Ali Williams, who recently joined the team at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club, is the new Junior Academy Golf Coach. Ali came through the junior section and played alongside very good young golfers who later became England players and Assistant Professionals at other clubs.
Ali is 27 and married to Rosie who he met at T&P when he was 18. Rosie was a waitress there and also a former junior member. Her mum Jill Steels, still works at T&P.
Following three successful years as Tiverton’s Assistant Professional to former T&P Assistant Alistair Welsher, and recently returned to Taunton. On Saturdays, two coaching sessions take place at the golf club. Ali is really looking forward to supporting the 40+ young golfers who regularly attend.
Ali will have great support from willing volunteers including Past Ladies’ Captain Jacky Ford, Somerset Ladies Golfer Helen Hayward, and Val Hayward who has been a major supporter of junior golf for many years. The older golfers from the junior section often come along to support the sessions. Many of them are Somerset golfers with single figure handicaps and this allows the Academy players to look at them and aspire to be the best they can and also for the older players to get involved and continue to build the team spirit within the juniors at the club.
Ali commented, ”It is so important to have fun, in a safe environment. Golf can boost a child’s health and confidence as well as teaching them personal skills that will last a lifetime. Our juniors are the future of our golf club and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to help them develop as golfers of the future.”
Mike Hooper the Junior Organiser commented, ”Ali is such a positive young man and will prove to be a fantastic coach.”
Ali has replaced Assistant Professional Chris Wyatt who left just before Christmas. The junior section noted that, during his time at the club, Chris made big improvements in not only the Junior Congu golfers but all of the Academy golfers. The section is looking forward to Ali building on the foundations laid and to further develop the Academy golfers.
Should you wish to get involved in the sessions, please call Ali or Simon Stevenson, Director of Golf at T&P, on 01823 421790.