England (East) Region
09 Mar 18
Ian Campbell has left Cheshunt to take up a new position as a teaching professional at Wels Golf Club in Austria.
Campbell, 37, has always enjoyed the global opportunities on offer to a PGA Professional and has worked in Mauritius, the Czech Republic as well as a previous stint in Austria.
But he settled at Cheshunt for almost three years and carved out a reputation for himself as one of the best players in the East region.
In 2016 he won an Order of Merit tournament at Aldwickbury Park and finished runner-up in the annual standings behind Rob Coles (Maylands G&CC).
Campbell said: ‘The highlight of my time in the region was finishing second in the Order of Merit in 2016. I came so close to winning it…in the end Rob (Coles) overtook me.
“Another highlight was finishing fifth in the PGA Professional Championship the same year. It gave me a good chance of getting in the PGA Cup team and kept me working on my game when I wasn’t coaching.
“The East region has some great pro-ams and there are some very good players that play regularly on the circuit. I will miss it as I have made some really good mates and have learnt a lot from the players I have played with.”
Campbell is planning to keep up a commitment to his own game alongside the new job at Wels
The Scot added: “Austria has a good PGA circuit to play on, along with the national open and pre-qualifying for the European Tour’s Austrian Open – so there is plenty.
“I would like to come back to play in our PGA Professional Championship during the summer but I'll have to see how work is going.
“My new position is purely a teaching role, including coaching the club teams – men, ladies, and junior club teams. It will also involve taking groups away on golf trips during the winter.”