Beverley returns to the ranks of the professionals for another tilt
BEVERLEY New has turned professional again and now coaches at Lansdown Golf Club, her original base, where she is an honorary life member.
In her early career, the leading woman golfer in the West Country became English amateur champion in 1980 and represented England. She played against the United States alongside Laura Davies in the 1984 Curtis Cup team that lost by just one point at Muirfield.
Then she spent the next 13 years as a professional teeing up alongside players like Laura Davies, Trish Johnson and Alison Nicholas, and won four times, once as an amateur.
As the women's professional scene became less lucrative, she decided to change direction and earn a living outside golf in 2001 and, six years later, claimed the Somerset women's county championship for a record eighth time.
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After becoming a reinstated amateur, she won the British Seniors title, played for England Seniors and was appointed England women's captain for two years in 2004.
But now she says: "I've turned a full circle and come back to Lansdown. It cost so much money to play amateur events, and it seemed like I'd done it all before, so I thought I'd change direction again.
"So many people were asking me for lessons and I was happy to oblige. I was giving them for nothing but found it very satisfying. So I decided to turn pro again and rejoin the PGA."
She attended an interview at the PGA headquarters at The Belfry this week and must take a refresher course as methods have moved on since she first joined in 1988.
"I'm now just teaching the basic golf swing, see what my pupils need and improve them," she said. "I am find it exciting and also enjoy holding group lessons and junior clinics."
She stands in for club professional Scott Redman in the shop one day a week, teaches for three days and works one day at the café. Although she still lives in Burnham, she is spending more time with her 84-year-old mother in Downend.
Once she is back in the PGA she plans to play in the monthly Women's PGA medals and is booked to compete in the 54-hole English Ladies Senior International Open from August 21 at The Meridian in Cambridge.