PGA Member Paul Broadhurst has another distinction to add to a glittering CV that includes winning the John Jacobs Trophy for finishing top of the Staysure Tour Order of Merit on two occasions and remaining unbeaten in the 1991 Ryder Cup – having a guide dog for the blind named after him.
The accolade is a result of Broadhurst’s attachment to Northants County Golf Club as its touring professional and the club’s annual pro-am that raises funds for charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The pro-ams have raised more than £100,000 for good causes and Guide Dogs for the Blind has been a major beneficiary.
Thanks to a longstanding relationship between the two parties, the club’s annual contributions from the pro-am have helped provide essential training for 11 dogs.
As a result, pictures of them adorn the walls of an office in the clubhouse. In addition, the club has named each of the dogs it has helped fund, hence the latest one, a black Labrador, being called Broady after the six time European Tour winner.
As well as representing Northants County as its touring professional, Broadhurst is coached by the club’s head PGA Professional and Association board member Tim Rouse.
It was Rouse who Broadhurst turned to after he reached a crossroads in his career when his days on the European Tour ended.
He recalled: “I was only 45-46 and had a decision to make – either stop playing and perhaps go into teaching or find a job.
“But I decided I wanted to carry on playing. I was working with Tim Rouse and he has turned my game around really.
“That was my remit when we first met. So a massive ‘thank you’ to Tim – my success on the senior tour wouldn’t have happened without his help.”
*This year’s Northants County Golf Club Charity Pro-Am is being staged on Monday July 8. Click here for full details.