About Doug McClelland
Doug’s long and illustrious career in golf began in earnest at the age of 16. It took only three years for Doug to progress from a handicap of 4 to the ranks of a professional golfer. Doug enjoyed continued success throughout the 1970s finishing as runner up at the British Matchplay in 1972, going on to represent England that same year. He won the Dutch Open in 1973 earning an enormous £2,800. Luckily he didn’t let all that money go to his head. Instead, Doug went from strength to strength shooting a low score of the day at the British Open and playing in the World Open at Pinewood.
Doug gained representative honours for Great Britain as they took on and beat Japan in 1974. However, in 1977, after coming close in the Zambian and New Zealand Open, he was £153 short and one spot away from making the Ryder Cup team. Of course he offered to pay the difference himself, but unfortunately they didn’t bite.
In 1978 Doug joined Laleham as the club professional and went on to win the Southern Professional Championship at Eastbourne in 1981. In 1982 he also won the Sunningdale Foursomes playing alongside Neil Coles and pipping Carl Mason and John O’Leary to the post.
Away from the golf course he married an American and spent a lot of time in the States. Whilst there he discovered how successful the big discount stores could be. The Doug McClelland Golf Superstore dream was born, using the big discount stores in the US as a template for success. He allied these ideas with the fantastic customer service that has become synonymous with his golf store.
Doug’s now been at Silvermere for 32 years as it quickly became his flagship store and it continues to thrive to this day.
Well, the season has started the way the last one finished! Justin Rose has justified his world no.1 status with a terrific win at Torrey Pines, and Bryson DeChambeau demolished the field in the Emirates – both I feel could contend at Augusta?
It’s all eyes on the Masters contenders during the coming weeks. Tiger finished 10 under at Torrey Pines to move to no.12 in the world! What a story if he could pull off a Masters victory!
This could be one of the greatest Masters yet, with so many great players capable of winning it!
I feel experience of Augusta and the tricky greens are essential, bringing a lot of players into the mix. The one player sticking out to me is the vastly improved Adam Scott, he’s had a lot of putting troubles the last couple of seasons but if he can get some confidence on the slick Augusta greens I don’t think he’ll be far away. It will be very interesting to see how the Augusta committee view leaving the pin in for putting. Downhill putts at Augusta are one of the main challenges- back of 9 to the front- to name just one of them. It will be interesting to hear their view on it! Watch this space.
On another note, I’m organising a pair’s competition on June 25th here at SILVERMERE. Since I stopped playing 4 years ago due to arthritis I have lost touch with a number of friends… hopefully a lot of them will enter and we can have a bit of a reunion! The cost will be £65pp which includes breakfast and lunch, prize presentation with quality prizes plus a speech by Tony Gale, ex Premier League winner.
I will post an entry form on our website in the next few days- everyone welcome!
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