Will's journey to becoming a PGA Pro
If you don’t know what the P.G.A. is, it stands for Professional Golfers Association. It is member’s organisation which consists of PGA Professionals, who are educated and trained at a degree level with the very latest skills and expertise to operate in all areas of golf; so golfers can enjoy and play better golf, whilst golf clubs can benefit from the successful management of their facility.
The PGA includes some big golfing names for example; Ian Poulter and Paul Lawrie, as well as those working at grass roots level to develop the game.
Chris, Mark and Alex are all PGA Professionals here at Cottingham Parks, and I have recently passed my year 1, and am starting year 2 of training to join them.
I have been into sport since I can remember, and I participated in plenty of sports when I was younger. My grandparents got me into golf when I was about 10 years old and I got hooked as it was totally different and unique to any other sport I did.
I started having group lessons with Chris on a Saturday morning, and was improving every week.
I was very small for my age when I was younger, (just ask Mark!), so I didn’t hit the ball very far compared to everyone else my age, so I struggled. However, when I was about 16 years old I had a growth spurt, and was hitting the ball the same distance as my peers, and sometimes past them, which dramatically helped my game.
In that year I dropped from a 12 handicap to 6.
From there I realised I wanted to pursue this as a career, and in the following 4 years I practiced hard and eventually got down to 1 and then decided I wanted to do my PGA and turned pro in August 2017.
Lots of people think you just have to be good at golf to be a Pro, but there is more to it than that! As I continue with my course I’m going to share with you a bit more insight into what it takes to be able to call yourself a PGA Professional…
Will Webster, Assistant Golf Pro at Cottingham Parks