GOLF pro Steph Hall is teeing off a new chapter in her career at the place where she first started out.
Steph takes up her position as teaching professional at Rother Valley Golf Club from March 1, many years after first picking up a club there as a child.
And the 25-year-old, whose own career was cut short by injury, is determined to help her own pupils overcome any bumps in the road to become the best players they can be.
“I started playing when I was seven with Jason Ripley, who is still at Rother Valley now,” says Steph.
“I played for Yorkshire and England after I had worked with Jason and got into the Yorkshire second team but I got injured and had to take a few months out. The risk of playing with an injured knee was too much so I decided to give something back.”
Steph decided to sign up to the PGA Foundation Degree and went into coaching. She has cut her coaching teeth at Tankersley Park Golf Club for the last two years, all the while trying to repeat the good practices and habits she saw first-hand from Jason, who is still turning out top quality young players at Rother Valley.
Steph's abilities, patience and attention to detail have been recognised by players she has worked with, including seven-handicapper Paul Crawley.
“She was able to pick up my swing fault effortlessly,” he said. “She has improved my confidence and I'm enjoying my game again.”
Added Steph: “I am the only female professional in South Yorkshire. I've experienced good coaching and want to repeat that in my coaching.” Her passion is not just teaching women, but all genders, ages and abilities.
“The satisfaction of seeing someone improve is what drives me to want to help golfers to achieve their goal.”
Stephanie is taking bookings from March 1 and can be contacted on 07958 140372 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and Facebook @stephsgolfacademy