Andy Deller has big plans for developing the next generation of golfing talent after becoming head coach at Old Joe’s Golfing Range.
The 26-year-old moved from seven-and-a-half years at Bedfordshire’s Stockwood Park Golf Club to assume the role in Cornard Tye as part of an exciting new era with Old Joe’s now under new ownership.
Patrick Collins Golf Ltd is now running the site, on Joe’s Road off the A134 Sudbury to Colchester road, and has plans to open a new pro-shop next month, which will see custom-fitting club service open.
Deller intends to use his time in Suffolk to preach the golf gospel by going into the primary schools in the area to encourage more youngsters in the area to pick up clubs.
The Stuart Smith Golf Academy employee, who will be based at the club every day bar Wednesdays, said: “I like teaching juniors and I try and go into schools and see if anyone is interested in lessons.”
Of the move itself, he added: “It is a good opportunity for me as I knew I would be the main full-time pro, allowing me to coach regularly and on a daily basis.”
Deller takes over from former European Tour player Barrie Trainor, who played the BMW Championship at Wentworth and the Irish Open while the professional at Old Joe’s last year.
But Deller is looking to stay closer to home with his playing side, having spent this week in Hertfordshire looking to qualify for six PGA East Region events.
As part of the new pro shop being built, the 16-bay undercover driving range will be reduced by four bays, but the club will open up a grassy area to hit off for a more authentic practice session.
Minor changes will be made to the par three course with a new greens company having been hired for its upkeep.
For information about the club, call 01787 374807.