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Olly gets back to his Mersey roots

OLLY Smith has returned to his roots at Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club after taking up the roles as the club’s new assistant professional.

He played at the Sale-based club as a junior after suffering a football injury and was quickly bitten by the golf bug. He did well as a junior and went on to play for the full Cheshire team but then drifted away from the game for several years before deciding to give it another go and aim for a PGA qualification.

Olly worked for a few months at the driving range at Altrincham before it closed and was delighted to be offered the role as assistant pro by Kris Andrew, the director of golf at Ashton. He said: “It’s a dream come true to return to Ashton and was like returning home and meeting up with so many old friends.

“During my PGA course I am looking at developing, coaching and encouraging a thriving junior section at the club, which has a proud record of producing top juniors over the years.

“I will also still be looking to play as much as I can in PGA competitions and the Manchester Alliance as well as coaching and looking after the shop. I am delighted with the warm welcome I have received.”