Darren tees off golfing career as PGA professional

DARREN Wood has qualified as a PGA professional.

The talented Teri received his diploma from former England football star Sir Trevor Brooking at a glittering ceremony.

Darren, who started his golfing career playing over the Vertish, said: “It was my dad who introduced me to golf and I became a junior at Hawick Golf Club.

“My first handicap was 30 and when I left it was 10.

“In 2002, when I was 18, I moved to Surrey to work at the Royal Automobile Club, where I’m still based. And six years later I passed my playing ability test at the Belfry, which I needed to get onto the Professional Golfer’s Foundation degree course.”

Son of George and Val Wood, Darren studied the degree for three years, completing modules which included golf coaching, sports science, business management and rules of golf.

The former Wilton and high school pupil said: “It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s all been worthwhile and it was a great honour to receive my degree from Sir Trevor Brooking.”

Since then Darren has become a certified putting instructor.

He added: “I coach with the Surrey County Golf Partnership working with Surrey future squads

“Coaching is where I see myself as well as playing in Pro-ams and PGA events.”