Michael Brooks started his career as a PGA Professional working for his dad Andrew at Royal St George’s in Kent before moving to Castletown on the Isle of Man then on to Malton & Norton in Yorkshire.
Now his travels have brought him home to Scotland, where he has just taken up the post of Head PGA Professional at Pumpherston in West Lothian, not too far from where he cut his golfing teeth at Lanark when his dad was based there.
“I’m very excited about being back in Scotland,” said Brooks, a former Scottish Amateur champion, having claimed that prize at Dunbar in 1996.
“Together with the day-to-day running of the retail store, I will be welcoming members and visitors to the club and ensuring they have a memorable days’ golf at Pumpherston.
“There will be availability for coaching seven days a week on our excellent short game area and practice ground.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the members and, with new events coming this season such as a Race to Kingsbarns, a Pro’s Select v Captain’s Select match and Beat the Pro Challenge, we should have plenty of fun getting know each other along the way.”
Brooks knows the game inside out, both from a playing perspective – he represented Great Britain & Ireland in both the Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy in his amateur days – and also the club side of things.
“Member retention and recruitment is an area every golf club must recognise and, with the knowledge I have gained over the years through working at a wide variety of clubs and within the PGA, I’m looking to assist the club in making Pumpherston an even more desirable club for prospective new members and adding value to the annual subscription of existing ones,” he added.
“Before I officially started on March 27, I’d already visited the club and played golf with the captain, put on a ladies’ golf clinic and got a head start of setting up the shop floor.
“Helped by my TGI retail consultant, Ricky Gray, we will provide a first-class service with an excellent product range for gents, ladies and juniors, at very competitive prices.
“I will have a diary of new golf events for the members that will complement an already busy schedule, ready for launch early April.
“Working closely with the committee and green staff will allow us to compile strong membership and visitor packages for the coming season and beyond.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of a modern, progressive golf club offering potential for growth, helping them achieve this will be hugely satisfying for me.
“Reconnecting with my old pals from my amateur days will be great fun and I’m sure I’ll be playing in as many pro-ams with my Pumpherston GC members as possible.”