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The Professionals since 1945

Since World War II the club has been fortunate to engage the services of a number of respected professionals.

In 1949 George Johnson commenced a fifteen year tenure. In the year of his appointment he was good enough to be nominated for the Ryder Cup team at Ganton only just missing out on final selection. When George left in 1964, the club secured the services of Ted Large.

Ted arrived with an excellent reputation as a tournament player, coach and club professional and he certainly lived up to his promise. In 1964 he won the Staffordshire Open and then in 1966 and 1967 consecutive Staffordshire Professional Championships. In 1970 he finished in the top twenty of The Open Championship won by Tony Jacklin at Royal Lytham St Anne’s.

He stayed until 1976 after which there were a number of temporary appointments until Jim Rhodes took on the role permanently in 1980. Having worked at Beaudesert Golf Club Jim was well known to the Midlands golfing fraternity, enhancing his reputation with several wins in Midland professional tournaments. After arriving at South Staffs he claimed further victories in the Staffordshire Open Championship and the Staffordshire Match Play Championship which he claimed three times. He was voted Midland PGA Player of the decade in 1987 the year in which he won the European Club Professionals’ Championship in Holland.

In 1998 Jim departed the Club to pursue a full time career on the European Seniors Tour and the Club engaged the services of ex European Tour Professional and Ryder Cup player Peter Baker. Having recently crossed the 50 age threshold Peter has recently joined the European Seniors Tour.

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