O'Hanlon's on the move to make his Point
ONE of Cornwall's leading professional golfers has moved from Lanhydrock to help boost the profile of a top Cornish golf course as it undergoes a major facelift under new ownership.
Richard O'Hanlon left Lanhydrock after five years as the club's head pro at the end of last month to take charge of golfing matters at the former Roserrow Golf Club, which has now been renamed The Point at Polzeath.
Since the new owners took over five months ago, huge improvements have already been made at the club. New greenkeeper's machinery has been bought and a brand new gym, weight room and cardio facilities have been installed.
With the fairways already looking a treat, the greenstaff are currently hard at work improving the standard of the greens for the 200 members that have already joined the new club.
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O'Hanlon is full of enthusiasm for his role in advancing the status of the revamped club.
He said: "The new owners are very forward looking and the potential is there to make The Point at Polzeath one of the best clubs in the county.
"I am creating a junior academy and we are cutting four or five par 3 holes for the youngsters on spare land that we have so that they can practise getting the ball in the hole, which is what they really want to do, not just hit balls on the range.
"Junior tuition is on Saturdays from 9-10am and 10-11am and is £5 per person for the hour. All abilities are welcome.
"And during half term week we are running junior day clinics from 10am to 3pm, including lunch, for £25."
For more details O'Hanlon, who has his own website www.richardohanlon.com, can be contacted on his mobile 07976 215993 or at the club on 01208 863000.
Yesterday the first of regular monthly day golf clinics for ladies also got under way. Participants were given two hours of tuition and then had lunch before playing nine holes on the course in the afternoon under O'Hanlon's watchful eye.
He said: "The all-inclusive cost for these days will be £30 per person and anyone wishing to participate should call the club or ring me on my mobile."
The 41-year-old, who has enjoyed another successful season on the PGA West Region circuit, still plans to play competitively next season. He finished sixth in this year's Order of Merit, winning on three occasions and being in close contention in several other events.
As he did last year he will be teaming up with Killiow pro Richard Sadler in the National Fourball Championship at Forest Pines next month, an event in which they finished third in 2011.
Before moving to Cornwall, O'Hanlon won the Midland Region PGA Order of Merit in 2006 and finished second in the West Region PGA equivalent in 2010.
In the same year he also won the British Par 3 Championship and the £5,000 first prize, as well as qualifying to play in the 2011 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart on the European Tour.