Look around the offices of Lyle & Scott and you’ll see a diverse range of part time sportsmen and women. We thought you might like to meet some of them:
Introducing Ben Pritchard, one of Lyle & Scott’s golf sales managers and a former PGA professional. When he’s not in the office, it’s more than likely he’ll be found on the course (his favourite being St. Mellion in Cornwall). We caught up with Ben to chat about his love of golf:
How did you first get into golf?
I was a keen footballer up until I was 15 when I suffered from torn cartilage in my right knee. While I attended physiotherapy my Dad and brother headed to the local driving range. One week I decided to join them and see what all the fuss was about. That was it, I was hooked!
What keeps you coming back? Does golf still challenge you?
I am always learning that no two rounds are ever the same. It’s these small margins of success that drive me to compete. If I do play a bad hole, I always have the fact that there are other holes for me to play well on in the back of my mind. Golf will always challenge me. It’s a game that can’t be beaten, only played.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into golf?
Just go and have fun! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, golf can be hard enough without the stress of frustration.
Do you find it hard to make time for golf?
I’ll never find it hard to make time to play, especially during the summer with my closest friends. It’s a great social game. During the winter I prefer to visit my local driving range where I can hit balls under shelter and practise my technique for the season ahead.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The head pro at my first golf club, Tony Pennock (who I owe a lot for his tuition), once told me after a dramatic round of golf: “you don’t know what winning is if you don’t know what losing feels like”.