If there is any truth in that old, romantic notion that ‘travel broadens the mind’, then Edwinstowe’s David Morris wouldn’t be out of place at a MENSA meeting…
After becoming a professional golfer in his late twenties, he has turned his expertise towards teaching, a career which has taken him to five of the seven continents.
Once the assistant professional at Coxmoor Golf Club, he is now the Head PGA Golf Professional at Moscow Country Club, and David couldn’t be happier with where his wanderlust has taken him.
He said: “Moscow Country Club is head and shoulders above anywhere else I’ve taught. When I was interviewed for the position, I knew within 10 minutes that it was perfect for me.”
He started his working life as an engineer, and whilst waiting for a visa to enter Australia, he worked tirelessly on his game, and when he wasn’t in competition, you could guarantee he’d be honing his skills at the driving range.
“I set my stall out to play as often as possible,” he added. “Though I was still working at the time, I managed to get my handicap down to one”, David says.
“I spent 20 months in Australia, and feel that proving myself as a golfer there is one of my better career achievements”.
Indeed, David doesn’t quantify his success by prize money or silverware, but by ‘quality of life’. He spent six years working in Nantucket – a popular place for those who love their limericks – but saw little of the American town due to a hectic work schedule.
Putting in 12-hour shifts every day for three months, it was clear that David’s work-ethic in teaching matches those high standards of commitment he set early in his career.
However, Moscow offered him something a little more manageable, leaving him with only one challenge to overcome.
He said: “The only difficulty I’ve had teaching abroad is the language barrier, with Russian.
“But it’s a different style of teaching with sport; you’re able to show them what you can’t tell them. I find that non-verbal communication can make my lessons better,” he explains.
David competed with 170 other applicants for his current position, and his ability to resonate with his students without a shared language shows they appointed the right man.