A FAMILIAR face at Llanymynech Golf Club has stood down after half a century at the cross-border course.

Andy Griffiths ended his 50-year tenure as club professional this week amid emotional farewells across social media as the course slowly reopens after Covid-19.

Andy, who spent his formative years playing with good friend and fellow club legend Ian Woosnam, has been a mainstay at the course since a child but will now be succeeded by Tom Farquharson, who has been assistant professional since 2015.

A club spokesman said: "Llanymynech Golf Club have this week said a sad goodbye to Andy as he retires from half a century in the role.

"Andy has been a hugely important part of the club, sharing his great expertise with members and visitors alike through lessons, friendly advice and his running of the pro shop.

"Andy has actually been a part of the club for more 60 years since he began playing there at just four years old.

"He spent his junior years playing alongside close friend and fellow club alumnus Ian Woosnam before going on to have his own distinguished playing career.

"Andy is a twice Welsh PGA Champion and has also won the Midland and Shropshire Opens.

"He has represented Wales three times in the International European Championships and played twice in The British Open.

"Everyone at Llanymynech Golf Club wishes Andy a very happy retirement with many heart-felt messages being shared on social media.

"He will remain an important member of the club but can now enjoy the spectacular course purely for pleasure.

"The club would like to extend Tom their best wishes and good luck in his new position."