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Football ace joins PGA Training Programme


Former Premier League and Nigeria international footballer Peter Odemwingie is pursuing a career in golf after being accepted onto the PGA Training Programme.

The 38-year-old retired from professional football earlier this year following a hugely successful career, which saw Odemwingie play for Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion in the top flight of English football.

Having played golf competitively as an amateur, Odemwingie is now hoping to make a career in the game having enrolled onto the PGA Foundation Degree at the University of Birmingham.

He will be mentored by PGA Professional Jak Hamblett who will support the former Nigeria international with weekly golf lessons at Calderfield Golf and Country Club in Walsall.

Hamblett told the Express and Star: “I played a bunker shot in a pro-am with Pete and he said: ‘you’ve got to teach me how to do that’. The rest, as they say, is history.

“He had a couple of lessons, got more and more interested in the coaching side of the game and now wants to go professional.

“Peter isn’t doing this for himself, he is doing it so he can go into coaching and give something back to the community. He has got some really exciting plans for the future and that all stems from his faith and his desire to help people.”