ANTHONY Middleton has made the short switch from Rhyl to Llandudno to take up the vacant club pro’s job at Maesdu.
The 33-year-old, from Ewloe near Mold replaces Simon Boulden who left to become a caddy on the LET for his daughter Amy.
Anthony, a keen runner, was at Rhyl for three and half years having previously worked at Vicars Cross and then Carden Park as he gained his PGA qualification.
He first played golf aged 11 when introduced to it by his dad. “I got down to category one by the age of 16,” said Anthony who was a junior member at Conwy, Old Padeswood and St Deiniol golf clubs.
He turned pro at the age 21. “I did my first year at Vicars Cross and the second two at Carden,” he explained. “I realised very early on that I wasn’t going to be good enough to be a playing pro so I focussed my attentions on coaching and the retail side.
“I was very happy at Rhyl and it gave me a great launch pad, but when I heard the Maesdu job was available I was keen to make the move. I’ll run the shop, continue to coach and also help increase membership and junior participation.
“I think the committee liked my ethos of being proactive in the search for new members. I’m a big believer that we need to go out in the community to attract new members rather than just expect them to contact us.
“I played at Maesdu a few times in junior opens and always enjoyed the course. It’s one of the best in North Wales and already has a healthy membership and lots of visitors so it was a perfect fit.”
The PGA Level III coach was named 2012 Professional of the Year for Wales and Denbighshire Sports Coach of the Year in 2014. While at Rhyl he also coached at Ruthin Pwllglas, Flint and Prestatyn.
He took up the new post last month and has already made some major changes in the pro shop that will eventually result in the addition of an indoor teaching facility. He also hopes to create a new junior golf academy.
“The members have been very welcoming and have made me feel very at home. It was bit daunting at first following in Simon’s footsteps. He’d been here for more than 30 years, but it’s a fantastic club and hopefully I’ll be here for the next 30 years!”