26 Apr 18
A PGA Assistant who developed his golfing skills at the world famous Scottish resort of Gleneagles has won a prestigious PGA award.
Michael Bradfield, who is training at Elie Links on Scotland’s Fife coast to become a PGA Professional, has been named the Year 2 PGA Assistant of the Year.
In recognition of his achievement, the 31-year-old was presented with the Lord Derby Trophy and a cheque for £1,000 by PGA captain John Heggarty at the PGA Graduation Ceremony held at the University of Birmingham.
His decision to become a PGA pro, however, is a case of golf gaining at the expense of the business community.
He already has a degree in economics and marketing and the prospect of him changing course at the start of his days at university appeared as unlikely as his introduction to golf.
“I got into golf when I was eight years old,” he recalled. “That was through friends – it’s quite strange because there aren’t any golfers in the family.
“I started at Crieff Golf Club in Perthshire. Then I was a member at Gleneagles for a several years.
“I turned pro in 2015 and that was the ambition when I was younger. Then I went off to university and thought that would determine my career.
“Not that I regret going to university. I really enjoyed it and think it opens up a lot of doors.”
In that respect, the degree in economics and marketing may come in useful if Bradfield’s golfing career goes according to plan.
“I would like to do a few years coaching first and some hands-on experience abroad would be useful,” he added. “But I see myself going into management in the long term.”
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