JACK HAMMOND has clocked up 25 years as professional at Ormskirk Golf Club – and thousands of miles on the road.
The 56 year-old still lives in Radcliffe but makes a 55 mile round trip to work every day.
”I spend a couple of hours or so a day in the car but it’s worth it because this is such a great place to work,” he enthuses.
The 2007 PGA North Region captain, who is celebrating the milestone with a revamped shop, explains: “I live in Radcliffe where I look after my 90-year-old mum.”
Hammond took over from Arthur Kirby, who had mentored a young David Shacklady, today the most prolific winner in the PGA North Region.
Hammond dusts downs his clubs only occasionally these days, but there was a time when he fancied chancing his arm as a tournament player: “I tried it for a year but did not make much headway, although I completed four rounds in the old Benson and Hedges event in 1978, two of them with Bernhard Langer. I also won the Open Championship regional qualifier in my first year at Ormskirk, but nothing of any note since.”