03:55AM, Saturday 26 January 2013
A passionate golf teacher who has helped thousands of people to play the sport is celebrating 50 years at the top of his game.
Mike Upcott has taught ambitious golfers at the Maidenhead Golf Centre since 1986 and has been a qualified member of the Professional Golfers Association since 1963.
"It is a very rewarding profession I am in," said the 66-year-old.
"What particularly pleases me is that so many people that were new to the game have gone on and become captains in private clubs around the area."
Mike, who lives in Littlewick Green, first started playing the game at the age of four after being inspired to get into the sport through his father Larry.
After leaving school at the age of 16, Edinburgh born Mike, was offered an apprenticeship to play golf.
He taught at various golf centres around the country before eventually taking over at the Braywick Road golf centre.
"I could see the potential of the site," said Mike who met his wife Rowena while teaching her to play golf.
"I thought this could be fantastic with the right facilities."
Mike also started giving private lessons at Oakley Court Hotel and helped the venue in Windsor Road build a nine-hole golf course.
He continued his links with the hotel after managing to gather investors to buy Maidenhead Golf Centre, where he has remained as manager.
The club, which teaches people of all abilities, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Oakley Court Hotel general manager, Richard Smith, thanked Mike for his help in developing the sport at the hotel and added he looked forward to carrying on working with him in the future.
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