Leeke has turned his focus from football to golf after devastating injury
By ECG Newsdesk
An aspiring PGA Professional has hit the back of the net with his golf career after seeing his dreams of becoming a football star wrecked by injury.
Daniel Leeke, a PGA Assistant at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire, has aced his first year on the three-year PGA Foundation degree as he was named Rookie of the Year.
The 23-year-old, who was on the books of Shrewsbury Town as a teenager and was being scouted by the likes of Wolves and Bolton before a knee injury ended his hopes, was recognised for his achievement at the annual PGA Graduation Ceremony at the University of Birmingham.
Leeke, who achieved a first class degree in golf at the University of Lincoln, was introduced to the game by his dad at the age of four but it wasn’t until he was 16 that it became a career option.
“I played golf till I was about 11 but then football dominated. I had a couple of injuries, including a knee operation when I was 13, which pushed me back towards golf.
“I joined Hawkstone Park as a member when I was 18 or 19 and it while I was here that I heard about the job. I was getting some coaching with the head pro and was told of a possible opportunity. I was finishing my degree at the time but then the job opportunity came up and after finishing university I got the job.
“My degree has helped on the course but there is so much I have also learned in the first year with regards to custom fitting and the business side of golf. It was really interesting. The intensity has been upped somewhat while I’ve been doing my second year.”
Leeke was presented with the Major John Bywaters Trophy as a reward for his achievement and a cheque for £1,000.
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