Sponsorship renewal for local golf pro

A Stowmarket golf pro is celebrating after teeing up a deal with a local business.

It’s the 10th successive year that the Stowmarket-based Volkswagen car retailer have given their support which will see local golf pro, Jon Markham continue to drive a Barnards branded Volkswagen in and around Stowmarket.

The sponsorship deal means the lucky golf pro gets a brand new car every six months to drive to and from competitions, with his current ride being a Volkswagen Golf 1.6 SE.

Jon, the head professional at Stowmarket Golf Club since June 2012, became a fully qualified PGA golf professional in 2005 enjoying success in Pro-Ams and winter alliances as well as reaching the final qualifying stage of The Open.

Speaking about the sponsorship deal Jon said: “I have been playing golf since I was 10 years old, so to have the backing of a respected local business is a dream come true.

“Attracting long-term corporate partners to this extent is a tricky task for all golf pros, so I am especially pleased to hear that my partnership with Barnards is set to continue.”

Gary Halestrap, Brand Manager at Barnards Volkswagen, said: “We’re pleased to offer our continued support to a local and very talented golfer and enjoy watching his pro career as it continues to develop.

“It’s always great to hear our customers comment on seeing Jon driving around Stowmarket in his customised Golf.”