New Crook Golf Club professional Lee Findley is delighted to be back in his native North East after spending 13 years in Germany. The 37-year-old from Durham City recently took up his new role at Crook and is intent on building a strong reputation as a coach.
Lee also plans to offer a well-stocked shop with competitively priced high-class clubs and equipment.
Lee, who learned his golf at Durham City before turning pro at the age of 17, began his career with stints at Otley and Ilkley golf clubs in Yorkshire before moving to the Continent.
After 13 years in Germany, teaching as well as running a club shop, he returned to the UK and worked with one of the country's best-known coaches, Scott Cranfield, in London.
He then came back to the North East and following short spells at N1 Golf, Morpeth and Parklands in the centre of Newcastle, was offered his current position at Crook.
He said: "It's great to be back in the North East after being away for so long and the members at Crook have been tremendous. This is a very friendly and relaxed club and it suits me down to the ground.
"I've built up a lot of experience as a teacher over the years and I'd like to use all of this knowledge I have to gain a reputation as a good coach. I think I have a lot to offer and we have some great facilities at Crook.
"The course itself is in brilliant condition, as good as anywhere I've seen this year, and so there's everything here that you could wish for as a pro.
"I'm also looking to build a strong reputation on the retail side. I've revamped the shop and now offer clubs and equipment from many of the leading golf brands. I'm part of the TGI buying group, which is probably the biggest in the country, and that means I can offer some really excellent prices as well as a highly personal and tailored service.
"I also do club repairs myself and will be offering re-grips on the spot."
Lee can be contacted at 07870-970027.
Bill's Super Ace
Bill Blackie had good cause to remember Boldon Golf Club's annual Open Texas Scramble competition. Bill, who has played in the event for 20 years, scored a dramtic hole-in-one at the par 3 4th hole at Boldon using a seven iron.
The one handicapper is a member at Magdalene Fields Golf Club in Northumberland and was delighted with his ace, which helped his team secure fifth place.
Bill is currently a member of the Northumberland County senior team and was the winner of the Northumberland County Seniors Championship in 2008.