Stuart Clayton, Performance Director for Scottish Golf, is to leave his role and take up a new position with the renowned coach David Leadbetter.
The north-east of England native, who succeeded Steve Paulding in leading the governing body’s performance programmes, is to head up the training and certification programme for the David Leadbetter Golf Academies worldwide.
Before joining Scottish Golf in 2015, Clayton worked for five years at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, having previously held director of golf posts for Leadbetter at academies in Austria and South Korea.
“It is fantastic job that Stuart has been offered and he is going back into a company that he has been part of before,” said Eleanor Cannon, the Chair of Scottish Golf. “Stuart is highly respected and we thank him for all his endeavours.”
Clayton watched with pride last year as Connor Syme and Robert MacIntyre progressed through Scottish Golf’s performance programmes to represent GB&I in the Walker Cup, with Syme then joining another former amateur star Bradley Neil as full card holders on the European Tour this season.
With Liam Johnston winning the African Amateur 12 months ago and also going on to make a bright start in the pro ranks, Clayton built on the foundations left in place by Paulding.
The progress of a number of Scotland’s female amateur players has also pleased him, with Shannon McWilliam winning in South Africa at the weekend and among those chasing a Curtis Cup place later this year.
Clayton, whose move was being finalised before the appointment of new Scottish Golf CEO Andrew McKinlay, will leave his post towards the end of April. “We are going to work very closely with sportscotland to find a replacement for Stuart,” added Cannon.