Twissell to enjoy new role

John Twissell has an exciting new role
John Twissell has an exciting new role
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John Twissell is planning to make the most of his term as PGA England and Wales (North) captain by playing in as many events time will allow from his busy job as a teaching professional at Garstang Country Club.

“I still enjoy competing but I don’t always have the freedom because of work commitments. At least I’m exempt from qualifying,” he said.

“But it’s a great honour to be chosen as captain. I’ve still got the jacket when Lancashire appointed me in 2002 – and it still fits me.”

Twissell, who took up the game as a junior member of his home club in Great Harwood then, after the family moved to the coast, joined Fairhaven and eventually signed on as assistant to Bill Miller in 1979.

He then chanced his arm in the United States, working at Baltusrol for six years, before returning to work with Royal Lytham and St Annes professional Eddie Birchenough.

“Paul Eales and Andrew Lancaster where also there,” he said.

Twissell graduated to a fully-fledged role at Clitheroe in 1991, where he stayed for 15 years.

“I left to set up a corporate golf day business but a lot of interest fizzled out because of the economic downturn,” he added.

“I’ve certainly been around but I was fortunate to get a post at Garstang.”

Twissell, 53, has served as PGA in Lancashire county chairman for six years and as a regional committee member for 10.

He will be officially installed as captain at the PGA (North) annual meeting at Moortown on March 16.

Meanwhile, former European Tour player Peter Barber has been appointed PGA in Cheshire and North Wales captain and Aran Wainwright, professional at Mid Yorks, is the PGA in Yorkshire’s choice.

Tony Cuppello, attached to Pike Fold, has been named PGA in Lancs captain and Michael Nesbit, of Westerhope, is expected to be nominated for the North East/North West role.