SWTV speaks to the Swindon golf star ahead of this week's Ryder Cup
We grabbed a word with former PGA champion and two-time Ryder Cup winner David Howell today at Broome Manor Golf Club, where he was playing in the Barry Sandry Retirement Pro-Am to mark the final day of the club professional's 36-year tenure.
David spoke of the big part Sandry played in his career, especially as a junior learning the game, plus gave us his opinion & insight on next week's Ryder Cup clash between Europe and the USA.
David Howell Interview
Friday 21 September 2012
Barry Sandry Retires as Broome Manor Head Professional
A six-time winner of the Wiltshire Professional Golf Championships, Barry was born in Lostwithiel in Cornwall in 1947 and turned pro off 2 handicap aged just 17.
He played part-time on the professional tour and later won the Kent Assistance Championship and Kent Open Championship before becoming the first professional at North Wilts Golf Club in 1973.
He also later spent five years on the PGA Seniors tour finishing 10th and 23rd in 1997 and 1998, respectively.
He designed the extra holes at Broome Manor to turn it from 18 holes to 27 holes as well as the 25-bay driving range, while he also designed Entry Hill Golf Course in Bath and Highworth Community Golf Centre.
But Barry will leave a lasting legacy at Broome Manor for his work coaching aspiring golfers. After introducing a junior grading system he later started the Barry Sandry Premier Golf Academy and was instrumental in Broome Manor becoming a Golf Foundation Starter Centre.