coming fifth with fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia just three places behind him.

The RFEG said ‘his manor and chivalry inside and outside the golf course’ has led him to occupy a prominent position in the world rankings.

A statement released by the RFEG said: “We reward groups of people and institutions that have distinguished themselves over the years for their support and promotion of golf both inside and outside our borders.”