Charlie Bright new pro at Mundesley Golf Club

08:42 February 1, 2022

A young golfer makes his debut as a club professional on a course in his native North Norfolk.

Charlie Bright has been announced as the new pro at Mundesley Golf Club and will take charge next month (February) when current pro Ryan Pudney moves to Sheringham with the professional, coaching team.

The Cromer Charlie man, 30, first took up the sport as a 12-year-old schoolboy, after trying to put in the garden of his grandfather John Laidlow who told him that he had a natural eye for the game.

The youngster rose through the ranks – playing for Norfolk juniors and seniors and reducing his handicap to zero at the age of 16.

At 20 he decided to make a career out of it and after being a pro assistant at Sheringham, where he gained his PGA qualifications, and a coach at Royal Norwich, he is delighted to be given his first full professional role. at a local club.

Charlie said: “Mundesley is a family friendly club which has made great strides in recent years so I look forward to helping to sustain and sustain this growth, helping members improve their game and guiding them. on the best equipment to help them. do it via our new, expanded club shop.

As a player who started the game young, while he liked to “hit the ball high and long”, he is also keen to encourage the very promising junior section of the club.

Charlie’s family is well known in the area – with parents Mark and Maxine running the Main Café on the town’s Church Street, with help from eldest son Greg. Mark also spent 30 years working with the Cromer Crab Company and Maxine is a former carnival queen in town.

Mundesley club chairman Andrew Keates said: “Charlie’s experience as a junior aspirant at Royal Cromer, followed by nine years as an assistant at Sheringham, makes him an ideal candidate for a club. members like Mundesley.

“A popular and low-key PGA-qualified golf professional, he is committed to helping golfers of all abilities feel comfortable and get the most out of their game. This is the perfect opportunity for Charlie to lead the club to greater things while providing a warm welcome to members and visitors.

“We are sad to lose Ryan who has been an outstanding professional chef who has been at the heart of our club’s renaissance, but we wish him all the best at Sheringham.”

Current pro Ryan Pudney had two stints at the club as operations manager from 2010 to 2017 and returned as a pro in 2018, later becoming director of golf. He added: “I had two very enjoyable spells at Mundesley working with a proactive board to drive the club forward. I am delighted that Charlie had this opportunity and wish him every success in this role.

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