England and Wales (South West) Region
27 Apr 18
High-tech: (from left) Conor Dillon (Golf Pride regional manager EMEA), Alexander Price, and John Heggarty (PGA captain)
PGA Professional Alexander Price is proving a chip off the old block when it comes to the art of golf club-fitting and repairs.
The 23-year-old has won The PGA’s Golf Pride Equipment Technology and Custom-Fitting Award which, given he has an expert in the art to hand, should not come as a surprise.
The expert in question is his father, Stephen, a PGA tutor and member of the training academy's equipment and technology team.
“My father inspired me to get into this,” said Pope who works at Pontypool Golf Club, Monmouthshire, and has just qualified as a PGA Professional.
In recognition of his achievement, Price was presented with a cheque for £1,500 by Conor Dillon, Golf Pride regional manager EMEA, at the PGA Graduation Ceremony held at the University of Birmingham.
Predictably, Price senior was also instrumental in getting his son to play golf – as soon as possible.
“I was swinging a club at 18 months old,” Price recalled. “We used to go to Celtic Manor to practise. That’s how I got into it.”
Having turned professional at 19 and with The PGA’s three-year training programme behind him, Price has set his sights on becoming a traditional golf club professional.
“I’d like a head professional’s role at a golf club, running my own golf shop and doing the things I do now and love - club-fitting, coaching, club repairs.
“In addition, I’d like to follow my father and become an equipment technology tutor and examiner for The PGA.”
Conor Dillon is also a PGA Professional and, commenting on Golf Pride’s continuing support for the award, he added: “I would like to congratulate Alexander on a great achievement in winning the Golf Pride Custom-Fitting and Equipment Technology Award.
“Golf Pride is proud to partner The PGA with its quest of continuously raising educational standards, to ensure its Members will be well placed for future success in their chosen areas of expertise.”