WHEN John Eyre moves from Crosland Heath to take up duties as professional at Woodsome Hall on March 1 he will be joined by a player he coached in the Halifax, Huddersfield Union squad.
David Astin, 27, who turned professional in 2004 and has completed his PGA qualification, will fill a teaching role alongside Eyre for four-and-a-half days a week, having called a halt to his PGA EuroPro Tour involvement.
He has been attached at Hebden Bridge where as an amateur he was the Union junior matchplay champion in 1998 and a three times winner of the Union scratch foursomes with Ian Powell.
Ambitions for a tournament career after making a strong show in the PGA Assistants’ Championship a couple of years back haven’t reached fruition.
But he plans to enrol in the European Tour qualifying school in September and this season will play the PGA North Region circuit.
Currently in Spain where he is running a golf clinic with a group of amateur friends, Astin made his last outing on the EuroPro Tour back in May, when he had to retire from the Scottish Masters.
That followed three other Tour events which failed to yield success, and he missed the cut in three tournaments he played on the European Challenge Tour.