North Shore golf pro marks 25th year

John Cornelius is pictured with some of the assistants he has had over the years. From left - John with Kurtis Balding, Nikki Chantry, John Strode and Robert Simpson. Photo supplied.
John Cornelius is pictured with some of the assistants he has had over the years. From left - John with Kurtis Balding, Nikki Chantry, John Strode and Robert Simpson. Photo supplied.

North Shore Golf Club’s golf professional is celebrating after racking up 25 years in the post.

John Cornelius celebrated his milestone with a golf day at the North Shore Golf Course in Skegness recently.

Not even the inclement weather could stop the enthusiasm and determination of the 124 competitors to make the occasion special.

John started at the North Shore as the professional in 1988 after moving from the Seacroft Golf Club.

Over the years as the game grew in popularity John, alongside being the pro, developed the residential ‘Links Golf School’ to teach and coach golfers from all over the country. This element has now grown and includes golf schools abroad.

Many of the North Shore assistant professionals came along on the day to roll back the years. Among them were Robert Simpson, Nikki Chantry, Kurtis Balding, John Strode and Pete Chamberlain.

Unfortunatly, one of John’s best known assistants and now the pro at St Mellion, Darren Gass, couldn’t make it but did send his congratulations.

Supporting John through his achievements are his wife Julie, son Jack and recently the newly-appointed head greenkeeper - eldest son Brett.

The competition on the day was won by the team of Kurtis Balding, Sam Patten, Ellis Balding and John’s youngest son Jack, who were winners by a margin with a Texas scramble round that included eight birdies on the back nine.

North Shore captain Gary Porter thanked John for his commitment and support over the years before John made the presentations and gave a speech about his 25 years at the course with a special thank you to Brian Kirk for organising the day.

The evening then feature a surprise for John in the guise of Jed Wilkinson doing one of his now famous celebration speeches!