James excited by new role as Burnley Director of Golf

NEW ROLE: James Webster is Burnley's new Director of Golf
NEW ROLE: James Webster is Burnley's new Director of Golf

BURNLEY Golf Club have announced that PGA Professional James Webster has accepted a new role of Director of Golf within the club.

And Webster, who already teaches at the club, as well as Lee Valley Driving Range in Rishton, is looking forward to his new role.

The 34-year-old has a vast and varied sporting background.

The grandson of Harry Potts, he was on QPR’s books as a youngster, before joining hometown club Burnley.

He signed professional forms at Turf Moor, before dropping into non-league, where he played for the likes of Rhyl, Clitheroe, Rossendale United and Colne - where he became the youngest chairman in the North West Counties League 10 years ago, combining that responsibility with the playing side of things.

But golf has long since been a major passion of his.

He started out at Clitheroe Golf Club as a junior, then after a brief spell at Nelson as assistant professional moved back to Clitheroe, where he had four years as assistant professional and got fully qualified, gaining his PGA degree at the prestigious Ping Belfry Golf Academy.

He then became the Head Teaching Professional at Lee Valley - where he is in his seventh year there - and Myerscough College, where he built a reputation as one of the leading teachers in the North West.

And he said of his new challenge: “I can’t wait to get started. I want to make a massive change to how golf is perceived and played in East Lancahire.

“I hear day in, day out what golfers want from their clubs, and it is my aim to bring that to the members of Burnley.

“I will be working closely with the committees, council and members to achieve better facilities, membership packages and visitor/society packages to give the members a club to be proud of.

“In the current economic climate, and after a poor summer weather-wise, we need to make golf more appealing and affordable.

“We aim to get out into the community more and get businesses involved with the club.

“This has already started with the driving range offering all members a huge discount on balls. We have some excellent ideas for membership and visitor packages, which will be announced soon.

“An improvement in facilities will be seen this winter with development plans being put in place for the next one, three and five years.

“Part of this will be free taster sessions for ladies, children and families.”

Anybody interested in membership, sponsorship, visitors fees or lessons can call 455266 or visit www.burnleygolfclub.com