England and Wales (North) Region
10 Nov 17
James Green, a PGA Professional at Congleton Golf Club in Cheshire since 2004, has died from cancer at the age of 43.
James took up golf when a school friend invited him to Astbury Golf Club in Cheshire, a short distance from his family home.
It proved a defining moment in his young life and he became hooked, spending all his spare time at the club.
Every evening, weekends and school holidays were spent at the course. And on the odd occasion James did not have a lift he would get on his bike with his clubs and cycle there so he did not have to miss a day’s practice.
His parents were delighted to know he was abiding by a strict etiquette, game rules and with older members whom he soon came to respect.
All his spare money went on clubs and equipment, his bedroom wall was covered in golf posters and the shelves soon began to groan from the weight of trophies he won.
The silverware was complemented by a commemorative plaque presented to him after he recorded a hole-in-one during a competition at Wilmslow Golf Club in 1990.
He left school two years later and was thrilled to secure a job at Keele Golf Range in Staffordshire.
James completed his PGA training there and get to play a few shots with soon-to-be pop singing superstar Robbie Williams who lived nearby.
Then in 2001 James got his big break. His dream job came via his good friend and fellow PGA Professional Andrew Preston, the director of golf at The Chase Golf Club in Penkridge, Staffordshire.
He made many more friends and colleagues there including his assistant, Michael Green. The pair later followed Andrew to Congleton Golf Club and James spent many years providing services for Alfa Romeo and Mercedes Benz and also taught at Lightwood Driving Range in Staffordshire.
James additionally worked part-time for Staffordshire Education, teaching golf and providing lessons to young people. In 2003 his wife Julie gave birth to their son, Joe.
Meanwhile, James often travelled abroad to take a selection of customers on golfing trips.
Even during his illness, he would insist on getting into work. Then. two years ago, he went on a ‘once in a lifetime holiday’ with his best friend Chris to watch the Masters at Augusta. As he walked around the course he described it as being like “walking in an oil painting”.
James’s funeral will be held at 10.30am on Wednesday, November 15, at Carmountside Crematorium, Leek Road, Milton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. ST2 7AB.
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