By David Birtill
GED Furey will stand down as head professional at Pleasington after 31 years at the end of this month to concentrate on a coaching role at the Blackburn club.
“It will take the pressure off from working in the shop. I already have a sound teaching base and I’m contemplating adding a driving range in the winter,” he said.
“I’m prepared to give lessons elsewhere in the area as well as continuing to look after the East Lancashire GA under-14s. They have some very good prospects.”
Furey, 56, is also hoping to put his feet up as he contemplates a reduced workload. “I only live a couple of miles up the road,” he added, “so I’ll be home for tea more often!”
In his prime he was one of the one of the most consistent winners in the region who enjoyed a brief spell on the European Tour. But as the new century was ushered in, Manchester-born Furey’s world was about to change dramatically.
“I developed a limp and thought it was a back problem,” he recalled. “A growth was discovered on my spinal cord and I was treated with radiotherapy to prevent the condition from spreading. But the treatment damaged a nerve and that signalled the end of my tournament career.”
Furey was twice PGA North Region champion and prevailed in the Leeds Cup, five Lancashire Open titles, which remains a record, along with many other successes.
He played in the 40th staging of the PGA Cup at the Belfry in 1988 under the captaincy of David Huish, and the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes the same summer.
Furey also won the Volvo Pro-Captain Challenge with clubmate Brian Marsden at Wentworth in 1993 and three years later the Lombard Trophy with amateur Geoff Wilson, at San Lorenzo in Portugal.
He was victorious in the Tobago Invitation after gaining his European Tour card and played with Sam Torrance in the Jersey Open after lying second over three rounds.
Furey took up the game at Heaton Park Golf Club, near his Blackley birthplace. He was appointed assistant at Manchester Golf Club then joined Clive Burgess as assistant at Ludlow, returning there as full pro after a spell at Fleetwood.