Treleaven relishing Hampshire PGA captaincy

Mark Treleaven. Picture: Rob Atkins
Mark Treleaven. Picture: Rob Atkins
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Mark Treleaven insists the honour of the Hampshire PGA captaincy will not affect his club duties.

The Hayling professional succeeded former Ryder Cup star Steve Richardson at the recent ceremony to lead the Hampshire PGA in 2013.

While it means Treleaven will attend every pro-am in the county this year, he admitted it was a role he never thought he would fulfil.

Treleaven said: ‘I’m really looking forward to it and I’m proud to do it.

‘It’s something I never thought I would do. I never thought it was really my thing.

‘I like playing competitively, but if I don’t have a good round, I don’t like to hang around after I’ve played.

‘If you have a bad day at work, you just go home.

‘But I will play more this year.

‘I’ve got to attend pretty much every single pro-am in Hampshire to do the speech and presentation. But it won’t affect my club duties.’

Ampfield’s Jon Barnes has been named as vice-captain and while it is predominantly an ambassadorial role, Treleaven will be involved in Hampshire PGA decisions.

He said: ‘We decide on policies on how the Hampshire PGA goes forward at committee meetings and I’m part of that.’

Richardson struggled with the traditional captain’s drive with a hickory shafted club last year, but Treleaven excelled.

He smiled: ‘I hit a cracking drive – I hit it nearly as far as I did with my proper clubs.

‘I’ve never done it before. It felt quite good – I might have to start stocking them in the pro shop!’

Meanwhile, Hayling have added Mark Thistleton to their staff to use his expertise in club-fitting.

Treleaven said: ‘Mark Thistleton is one of the best club-fitters in the country.

‘He works for TaylorMade with many of the players on the European Tour so he knows his stuff.

‘People are getting the best of the best.’

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– STEVE WILSON