Second chance at golfing dream for Aylesbury Vale coach Terry

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Terry Bunyan feels like he’s been given a second chance at a career as a golfer as he sets his sights on joining the European Senior Tour next year.

Having spent 22 years as the pro at Aylesbury Vale Golf Club, coaching members there, Terry has never lost his competitive edge.

A golfer from a very young age, Terry’s ambitions have always been with a golf club in his hand.

And with his 50th birthday coming later this year, all of Terry’s efforts have been concentrating on getting himself ready for qualification school next January.

“This is like getting a second chance,” he said. “I’m too old to take on the youngsters!

“I’ve been a pro here since 1983, but everyone knows that in the last few years, I’ve been practicing for this. I turn 50 in October and I can qualify for the European Senior Tour. That has been my goal and aim for the last three years.

“I have always played golf competitively, and even though I coach, I’m a golfer. I want to play tournament golf.”

In the last few years, Terry has been playing on the Senior Golf Circuit, for players over 47.

There, he has enjoyed some success, but having watched the Seniors playing at Woburn in recent years, Terry believes he is more than capable enough to hold his own on the Tour.

He said: “I went to Woburn to watch the seniors, and not to be too harsh, I didn’t think too much of them.

“I knew I could beat some of them, and I have done in the past.

“In the last couple of year,s I’ve played on the Senior Golf Circuit, for players 47 and above. It’s like senior golf Division 2.

“I’ve had a bit of success with that, but it’s not a nondescript tour - there are some top players.

“For me, it’s such a great opportunity. It is something I have focussed on purely for a couple of years now.”

>> If you’re interested in sponsoring Terry ahead of his Senior European Tour qualification bid, contact Aylesbury Vale Golf Club on 01525 240196.