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Club record for evergreen Sharkey


John Sharkey has recently become the longest-serving club professional at The Links Golf Club, Newmarket.

Jim Griffiths was the previous holder of the record, working at the Suffolk club from 1944 to 1971.

But Sharkey is now in his 28th year at The Links, having started back in 1991.

He said: “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been the pro here at The Links.

“We have a fantastic club, course and membership.

“Initially it was a strange feeling to be informed of holding such a record.

“But is definitely a milestone I’m incredibly proud of. Here’s to the next 28 years!”

Sharkey’s link to The Links extends way beyond his 1991 appointment in the Pro Shop.

He was initially a junior member at the club, joining in 1975.

John subsequently did his training at the Gog Magog club near Cambridge and qualified in 1980.

Returning to The Links he has always been an integral part of the club. As part of the Greens Sub-committee he has seen a lot of course changes.

Other developments that he has been at the heart of include the indoor ‘Golf Lab’, GC2 Launch Monitor coaching and a club-fitting system.

Also, during his time John has mentored nine trainee PGA professionals.

And it seems sure that the Sharkey name will remain at the club for many years to come as his son Jonny works alongside him as an assistant professional.