Alex is offered the top pro’s job at Fixby

FORMER Lightcliffe player Alex Keighley looks set to become the head professional at Huddersfield Golf Club following the shock departure of long-serving Paul Carman.

The Fixby club has responded to days of speculation over Carman’s future by confirming that he would be leaving the club.

A statement also says that Keighley, who turned pro in 2003 after a glittering amateur career, would be offered the job.

The statement placed on the club’s website read: “The Board has decided not to renew the retainer/contract of our Professional, Paul Carman.

“Paul is only the seventh professional in the club’s 121-year history, and he has served the club well for 25 years.

“He leaves with our gratitude. Discussions continue as to how we can best honour Paul’s service to the club.

“It is the board’s intention to offer the position to Alex Keighley. She would be one of very few female club professionals in British golf. A further update will be issued in due course”.

Carmen and Keighley have both declined to comment on the situation.

Keighley was Yorkshire Schools and Yorkshire Junior Champion in 1998 and English Schools Champion the following year, representing her country at girls and under 21 level.

She was county champion in 2001 and 2003 and after turning pro played on the European Tour.

She started teaching at Fixby in 2008 and after finishing second in the WPGA order of merit in 2009 she had a successful 2010, finishing joint first in a WPGA event at Cardiff Golf Club. Last year she had coaching roles with Yorkshire Girls and England Girls Elite Birdie Coach.

Now fully qualified as a PGA professional, the former Hipperholme and Lightcliffe School pupil teaches full time at Huddersfield and plays a few events on the WPGA.