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Steve named new pro at New Mills

By Geoff Garnett

STEVE Baxter is relishing his new role as the PGA professional at New Mills Golf Club.

He has enjoyed a distinguished career in golf after starting playing at the age of eight with his Uncle Ivan at Atherstone Golf Club in Warwickshire.

Inspiration for Steve came from the club being the home of European Tour player Steve Webster and Ryder Cup legends Paul Broadhurst and the late Hunt brothers Geoff and Bernard.

Steve said: “Before I turned professional in 2002 at Whittington Heath I had success as an amateur which included being British Amateur Masters runner-up at Valderama, British Amateur finalist at Wentworth, third in the Daily Express Sunshine Masters in Spain, Daily Telegraph Matchplay championship semi-finalist, European Pairs winner at Atalaya in Spain and Staffordshire and Warwickshire Sports Personality of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002.”

After completing his PGA qualification in 2005 at Whittington Heath he moved to be assistant professional at Royal Guernsey Golf Club guided by 1975 Ryder Cup hero Norman Wood.

On his return to England he worked at John Reay’s Golf Centre and more recently as the head professional at Ingon Manor, in Stratford-on-Avon.

“Now I am delighted to take the job of head professional at New Mills because of the energy of everyone involved in taking the club forward and it gives me a great opportunity to help the club continue to grow.

“A new spike bar is now in place and an indoor simulator is coming soon.

“All things are looking good for a great future at one of the most friendly and welcoming golf clubs in the region.”

Pictured is New Mills pro Steve Baxter being welcomed to the club by captain Richard Boffey and his wife Pam, the lady captain.