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Members of Leighton Buzzard golf club have paid tribute to Maurice Campbell who flies back to his native New Zealand later this week after 22 years as PGA golf professional at the Plantation Road club.
Recognised as one of the top award-winning professional coaches in the region, Maurice has taken up a new post with a three  centre coaching centres in Auckland, flying out from Heathrow on Friday for the 25,000 mile journey to his homeland..
Club members and officials paid tribute to the “massive contribution” Maurice has made in improving golf standards and encouraging the development of young players, with Club Captain Tim Mitchell describing the Kiwi as a “great coach” and wishing him well in his “new venture.”
Club colleagues have also made donations to enable his three-year-old pet Golden Retriever Cindy to join him in Auckland once quaranteen requirements have been met.  Maurice, who thanked members for their support and friendship over the years, hopes to be reunited with Cindy in about two months.
“I couldn’t have joined a better club, and have enjoyed every minute of my time here” said Maurice, adding: “Leighton Buzzard will always be in my heart.”
Succeeding Maurice as Head Professional at Leighton is Kevin Evans, who after 27 years in the industry,  has been recruited from the Stevenage Golf and Conference centre where he is Head coaching professional.