Andrew Minnikin has been appointed England Golf North Region Under 18 squad manager and has begun working alongside squad coach Andy Paisley.
Minnikin, a member of the Northumberland county team and former county captain, takes over from Dave Charlton and will be working with the squad of seven boys and girls throughout the winter alongside Paisley at Hexham Golf Club.
Minnikin said: “I hadn’t thought about getting back into managing squads since giving up the county captaincy in 2015. I’ve really enjoyed being able to focus on my own game this season, but knew I wanted to get back into something like this at some point in the future.
“When Andy said he thought I’d be a good fit for the role I just had to take it. I’ve known Andy for more than 20 years and I’m looking forward to supporting him in developing the region’s best young players as they aim to reach the top of the game.”
The Under 18 squad includes James Wilson, Will Postlethwaite, Jess Hall, Niamh Lendrum, Matthew Watson, Briony Bayles and Jack Johnston.
“We’ll be working hard over the winter months at Hexham before letting players go off and play through the season. I’d love to see the best young players from the North making their mark on the national stage and the North Region squad is the next step in that process,” Minnikin added.
Paisley, who works with leading male and female European Tour players as well as elite players from across the region, added: “I’ve known Andrew for a long time and knew he had the right skills and mentality to manage a squad of highly talented young golfers.
“As Andrew’s coach, I know his work ethic and commitment to practise is tremendous. His passion for the game, talent and work ethic will all benefit the squad members going forward.”