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Stimson’s successful start to the season


Martin Stimson decided to spend more time as a player when he left Ashburnham last autumn after being head professional for 12 years, writes Peter Godsiff.

And his change of plan has been met with reasonable success. He began this season in a respectable position at the Asbri Cornish Festival. Then he achieved his best result for some time last month.

He won the West Regional qualifier for the PGA Professional Championship at Burnham and Berrow with a return of one-over-par at the tough Somerset links he enjoys so much.

He won the PGA Seniors Championship there two years ago and also the West Region Seniors title the same season.

Now 52 he failed to qualify for this year’s Staysure Seniors Tour. But he will be back next year and intends to keep in trim by playing as often as possible.

He comes from Burry Port and qualified with Rob Ryder at Ashburnham after joining the club when he won the Welsh youth championship.

He became head professional at Milford Haven Golf Club and won the head professionals’ championship. He was also professional at Glyn Abbey. He has recently returned to Glyn Abbey to help Mike Davies with coaching and shop work.

“I am getting my head back in gear after my problems at Ashburnham,” he said. “I am taking time out before I consider my future and will see what happens after a year.”