“Golf designer” is probably about the 4th incarnation of “David Jones the golfer”.
It all started in 1966 when his parents allowed him to forgo a place at university (studying architecture) to indulge his passion for golf. Playing off a modest 7 handicap, he took a job as a lowly assistant pro in Oxford, as the general ‘dogsbody’ to the members, working every hour just to get better and escape.
The ‘boy’ learned quickly. Within a couple of years was good enough to join the evolving European Tour where he spent six happy years – before reality kicked in. Marriage and two young sons led to new responsibilities which in turn led to the club pro’s job in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
A return to competitive play in the late 70s brought a fistful of titles including the British Club Pros, all the Irish majors and the first of his many international appearances. David rejoined the European Tour and thrived through the 80s with many fine performances, including thirty-one international course records.
In 1987 he was appointed as Irish National Coach, leaving the Tour to work with the likes of Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke in their formative years.
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