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 there is one certainty that came out of the Ryder Cup; Thomas Bjorn was a fantastic captain! His picks were criticised but they were way better than the USA and scored 7 points more than them which was the winning margin. He set the course up to suit the Europeans and did it ever?!
Nobody could have predicted the winning margin but with the crowd behind them and some inspirational play we won easily in the end, what a victory.
I think it will be different next time in America as they will cut back the rough and widen the fairways to accommodate the American bombers but we have nothing to fear it will be interesting to see the makeup of both teams as there are some emerging youngsters coming through on both sides of the Atlantic
No doubt our team will get team of the year on BBC Sports Personality of the Year and they deserve it.
Next big golfing event is the Masters and I can’t wait for another spectacular viewing of our great game.
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