England (Midlands) Region
13 Mar 19
Barrie Stevens plans to head for the sunshine but not ride off into the sunset after retiring as head PGA Professional at Beau Desert Golf Club.
Stevens, PGA Midlands captain in 2016, officially retires at the end of this month after 33 years serving the club on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, that is regularly rated among the top 100 in England.
Prior to that, Stevens, who began his career at Allerton Manor Golf Club in his home city of Liverpool, worked at Keighley Golf Club in Yorkshire and then spent six years as head PGA pro at Teeside Golf Club before joining Beau Desert in 1986.
Retirement, however, does not mean his involvement with golf is over. Far from it.
“I’ve got a place in Portugal which I’ve had for almost 15 years and plan to do some coaching there,” he explained.
“There are already some golfers in Portugal who I coach and I intend to take some groups there in our winter months.”
Closer to home, Stevens will continue to coach some of his corporate clients just down the road from Beau Desert at the Chase Golf Club, Penkridge.
“I won’t be attached to the Chase,” he continued. “But I’ve got the opportunity to use the club’s facilities as and when I want it.
“And I won’t be cutting my ties with Beau Desert. The club has been good to me – I’ve been given lifetime courtesy, am free to use the clubhouse and also play with the members at the weekend as I’ve always done.”
In addition to playing with Beau Desert members, Stevens intends to take part in regional and, where possible, national events.
“I won’t be able to play in competitions like the Lombard because I won’t be a pro at a club,” he said. “But I can play in the Super 60s and regional tournaments.
“I’m also keen to play for Staffordshire against Shropshire for the Fred Miles trophy. The match had not taken place for 14 years until we revived it last summer and I’m looking forward to playing in it again.”
Meanwhile, away from the golf course, Stevens wants to see the end of an even longer hiatus within the next couple of months.
“I’m a lifelong Liverpool supporter and played for the club at schoolboy level,” he revealed. “It’s been almost 30 years since they were champions and I’m hoping they will put that right this season.”
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