IT WILL only be a short drive to Saddleworth Golf Club for new professional Andy Earlam.
The 29-year-old is moving later this month from just over the hill at Oldham where he has been in a similar post for the past 18 months.
Andy is excited about the move to Saddleworth and moving that club forward.
In his short time at Oldham, Andy has embraced the club.
He said: “I am sad to be leaving, but it is a good move for me as Saddleworth is a much bigger club with lots of potential.
“Building the membership and client base is obviously very important as well as having a modern shop.
“I also focused on coaching at Oldham and ran a successful junior programme and also took that into local schools to promote golf.”
Andy, who was brought up in Stalybridge where he attended Arlies Primary and West Hill School, took up golf through friends at the age of 10 at Stamford.
He eventually became junior captain and junior organiser during a period in which the club won the prestigious Manchester and District Alliance BMW Challenge, a knockout involving clubs from throughout the North West.
Golf was not Andy’s first job, however, as he was a joiner by trade working in a workshop in Newton, Hyde, and attending night school to learn skills.
Andy, who lives in Dukinfield, decided on a change of career aged 24 and became assistant professional at Stamford where he also worked towards his PGA qualifications.
And after gaining them, he became professional at Oldham.
Andy says it is an exciting period as, apart from the new job, his wife Helen is due to give birth to their first child in July.
Andy and Oldham member Graham Pendleton were recent winners of a pro-am at Houghwood where they scored 44 points in the Stableford. The event attracted 38 professionals including former European Tour player Phil Archer.