Golfer Clapp swaps clubs

PUBLISHED: 12:26 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009

Andy Clapp

Andy Clapp

HERTS coach and county golf champion Andy Clapp has been appointed club professional at Brickendon Grange. Clapp has been teaching professional at Hatfield London Country Club in Essendon for the past two years. Before that, he was professional at The Sh

HERTS coach and county golf champion Andy Clapp has been appointed club professional at Brickendon Grange.

Clapp has been teaching professional at Hatfield London Country Club in Essendon for the past two years.

Before that, he was professional at The Shire, London, formerly Bridgedown, near Barnet.

"While I have been happy at Hatfield London it has just been a teaching position, and I am looking forward to a traditional club pro's job, which while teaching is an important part, it also entails running a pro shop and catering for members' requirements," said Andy.

"It marks a new challenge which I will enjoy, and I will also continue my playing career in East Region events and Herts Alliance matches."

As twice winner of the Herts Pro Championship, he will be defending his title at South Herts next month and aiming to make it a hat-trick.

Another target is the Open Championship in July.

Ten years ago, he qualified for the Open at Royal Birkdale and completed all four rounds, finishing creditably in 57th place.

With the Open again at Royal Birkdale, he intends to try to qualify again.

"It would be great to be in the field again," said Clapp.

"I am exempt for the first regional qualifier, having finished in the top 10 in the Club Pro's Championship, which gives me an advantage, and I hope to capitalise on that.

"It's every player's dream to play in the Open, and having done so once, it makes the prospect of a second time even more exciting.


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