THREE months after taking up one of the most prestigious positions in local golfing circles, everything seems to be blooming for new Fixby head professional Alex Keighley.
With a refurbished and re-stocked pro’s shop, a diary bursting with bookings for lessons, a newly-sponsored car and a transformed indoor teaching room – complete with the latest technology – there is no wonder this 5ft bundle of bubbly enthusiasm is relishing her new role.
Although she took over from previous pro Paul Carman on April 1, the 30-year-old Keighley quickly proved she is nobody’s fool as she became one of only a handful of lady head professionals in the UK.
“I must admit it was a good time to take over at the start of the new season, rather than going into the winter months, and now that I’ve settled in, I’m really enjoying it,” Keighley admitted, as we sat chatting in her splendidly-stocked new ‘golf emporium.’
“It was quite a big thing taking over as head professional at such a prestigious club. (The number of head lady professionals in Britain is in single figures!)
“Obviously I knew the golf side having been Paul’s assistant for the last seven years, so it was a big advantage knowing the members, which has helped a lot because they have been very supportive.
“But I have also really enjoyed the retail side of the business, which previously I’d no knowledge of.
“I’m now fully re-stocked with all the leading brands of golf clothing and equipment (on Thursday she held a fashion show attended by 70 lady members and friends where a number of members modelled the latest clothing from Glenmuir, Galvin Green, Footjoy and Adidas) and also have a number of demonstration days pencilled in (starting today with a Ping demo).
“We have a lady Titleist ball day set for July 31, with another for the men on August 1, along with a club fit on the same day.
“I’ve just nicely been given a car, sponsored by Pentagon, which is courtesy of one of our members Andrew Marlow, while I’ve also invested in and just taken delivery of the latest version of FlightScope” – a golf tracking system, which provides every statistic under the sun, and is now widely used by all the top teaching instructors, club fitters and equipment manufacturers.
“FlightScope brings me the latest technology and it can be used outside or in my indoor teaching room.”
Since taking up her new position, not surprisingly, she has been working flat out and has few chances to swing a club herself, but the former Great Britain international has qualified for the WPGA British Club’s professionals Championships, and is looking forward to taking her place in the line-up at Carden Park, in Cheshire, from August 8 to 10.
Any member wishing to take the benefit from Keighley’s experience and use the new technology now available at her fingertips, only needs to ring to book an appointment. But do bear in mind that Keighley is now regularly booked up for two to three weeks in advance.