ROB Booth has ended his five-year association with Bradley Hall in pursuit of honours on the professional circuit.
The 27-year-old from Outlane is now attached to Oulton Hall, where he receives coaching from Jason Wood, the son of long-serving Bradley Hall professional Peter.
Booth has been the junior coach and organiser at the Holywell Green club in the past and has been hugely successful in Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance events in recent years.
However, he is focusing on trying to make an impact on the EuroPro Tour as well as in PGA North Region tournaments this summer.
Booth explained his switch to the Leeds club. He said he had been coached by Jason Wood for seven months and Oulton had the technology to help him improve his game, including instant video playbacks of his swing.
The fact that he had been granted free use of the gymnasium and driving range had been further incentives to switch his allegiance.
“It is about an hour away from home but I have been spending a lot of time there,” he said.
Booth was a surprise absentee from the entries for next Tuesday’s first local Alliance of 2012, at Crosland Heath, and he confirmed that he would not be playing in events during the second half of the season.
He was Alliance president in 2010-2011 and has won the professional order of merit for the last two seasons. He also won the pro section in last season’s Page Trophy competition at Meltham.
Booth is currently one point behind Crow Nest Park’s Gareth Evans in the order of merit.
Serious business for Booth starts at the beginning of April when he attends qualifying school for the Europro Tour at Stoke by Nayland in Colchester. He has sponsorship from DeVere and will be trying to follow in the footsteps of Woodsome Hall’s Chris Hanson, who won the 2011 Order of Merit and collected more than £37,000 in winnings.
Some players will have to qualify for the PGA North Region events for the first time this year but Booth is exempt after finishing in last year’s top 50. The programme includes a tournament at Huddersfield GC on Sunday and Monday, September 16 and 17.
TEENAGE sensation Jamie Bower has been made a life member of Meltham.
The England junior international, now playing off plus 2.1, is due to play in the South African Amateur Championship later this month.