Shaun Cowell and Mark Ridley are our ever friendly PGA professionals who provide informed assistance in terms of coaching and discounted golf equipment and clothing, plus expert answers to your golfing questions.
The words “Pro Shop” understate the CustomFitGolf superstore at South Moor which carries stocks of more leading brands than you usually find at a members’ golf club, thanks to Shaun’s 30 years of experience in the retail industry.
Before concentrating fully on all the attention to detail involved with being a pro at a members’ club, Shaun was a player on the PGA regional circuit for professionals in the North East and Cumbria.
He enjoyed an interesting “five minutes of fame” experience involving a regional PGA matchplay tournament in which he beat the Peterlee raised pro David Whelan 2&1 in the first round.
This was shortly after Whelan, now a top coach in America, had triumphed on the European Tour in the 1988 Barcelona Open . . . claiming the title by winning a four-man play-off that included Nick Faldo!
Shaun enjoyed a golden season in the early 1990s when, when he won three tournaments, and fellow South Moor pro Mark is currently a leading player – and winner – on the same PGA regional circuit.
Mark has twice won the Cumbrian Masters and, as an amateur, was the Durham County champion.