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Former Chesterfield pro who coached Willett returns to county

(from left) European Tour Golfer Danny Willett with coach Graham Walker at The Oaks Golf Club near Bubwith. (Willett 01 MF)
(from left) European Tour Golfer Danny Willett with coach Graham Walker at The Oaks Golf Club near Bubwith. (Willett 01 MF)

A former Chesterfield Golf Club professional, who helped guide Danny Willett to the top of the sport, makes a return to the county this month.

Graham Walker, the England Golf national coach, is coning to the Performance Golf Academy Derby education and training programme on 21st April.

Walker, who has been acknowledged for his contribution to the progress of US Masters champion Willett, will work with the Derby students on the wedge play and pitching in the morning sessions.

The afternoon session will revisit short game and focus heavily on scoring skills.

Walker, who was named England Golf Coach of the Year last year, started his professional career in Derbyshire in 1975 when he became assistant professional to Douglas Poole at The Chesterfield Golf Club.

Since then he has worked at Lees Hall Golf, Hillsborough Golf Club and now runs the Walker’s Golf Academy at The Oaks Golf Club outside York.

He said: “I am looking forward to revisiting and working with the students on the Performance Golf Academy at Derby and helping them to develop their talent and skills.

“I will be putting the students through their paces during my visits and pushing them to look at different approaches and methods to help them progress. It will be a tough and challenging day for the students but I am sure they will all enjoy it and take a lot from our sessions”

Performance Golf Academy Derby programme director Nigel Furniss added:; “We are most grateful to Graham for finding time to spend with us. Sharing his knowledge and experiences will be valuable for the students and will help them with their skill development moving forwards. We are all really excited to have Graham visit the Academy, both students and coaches alike.”