New PGA Fellow Anders Mankert, head professional at Leicestershire’s Cosby GC, has dedicated his award to the late Nick Melvin, who he describes as his “inspiration”. After studying at the University of Texas on a golf scholarship, Mankert decided to turn pro at his former home club Lutterworth, as an assistant to Melvin. Later, Mankert joined Melvin when he moved to become head professional at Kilworth Springs GC again as his assistant.
Mankert said, “Nick was a highly respected professional, a member of the PGA for 40 years. He was well known throughout the game of golf across the country. I never forget the inspiration, help and advice he gave to me over so many years we worked closely together, so it seemed highly appropriate to dedicate the award of my Fellowship to him.”
Mankert has also received warm congratulations from his Cosby club members, and he said he is grateful for their support as he tries to bring them a top professional service in every aspect of the game, continuing to follow the example set for him by Nick Melvin. Renowned for his coaching, Mankert draws students of golf from many parts of the country, who often travel long distances for his guidance with their game.
For more than 20 years he has built a big reputation for working with totally blind and visually handicapped golfers throughout the country. They come to Cosby to prepare for their national and international championships. Among them is leading British Blind Champion Billy Mcallister whose form and success in worldwide golf has blossomed under Mankert’s coaching expertise.