By Geoff Garnett
RICHARD Green has retired from the professional’s position at Bramhall Golf Club after being in the post for 28 years.
Richard brought a great deal of valuable experience in golf, including playing, coaching and business skills when he joined the Cheshire-based club.
He had acquired these since he began his golf as a junior in Nottinghamshire and played as an amateur for the county before joining the professional ranks with his first job as assistant pro at Royal Mid Surrey at 17 years old and gained his European Tour Card in 1977 whilst there.
Richard also enjoyed amazing memories by playing with golfing legends Bobby Locke and many times with Henry Cotton.
He then gained valuable experience as golf manager and professional at Southwick Park where he was the youngest-ever player to be a club professional in the country at 20-years-old and was runner-up in the Hampshire Open.
This was followed by becoming the golf director and professional at Patshull Park.
There he established a new golf club from scratch, recruited, trained and managed a staff of eight providing all the requirements of a prestigious golf club, marketing and promoting the facilities, shop management, generating membership and controlling golf course budgets attracting a membership of 300 within three months during a major recessionary period.
The next big move was to Greater Manchester to be the professional at Whitefield Golf Club for eight years, during which time he won the prestigious Lancashire Open.
Richard then decided to step away from being a club professional for a few years to gain more experience in sales of golf products working with Ben Sayers as area sales manager with great success and also with Petron Golf in Newtown, Wales – again being very successful in boosting sales and golfing outlets.
Richard then decided to return to the role of club professional at Bramhall where he took over from the legendary Brian Nield, who is still a member of the club.
He said: “It has been my love and my life for 28 years and on arrival I re-fitted the shop and away it went!
“Another big feature was to introduce the swing room 10 years ago, which opens out on to our excellent practice area.”
Richard was also able to enjoy plenty of playing success which included winning numerous pro ams with his favourite being the Lakes Classic.
In the Manchester and District Alliance , where he was captain for a year, he won the Order of Merit, the Matchplay Championship – in which he reached the finals day for 10 successive years – as well as the Cheshire Matchplay.
On the 45+ Reunion Tour he was third at Hillside and first at Southport and Ainsdale and also enjoyed success in many of the 50+ Seniors Tour including playing in the Seniors Open at Muirfield.
In the Rhyl Classic played over 36 holes on a nine-hole course, on the eighth hole (which was played four times), he shot a remarkable 2, 2, 2 and 1!
More success came for Richard in the GB&I Seniors PGA at Northhampton in 2006 when he finished as runner-up to Donald Stirling and he was also runner-up in the ‘Super 60’s’ at Woollaton Park.
Back at Bramhall he was able to develop his coaching, having learned a lot from Leslie King and Alan Thompson, to a high level with his theme of 1 Have a method, 2 Keep it simple and 3 Communicate.
Richard said: “In the latter years my coaching has taken off with Bronte Law, the Solheim Cup star, obviously my number one success and on the way is Bel Wardle who is the current Cheshire Ladies champion and, like Bronte, Bel won the English Championship and but for Covid would probably have played in the 2020 Curtis Cup as did Bronte with record results.’
The man charged with filling the big gap left by Richard’s retirement is new head professional Scott Parry, who turned professional in 2011.
Richard said: “I wish Scott, who will be an asset to the club, well and look forward to see him flourishing.
“I will still be back at the club teaching three days a week and I will now have more time to watch events where some of my pupils are competing.
“I have two 14-year-olds, both playing off one handicap- Daniel Hayes and Immy Williamson and many others on scratch or plus handicaps who I coach, so it promises to be exciting times ahead.
“I would like to thank all the members at Bramhall for their great support and honouring me by making me a life member at the club.
”A great part of my coaching has been with members of Bramhall and I am delighted to have helped them improve their handicaps and golf over the years.”
Photo caption: Richard Green has retired as head professional at Bramhall Golf Club after 28 years.