EXPERIENCED Stuart Rank is the new professional at The Herefordshire.

Rank joins the 120-year-old Raven’s Causeway organisation as their director of golf today after moving from Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.

He is only the third professional to hold the Wormsley post in the past 50 years.

The 39-year-old is the former head of instruction at Stoke Park which is among only five clubs holding the coveted five red star rating for service.

While at Stoke Park, Rank developed his skills, expertise and reputation with Sir Matthew Pinsent becoming one of his students, and managing the club’s successful Youth Scholarship Programme since its inception, taking youngsters through to the England regional team and international levels.

With an emphasis on engaging and developing ties with club members at every level, Rank will be putting his teaching skills to good use at The Herefordshire – which prides itself on being a members’ club for golfers, run and owned by golfers.

A native of Easingwold in Yorkshire, Rank believes local ties are important and he lives with his wife Kate and two young children in Worcester.

“Stuart will be well placed to devote his skills to advance and develop the already busy programme and competition schedule at the club,” said a spokesman from The Herefordshire.

Rank is planning to use his coaching and management experience to move the club forward.