Turned pro: 1994
Home club: Owston Hall
What have you been up to?
“It’s been as busy as ever, particularly with reopening the golf course in the last few weeks following a major redesign. When the golf course opened in the late 90s it was one of the few championship layouts in the area measuring more than 7,000 yards. As the course has matured and we learned more about what golfers want, the course was simply too long and too difficult for most players. We started looking into a redesign six years ago and started the process of changing the course roughly two and a half years ago. We now have a far more playable setup, which can range from 4,500 yards to 6,000 yards, and the feedback so far has been phenomenal. On top of that, I’ve still got the day job of overseeing the golf, leisure and golf course elements of the business. I’ve also got a good group of coaching clients; a few events locally and in the region; and the small job of being Yorkshire PGA captain this season. It’s definitely been busy!”
How did you get into the game?
“I was a late starter, not picking up a club until I was 16. I started out at Doncaster Town Moor Golf Club and progressed quickly by cramming about seven years of practice into three years. From there I jumped at the chance of turning pro and joining the PGA as a 21 year-old, training with Graham Thompson at Cocksford Golf Club.”
What does the future hold?
“I’m really looking forward to welcoming people back to Owston Hall and seeing the venue grow. We’ve invested a lot into changing the golf course and presenting a more playable product for golfers of all abilities. I’m excited to see the course and business back at its very best with people out on the golf course enjoying the game. On top of that, we’ll have to see what the future brings.”