ST ANNES golfer Paul Eales doesn’t find much time to play these days because of his coaching commitments, but when he does he proves he’s lost none of his competitive appetite.
That was evident in the Lancashire PGA Pleasington pro-am where the former European Tour winner strolled to victory with a six-under-par 65.
“It was good to get the clubs out again,” said the 49-year-old who squeezed seven birdies out of the parkland course which stood up well in the soggy conditions.
His lone bogey came at the fourth in an otherwise faultless round as he prevailed by a shot from Hart Common’s Steve Parry, the PGA North Region’s Order of Merit leader, as Chorley’s Mark Bradley continued his resurgent form with a 67 to finish third.
Eales coaches Lancashire and Cheshire 16-18 year-olds at the PGA academy at nearby Formby Hall, and is also involved with the England Under-18 team.
He has just spent a week in Argentina where he addressed a conference on how to grow the game attended by coaches from all over South America.
“It was part of a Royal and Ancient initiative to help emerging golfing nations,” he said, adding that the trip was set up by former Leyland professional and Portugal-based Tony Bennett, head of PGA of Europe education.
Eales has also just completed the first of a two-year distance learning course in sport pedagogy at Birmingham University which involves teaching methods.
“It’s proving that my way of coaching youngsters is the right one,” he added.