Stamford Golf Club professional relishes new role

MARK SMITH’S role at Stamford Golf Club has certainly evolved as he celebrates 10 years as professional.

PROFESSIONAL: Mark Smith

The 34-year-old is also the Carrbrook club’s director of golf, a position that was introduced in 2015.

He explained: “Basically I manage all golf-related matters and work closely with subscriptions, marketing, fixtures, events and developments.

“It can be as diverse as consulting me about taking down trees to a new marketing proposal.”

Mark, already a PGA qualified professional, went back to the PGA to study for their director of golf qualification.

After being assistant professional at Ashton, where he built up a good reputation, Mark became Stamford’s first professional for 25 years.

“Brian Badger, who sadly died last year, provided a service in the shop, but he was only an amateur,” he explained.

“Initially I was told Stamford would be a stepping stone and I would move on after two or three years, but I am still here.”

Mark, who lives in Carrbrook, is ambitious and innovative as demonstrated by investing £20,000 in an indoor swing room, the only one in the area.

He also praised the club for being forward thinking as it has increased turnover in the last 12 months at a time when many other clubs are struggling.

Mark, who still competes in PGA events in Britain – in October he took part in the Highlands Pro Am at Inverness and in April he will compete in the Cornish Festival – admitted the last 10 years have flown by.

And he looks ahead to the future with confidence saying: “It has been a magical 10 years and I am very optimistic about the future for Stamford.

“We have some fantastic ideas and developments in the pipeline and there is a great infrastructure here.”

It is also very much a family affair at Stamford as Mark’s wife Clare is the administration manager while his father Tony is a member and also helps out in the shop.

Indeed Mark and Tony have both captained the Stamford team that has competed in the Manchester Alliance.

Mark added getting married and having a three-year-daughter Olivia with another baby on the way being personal highlights of his 10 years at Stamford.

 

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