Chase Davis has made a big impact since joining Eaton as a teaching professional – not least with the club’s junior section, writes Tony Rusher.
Davis, 31, spent four years working at Sprowston Manor Hotel, Golf and Country Club. But late last year he decided it was a time for a fresh challenge and made the short move across to become part of the team Eaton.
Davis has wasted little time in creating a favourable impression at his new workplace. Indeed, he has played a major mart in building up the junior ranks at Eaton.
Davis said: “I think, when I started they had about or 13 or 14 juniors on the books. I think there’s now 50, which is good. Eaton offer free membership for under-15s so that’s a nice pull.
“I do the coaching on the weekends. I do two structured sessions on a Sunday morning; 9 until 10 and 10.15 until 11.15 and then I have a standard roll up at 11.30 until half-past 12.
“Anyone can attend. It’s a structured programme and we use the Golf Foundation passport scheme which is good. Each child gets a booklet and every week is different. They learn about everything to do with golf, really.”
Davis has also been impressed with how Eaton’s members really back the development of young players within the club.
He added: “They’re all supportive of the juniors, which is good. They love seeing the kids out there playing.”
The members are also likely to see Davis out on the course on a regular basis. Indeed he has been keen to play with many of them in his first five months at the club.
Through the season he is planning to team up with several of them at pro-ams within the East region.
Those events will form just part of Davis’ competitive season. He has already qualified for the £78,000 Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professionals’ Championship at Hunstanton next month and has an exemption through to the English PGA Championship at Bowood in July.
He said: “That’s two big weeks to look forward to.”
Plus Davis has his eyes on securing a maiden Order of Merit triumph after a string of near misses.
He said: “Hopefully I can get one under the belt this year.”