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Hanna just third Irishman to land PGA's top post

Lurgan Golf Club professional Peter Hanna has been named PGA Captain.
Lurgan Golf Club professional Peter Hanna has been named PGA Captain.

By Robert Jones

Peter Hanna (Lurgan Golf Club) is determined to promote the virtues of good, honest, hard work as he takes over the PGA Captaincy.

The Northern Ireland golfer succeeds Royal Liverpool's John Heggarty as the Association's new captain and will take up the ambassadorial role from 2019 until 2021.

Hanna moved back to his childhood club Lurgan in 2010 having previously been the longstanding pro at Fortwilliam Golf Club for almost 25 years.

"There's no other way around it. If you want to do well, in any walk of life, you have to put the hours in," said Hanna.

"I have worked hard to make a living and I'm still going to be opening up the shop at 6.30am for the members at Lurgan.

"When Sandy Jones rang me to offer me the position it was a major shock. In fact, when I saw his number come up on my phone I immediately thought, 'what have I done wrong now?'"

His elevation to the PGA Captaincy lifts him into exalted company alongside Fred Daly (47/48) and Ernie Jones (91/93) as only the third Irishman to take on the post.

"I'd love to see a bit more recognition of the role, especially here in Ireland," added Hanna (60). "It's a great honour for the entire region."

Born and raised in Lurgan, his father was a talented golfer whose three sons - Roy, Peter and Kenneth - soon took up the game.

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