ONE of Europe’s best qualified golf professionals and coaches David Llewellyn is coming home to Carden Park, although part of him never left the leading golf destination.
The former welsh champion will return as executive golf professional at the Cheshire resort this spring. He originally worked at the 1,000-acre estate from 1994 to December 2002, during this time golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve designed the Nicklaus Course.
Llewellyn was lucky enough to caddy for Jack in the opening exhibition match with Ian Woosnam. A photograph of David alongside Jack, who won 18 major championships, has remained above the stairway in The Clubhouse for more than 22 years.
Both then and now, David will work alongside general manager Hamish Ferguson who said: “David has always been one of the team and is a great asset to Carden Park. His worldwide experience, our recent PGA accreditation and our ongoing programme of investment means we are poised to become one of the finest golfing destinations in the country.”
Llewellyn will be responsible for looking after the club’s private members and visitors and will be raising the profile of the new golf Academy which was awarded PGA accreditation at the start of this year. Llewellyn is particularly keen to work in local schools and to help attract young people as well as professionals at the start of their career by using his knowledge and experience of playing with the world’s best players.
Llewellyn became a professional golfer in 1968 and over the last 50 years has won the World Cup of Golf for Wales alongside Woosnam and also 10 tournaments worldwide. Further career highlights include being named Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year aged 20 and breaking the lowest 72-hole score in a European tournament, a record he held for 25 years.
In his coaching career he has helped 11 players to progress to the Tour. Llewellyn prefers uncomplicated coaching methods and will be helping players at Carden develop all aspects of play from swing technique to short game control alongside the importance of mental focus which he has studied for over 20 years alongside a renowned golf and sport psychologist, Alan Fine.
Llewellyn is involved with the On-Course Foundation which started 10 years ago to use golf as a vehicle to help rehabilitate wounded and sick veterans. Llewellyn, alongside other PGA professionals, works to build self-confidence and self-belief through golf skills and events. He regularly guest lectures in golf studies at various universities in the UK and for the PGA Development programme.
He said: “I am very excited about coming back home. Carden Park has the opportunity to be one of the best golfing destinations in the UK and I will be working with Hamish to realise its full potential.”