David Clark has dedicated his first victory since taking over as the Head PGA Professional at Morpeth Golf Club to the memory of his friend and predecessor, the late Martin Jackson.
He battled through rain and wind to set a tournament record with a four-under 64 in the Hadrian Healthcare Pro-Am at Whickham Golf Club, finishing three shots clear of the field.
Clark, 36, took it harder than most when Jackson died a year ago.
“I had my first golf lesson from Martin at the age of ten and he sold me my first set of clubs”, he said.
“I did my PGA apprenticeship at Morpeth and worked for with him for eight years before becoming a freelance golf pro.
“He was my boss and he became my friend. Sometimes a golf pro and his assistant can work ten-hour days in the shop together so you either get on with each other or you don’t.
“I enjoyed working with Martin, he was a typically straightforward Yorkshireman. He was honest and straightforward so you always knew where you stood with him and he would do anything for you.”
Clark, who took over at Morpeth on October 1, said his form was ropey going into the tournament at Whickham, but concentrating on keeping dry seemed to clear his head of any technical worries.
“Instead of fretting about my swing path or anything like that, my only thought was to hit the ball with the middle of the club and that seemed to free my mind,” he added.