Friday, January 15, 2010

PGA come down hard on two pros and their bosses

David Orr banned until July for not
spending enough time in East
Renfrewshire club shop

David Orr, the reigning Scottish PGA champion, has been banned from competing on the Tartan Tour until the start of July following a breach of the Professional Golfers’ Association’s regulations.
The East Renfrewshire pro is currently undergoing his PGA training programme but failed to fulfil the required number of shop-based hours during the year as set out in the association’s rules.
Trainee pros have to work 30 hours per week but Orr’s 18 to 20 hours fell short and has led to the Belfry-based PGA coming down hard on one of the Scottish game’s leading players. Orr’s manager at the East Renfrewshire club, head professional Stewart Russell, has also been handed a fine of £1,500.
Edinburgh-based Mark Kerr has also been banned until July 1 after he failed to meet the PGA criteria at Dalmahoy, whose head pro Alan Tait has been fined £1,500 and been advised to resign from the Tour’s committee.
+David Orr also works as a taxi driver in Glasgow to make enough money to support his family.



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