Top coaching status for Cooper

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A Suffolk golf coach whose young pupils have gone on to be selected for national coaching have been recognised as an advanced golf professional.

Tim Cooper, who has been professional at Newton Green Golf Club for nearly 20 years, has received the honour from the Professional Golfers’ Association.

The status recognises his service to the club, as well as his development role in the game at club, schools and county levels.

In addition to running his own academy at Newton, he has been a lead coach with the Suffolk Golf Partnership, and carries out teaching in local schools, with support from the Golf Foundation.

He has also broadened the appeal of golf to a wider range of young people by introducing the sport to pupils with learning difficulties.

In recent years the coaching of young players at Newton has moved to a new level, with a large number of juniors now holding single figure handicaps.

They include schoolgirls Ellie Aldous and Alice Barlow, who have been regular members of the all-England girls’ training programme, and enjoyed success recently by capturing the Suffolk ladies’ Haskell Trophy.

Trainees as young as 12 have recently featured in the club’s senior men’s, Suffolk Tolly Cobbold knockout team.

A number of the club’s juniors have moved through PGA training with Cooper, and gone on to take up professional appointments in the sport.