Flamborough club to welcome new pro

Dayne Hawkins

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New professional Dayne Hawkins could bring a touch of the continent to Flamborough head when he takes up his new position at the start of March.

The 50-year-old has spent more than two decades working overseas, managing golf academies.

Dayne Hawkins arrives at Flamborough in March.

Dayne Hawkins arrives at Flamborough in March.

His career has seen him spend time in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

He and his family, including his wife Marion who is half-German and half-Italian, will move to East Yorkshire from Maidstone in Kent.

They are not strangers to the area, having previously lived in Grimsby for five years, and visited the Bridlington area regularly in that time.

Originally from Romford in Essex, he has spent the last year working in Maidstone in Kent, but can’t wait to return up north.

Hawkins said: “The year in Maidstone has not quite been what we expected but Flamborough Head is exactly what I was looking for.

“We knew the area because we used to visit Bridlington on our days off at Grimsby and my wife always said that if we got the chance to retire here, it would be wonderful, because she loves the area.

“I’m very very lucky that I have found the friendliest club in Yorkshire. There is a great bunch of people there and I believe I have some ideas to help the club grow.

“It already has a great reputation and I’d like the opportunity to bring in a golf academy and get a real family atmosphere built up.”

Hawkins’ two sons, Charlie and Chesney, both play golf, and 11-year-old Chesney is on the Lee Westwood Junior Tour.

He added: “Golf is not elitist, it is not about one particular age group.

“I am realistic. I know the numbers playing the sport has dropped over the last 10 years but it is our job to tackle that.

“It’s a feather in my cap that I have been able to encourage the club to see the benefit of having a professional with them.”