We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new golf professional, Mr Mark Pilkington and confirm he will commence on the 5th August 2018.

Mark has been involved in golf for most of his life. After being introduced to the sport by his father John Pilkington, then the professional at Nefyn Golf Club at the age of 4, over the years Mark has competed successfully at junior and men’s amateur levels – winning the Peter McEvoy trophy, runner-up in the British Boys Championship, representing Wales at both home international and European levels and then success as the Welsh Amateur Champion in 1998 and heading the order of merit the same year. This culminated in being chosen to represent GB & Ireland in the Walker Cup squad.

The success of 1998 saw Mark turn professional and enter the qualifying school for the European tour, with his father by his side he gained the 16th European tour card for the 1999 season. He went on to compete on the European tour for 6 years and 5 years on the Challenge tour with many notable performances:-

* 4th Qatar Masters, Doha Golf Club.
* 4th Wales Open, Celtic Manor.
* 3rd West of Ireland Classic, Galway.
* Winner Kazakhstan Open 2006.
* Winner Challenge Tour order of merit 2006.
* Course Record -9, 63 at Doha Golf Club, Qatar Masters.
* Course Record -9, Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, France, Trophée Lancôme.

Following a playing career in 2014 Mark commenced his PGA training, winning both the North region assistant’s order of merit and the full order of merit – becoming the first person ever to do so. In 2017 he completed his training attaining 7th best student of the year. During this period Mark has been gaining valuable experience at Pwllheli Golf Club through his role as assistant professional to his brother Stuart the golf professional.

Mark has told us he is thoroughly looking forward to starting this new chapter in his career at Porthmadog Golf Club. It is a club he has always been very fond of, with a course to rival or better any in the area!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mark from all at Porthmadog Golf Club and we look forward to this new partnership.

31 July 201

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