Tim Cockill

Age: 32

Turned pro: 2007

Home club: Close House

“Coming to Close House to focus on my teaching was a big change having been at Slaley Hall and Rockliffe Hall – and definitely a career highlight. The British Masters at Close House this season was also a huge one; being part of that was incredible.”

What have you been up to this season?
“I’ve spent a lot of my time teaching again this year, it’s the core of my career and what I love to do. I say every year that I’m going to play more and compete locally but with such a busy schedule I’ve put that off again.

“I work with a wide range of players from initiatives like Get into Golf, the junior sessions at the PGA Academy and working with the Royal Horse Artillery through to more elite stuff with members and working with the Northumberland County Golf Partnership and Thorp Academy’s golf scholarship programme.

“Being on the range for the British Masters was an amazing experience. It gave me a big push to play more seeing the guys at the top of the game and it was really interesting to see the players working with some of the best coaches in the world at the same time.”

How did you get into the game?
“Growing up in York, my dad played at York Golf Club and I used to go down and hit balls with him and my grandparents. I came up to Northumbria University to study sports management as part of a golf scholarship and I’ve been working in golf in the North East ever since.”

What does the future hold?
“More development as a coach – including some more studying this winter. I’m looking forward to seeing the players I work with develop and win more events. And after all that I need to play some more golf – this is going to be the year I do it!”