World of Golf Master Pro teaches 50,000th lesson

A World of Golf Masters Professional and Advanced Fellow of the PGA has completed his 50,000 golf lesson

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John Woodroffe (r) with Callum Elliott ahead of his 50,000th golf lesson

A World of Golf Masters Professional and Advanced Fellow of the PGA has completed his 50,000 golf lesson

A World of Golf Masters Professional and Advanced Fellow of the PGA has completed his 50,000 golf lesson.

Jon Woodroffe, who started coaching 33 years ago, hit the milestone after teaching 16-year-old Callum Elliott at World of Golf's new Performance Centre in New Malden, south-west London.

He was also greeted by 61-year-old Bob Dove - his first student in 1981 - to mark the occasion.

Woodroffe, who specialises in coaching beginners, has introduced 20,000 newcomers to the sport in his 33-year instructing career and won a Golf Foundation award for teaching disabled children.

"My aim from day one has always been to introduce more people like Callum and Bob to the game of golf and make the sport enjoyable for players of all ages," he said.

"To make it to 50,000 lessons means a lot to me and I'd like to thank every golfer who's helped develop my coaching style since I first started back in 1981."

Woodroffe - a recent winner of the PGA Coach of the Year for the South of England award - heads up the Golf Development program for juniors at World of Golf.

"World of Golf is privileged to have someone of Jon's expertise within its ranks, particularly when it comes to teaching young beginners and attracting more people to the sport," said CEO Grant Wright.

Indeed, only 1% of British PGA Professionals reach Advanced Fellow of the PGA status.

"We'd like to congratulate him on his 50,000th lesson - a fantastic achievement," he added.

Woodroffe forms part of a nine-strong team of PGA Professionals at World of Golf, which features the most advanced golf teaching facility in the UK.

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