Stewart Pilgrim

Age: 39
Turned pro: 2004
Home club: Teesside Golf Club

Career highlights
North East and North West PGA captain 2020 & 2021
Winner on NE/NW PGA circuit
Earned PGA Director of Golf qualification in early 2022

What have you been up to?
“While I still enjoy competing and try to play as many local events as possible around family life, my focus has always been on the business side of being a PGA professional. To that end, I’ve recently completed my Director of Golf qualification and continue to work hard enhancing my knowledge as well as coaching players from the elite level – including the Teesside Union boys – right through to beginners and juniors in schools and as part of our popular summer camps. I’m also heavily involved in running the Teesside Pro Am, which celebrates its 10th year in 2022 with another sold out field, and hopefully another great day of tournament golf while raising money for local charity Teesside Hospice.”

How did you get into the game?
“My father, Charlie, introduced me and my older brother Michael [head professional at Bishop Auckland], to the game as youngsters at Dinsdale Spa and we took to it quickly. I played out of Dinsdale, representing Durham at junior level, until I started working at Middlesbrough Municipal two weeks before my 16th birthday. I joined the PGA when I was 21 and trained under Alan Hope, became head professional at Teesside in 2007, and I haven’t looked back since.”

What does the future hold?
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to play and practice a little more now my children are a bit older. I’m also passionate about continuing to learn. The game has changed so much in the 15 years since I became head professional at Teesside. We have to develop our skills throughout our careers, using new techniques and technology to improve our coaching for players at every level. Apart from those, a good work-life balance and some success for the players I coach would be great.”