IAN Campbell has joined Addington Court Golf Club's coaching staff, fresh from teaching golfers in the Czech Republic and Austria.
The academy professional, 32, brings with him an impeccable international pedigree, having represented Great Britain and Ireland as a boy, and he went on to join the Walker Cup squad in an illustrious amateur golf career.
In 1997, the Welshman won the European Boys Championship in Slovenia, and in 2001 was runner-up in the Amateur Championship, the UK's most prestigious amateur golf tournament.
He turned professional the following year, and enjoyed success in several Tour events. As well as giving golf lessons, Campbell will also begin a new scheme in March called Start Golf London.
This will take individuals from absolute-beginner level to a point at which they can play on a full-length golf course in just four weeks.
Campbell will also be leading other initiatives such as Learn Golf London, for intermediate-level beginners, and a day-long intensive programme called Learn Golf In A Day. He will also represent the club by competing in regional tournaments and Pro-Ams.
"I am so looking forward to teaching people to play better golf at Addington Court," said Campbell. "It's one of the most popular golf centres around the Croydon area and I am sure that we will be helping lots of people discover this great sport in 2013 – as well as lowering the handicaps of a lot of existing golfers!
"I believe that Start Golf London will be very popular – golf becomes a lifelong sport for most people, and it will be very rewarding to introduce them to it through this exciting scheme."
Addington Court Golf Club has two 18-hole courses and a nine-hole Academy course, plus a large driving range and two well-stocked golf shops.
For more information go to www.addingtoncourt-golfclub.co.uk