PORTADOWN-BORN Chris Jelly proved a key player in the recent march to the Ulster Boys’ Amateur Championship prize by Dungannon’s Timothy Jordan.
Jelly has been the club professional at Dungannon for the past three years, having spent a few seasons as assistant at Banbridge following the completion of his university degree.
Jelly was full of praise for Jordan’s commitment to the game.
“Timmy and myself have been working really hard at his game since the beginning of the year,” said Jelly. “With all the hard practice Timmy has put in, I knew it was only a matter of time before he won a GUI Championship.
“I am extremely confident if his game continues to improve as much as it has done in 2012 it won’t be his last.
“It makes me very proud to work with the newly-crowned Ulster Boys champion.
“Timmy is also a great role model for all the junior golfers currently being coached by myself at Dungannon.
“They all look up to Timmy and wish to emulate his success in the coming years.
“I am excited for the future and feel this could be the start of things to come for Timmy, plus coaching and junior golf in general at Dungannon.”
Jelly qualified from Birmingham with a degree in Applied Golf Management Studies, having previously been a junior member at Portadown.
“I am delighted with how everything has gone and it is a real boost to see players develop and start to record strong results with my assistance,” said Jelly. “Timmy has been knocking on the door and it is rewarding working with a player with such potential.
“Other players such as Dwayne Mallon and Jack Madden should also start to post strong results.
“However, I get just as much satisfaction from helping the social golfer and that is all part of my role at Dungannon.”