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Leighton Buzzard golfers have paid tribute to their assistant coach who has left the Plantation Road club after a five year stint.

South Africa-born Wayne Hugo, who worked at the world famous Gary Player Golf experience in Sun City before moving to the UK, is hoping his experience and golfing skills as a scratch golfer will secure him a new post in Scotland to where he and wife Fiona will be moving in early May for family reasons.

“It’s a great wrench leaving Leighton where I have made so many friends in a club which has the best team spirit I have experienced in my golfing career,” said Wayne, adding: “Leighton is a ‘must’ club to join for competitive or social golfers – the atmosphere is just fantastic.”

To mark his service and his move to the Edinburgh area, Wayne was presented with a crystal whisky decanter, glasses and tray as well as a bottle of his favourite malt by Club Captain Robbie John and President Brian Carter – and an England rugby shirt signed by Lions legend Sir Bill Beaumont who was a guest speaker at the Leighton club earlier this year.

Said skipper Robbie: Wayne has been a popular figure during his time here, involving himself fully in the life of the club, with many members benefitting from his coaching skills and his encouragement to make the most of their abilities.”

Head professional at the 600-stong Leighton club, formed 95 years ago, is Maurice Campbell, recognised at one of the best golf coaches in the region, and his PGA qualified deputy, Will Tebbs.

BON VOYAGE…Wayne Hugo (front centre) is presented with farewell gifts by President Brian Carter and Club Captain Robbie John, supported by club professional Maurice Campbell and club Members.