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.
My Annual Charity Golf Day – Friday 19th October 2018
A great day was had by all at my annual golf day this year, raising money for the Variety Club Golf Society in memory of Tom Hilliard OBE, our chairman who sadly passed away in March.
We had an oversubscribed entry list which contributing to us raising over £33,000 for The Variety Club, enabling them to purchase a Sunshine Coach which was presented to Oaktree School on the day.
The weather was incredible; it was a glorious day which was followed by a very enjoyable evening with entertainment with a surprise guest – the president of the USA, Donald Trump.
Thank you to all my suppliers and friends who contributed to the day and made it a great success. Tom would have been really proud of the day. The event will go ahead next year on a Friday In October.
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