FORMER Hipperholme and Lightlciffe High School student and Lightcliffe Golf Club member Alexandria Keighley is in line to become the new head professional and coach at Huddersfield Golf Club, Fixby.
A statement was issued by the club’s board of directors on Tuesday, after days of speculation that popular professional Paul Carman was to leave the club that has many members from Brighouse and Rastrick.
The statement placed on the club’s website read: “The Board has decided not to renew the retainer/contract of our Professional, Paul Carman.
“Paul is only the seventh professional in the club’s 121-year history, and he has served the club well for 25 years.
“He leaves with our gratitude. Discussions continue as to how we can best honour Paul’s service to the club.
“It is the board’s intention to offer the position to Alex Keighley. She would be one of very few female club professionals in British golf. A further update will be issued in due course’.
Paul Carmen when contacted said he wished to make no comment.
Members are said to be quite “taken aback” as he has been a good professional and always accomodating.
Alex Keighley, who also wished to make no comment on the situation that has arisen at the picturesque and challenging course, turned professional in 2003 after playing amateur golf for Great Britain and Ireland and also for England.
Her first major success when at Lightcliffe Golf Club came in 1998 when she won the Yorkshire Girls Schools title and was Yorkshire Junior champion.
In 1999 she was England Schools Champion and represented England Girls in the European Championships and in the Home internationals.
In 2000 she played for England U-21 Women and a year later was Yorkshire champion.
In 2003 she repeated that feat and also played for England and qualified for the Weetabix Women’s Open.
She turned professional after playing in the British Open and went on to the Ladies European Tour qualifying school to start her PGA qualifications.
She is also a coach of the Yorkshire Girls squad and England Girls Elite Birdie coach and fourth in the past year of merit for the WPGA.
Now fully qualified as a PGA professional, she teaches full time at Huddersfield Golf Club.