Ryder Cup hero Way takes over as course director at The Nevill

Ryder Cup hero Way takes over as course director at The Nevill
Paul Way at The Nevill Golf Club

He will sit on the club’s management board and be responsible for the golf course, its level of challenge, playability and condition, working closely with head greenkeeper Ian Marden and his team.

The 56-year-old former European Tour player, who attended Hugh Christie School in Tonbridge, became a member at The Nevill at the age of 12 in 1975.

He turned professional after playing for Great Britain & Ireland against the USA in the 1981 Walker Cup at Cypress Point.

Way went on to win the Dutch Open the following year, aged 19, and earned Ryder Cup selection in 1983 at Palm Beach, when he won three of his matches and halved another.

He took on the US once more in 1985, when Europe won at the Belfry – and again won three matches and halved another. He also won the PGA Championship at Wentworth that year.

Having moved back to the Tunbridge Wells area in 2012, Way started to play more regularly at The Nevill, and was impressed by the quality of the greens.

He said: “Having played some of the best – and worst – courses in the world, I have a keen interest in how a great golf course should look. The Nevill has great potential to become an outstanding golf course in the coming years.”

He has now started on a number of improvements to the James Braid-designed course, with input from his greens committee.

He was be assisted by leading agronomist Greg Evans and fellow honorary member Jamie Spence, a two-time European Tour winner.

The club is also looking to make further improvements this year and is set to appoint a new general manager in May.

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