Peter Hammond – the 8th club professional in Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club’s 120-year history – is this week celebrating 30 years since he was appointed as Head Professional at the club.
Peter started playing golf in 1973 and was a successful amateur golfer, winning many titles at both junior and senior levels. One of his career highlights was winning the Carris Trophy in 1979 and playing as a Great Britain and Ireland Junior International.
Prior to Peter arriving at the Island club, he was an Assistant Professional at Goodwood and Bognor Golf Courses.
Peter, who moved to the Island with his wife Sarah in 1990 and was appointed as club professional on 1st June that year, says:
“Making this move to the Island to take up the position of Club Head Professional was a fantastic opportunity for me and my family. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at the club helping to promote the enjoyment of golf whether for players new to the game or seasoned golfers.
“I am also incredibly pleased to have helped many juniors to take up the game and for some who have progressed to become professional golfers themselves.”
Notably, some of Peter’s past juniors and assistants have gone on to start and manage International Golf businesses, with 3 of his past assistants now working full time in the USA and China.
Club Chairman Barry Guy says:
“Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club has been incredibly lucky to have secured such a great PGA Professional for the last 30 years. Peter has proved to be not only an excellent teacher but a great ambassador for the club, where nothing is ever too much trouble for members or visitors alike”.
Although golf has just restarted at the club following the COVID-19 shut down, it has not been possible to celebrate Peter’s 30th anniversary in the way it deserves. However, Club Captain Shawn Ford has told Island Echo:
“To mark Peters fantastic 30 years at the club we are planning a golf competition and celebration day in October which will enable all members and staff to come together to celebrate this milestone properly”.