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Carney dedicates win to dad

Robin Hood assistant took top honours for his PGA Foundation Degree work

By ECG Newsdesk

A former county teammate of Ryder Cup hopeful Andy Sullivan has chalked up his own notable victory after taking top honours on his route to being a PGA Professional.

Jamie Carney, based at Robin Hood Golf Club near Solihull, has secured the prestigious Lord Derby Trophy at the Titleist PGA Assistant of the Year awards after coming top of the Year Two assistant professionals on the PGA Foundation Degree.

GRADUATION

The 24-year-old, who was in the same county amateur team as European Tour star Sullivan, was recognised for his achievements at The PGA’s annual graduation ceremony held at the University of Birmingham.

“When I finished school I wanted to play and I was a full time amateur until I was 21. I played for the county in some events with Andy Sullivan, and I also represented England boys.”

DEGREE

Carney was introduced to the game by a friend’s grandad, who took him down the range. He then joined Shirley Golf Club aged 11 and was indebted to his dad for supporting his passion.

“My dad worked shifts so he would pick me up from school and take me to the club to practise for a couple of hours.

“He’d stand with me, go and pick up balls and take me to events. He didn’t play golf, but my dad’s dedication and support is the reason why I got to where I did in the game.”

Find out about a career as a PGA pro at pga.info or call 01675 470333

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