Welcome to the pros! Skinner takes top PGA Mark

An above-par performance! Mark Skinner (second right) is pictured with (from left) Ken Graham, UK director of sales for programme sponsors Titleist, PGA captain Eddie Bullock and Sir Trevor Brooking, who was observing the course for the Football Association.
An above-par performance! Mark Skinner (second right) is pictured with (from left) Ken Graham, UK director of sales for programme sponsors Titleist, PGA captain Eddie Bullock and Sir Trevor Brooking, who was observing the course for the Football Association.

MARK Skinner has found himself near the top of the leaderboard – of golfers qualifying as PGA professionals.

Skinner, assistant to club pro Nick Hiom at Boston Golf Club, finished third in the country.

His hard work over the three-year course, run in conjunction with the PGA and Birmingham University, certainly paid off.

His course included written assignments and practical coaching sessions.

Skinner finished top out of all the Midlands students and third from more than 300 people taking the course.

“It’s nice to know I can now be a professional,” the 27-year-old told The Standard.

On a sunny but windy day, South Kyme found Boston’s course a little bit too tight to master - and found a few of the trees a bit much too contend with as Boston won 5-1.

The Rabbits competed for the George Ken Trophy.

J. Gichrist (18) was victorious with a nett 68 score.

In second was R. Aspeslagh (19) with nett 69 and third was L. Maskell (19) with nett 70.

Boston Golf Club’s B Team have had their best start to the season for many years.

They have entertained Thorney Lakes for the first time at Cowbridge and secured a convincing 4-2 win.

On the back of that victory they travelled to Tydd St Giles and also managed a 4-2 victory, to put them securely on top of the table.

The backbone of both wins were the pairings of team captain Steve Hodgson and his partner, the ever-reliable, Gary Willis, and Dave Cartwright and Trev Newton.

These two pairings have both won their opening matches.