THIS promises to be an exciting season for High Leigh Park professional Mike Donald. The Cheshire club has invested in a floodlit, state-of-the-art driving range and, with construction almost complete, he can’t wait to see the facility up and running.
Lymm-based International Sports Management, owned by Chubby Chandler, has secured the naming rights and the development includes a new nine-hole academy course, he said. The academy will also accommodate other specialists including golf fitness professional, Kevin Duffy;
Lee Crombleholme, one of the European Tour’s leading mind coaches; Natalie Adams, the junior and ladies coaching development specialist, and Andrew Murray, BBC commentator and a former European Tour winner. To many of the members of High Legh, Donald will already be a familiar face. As head pro, he has helped hundreds of them, including non-members, from beginners through to experienced amateurs.
He took an interest in golf at the age of 12. I was inspired to take up the sport after watching a young Tiger Woods set the golfing world alight with his phenomenal string of major tournament successes, he said. Donald has been a full-time coach for three years.
During that time he earned a reputation as the master of spotting swing faults and, more importantly, has developed a variety of solutions which he can readily adapt to match each golfer’s personal playing style.
And he can count a number of professional footballers, top business leaders and familiar TV personalities among his ever growing list of satisfied clients. These include Roque Santa Cruz (then with Manchester City), Ian Thomas-Moore (former Nottingham Forest), and Alan Halsall, (Coronation Street’s Tyrone Dobbs) to name just a few. Mike Donald.