Promising start for professional’s assistant

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Newton Green’s Max Hemson has made a promising start to his career as an assistant to professional Tim Cooper.

Hemson recently qualified to begin training as an assistant professional at the club, where he has been a member of its successful junior policy.

Working to become a professional golfer is now on a par with a degree course — and in his first outing since his new career began he notched his best score to date, a three-over-par 72 in the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting held at Newton.

He shared first place with Suffolk PGA stroke play champion Rob Pritchard (Crettingham) and the pair were two shots ahead of Danny Barton (Waldringfield).

Hemson has already worked in the Newton shop for a year, and during that time has been making a name for himself in the Suffolk Golf Partnership initiative by carrying out voluntary coaching of youngsters at a number of venues, including the Suffolk Show.