Milner and Lallana move into golf management

Premier League footballers Adam Lallana and James Milner have turner their hand to golf management.

The pair have taken directors roles at Cheshire-based White Rose Sports Management Limited, who recently added British youngster Ben Schmidt to its roster.

The 18-year-old playing out of Rotherham Golf Club has just turned pro after a promising amateur career, which saw him peak at 6th in the world.

He recently teed it up as the youngest member of the Walker Cup team that lost to the US at Seminole, Florida.

Schmidt made his professional debut in the Challenge Tour’s Irish Challenge at Portmarnock, where he came in T12.

“We are very fortunate in the football environment,” Lallana told BBC Sport.

“Even when you have bad days on the pitch, you have team-mates who bail you out. Since joining White Rose and working with Ben and the other players you can see that everything is kind of put on them.”

“If we can take the pressure off them and work with them then hopefully we keep them focused on their job and just a little less responsibility for themselves.

“It’s a tough sport, it can be a lonely sport at times.”

Milner said: “You need something outside of football. Obviously the intensity and the pressure is pretty much non stop, so to be able to get away from it for a few hours and play some holes is good.

“It should be good to relieve the stress levels, it’s probably not, though, but that’s more down to my bad golf instead of anything else,” he conceded.

Lallana, who plays off 18, says he uses golf as a cathartic exercise to relive himself from the pressures of top-level football.

“I’ve got a lot more time on my hands at Brighton than I probably did at Liverpool for a couple of reasons – less games and the times of day that we train,” he said.

“So I often have time to go to the range in the afternoon or play a couple of rounds in the week. It does help release the stress and it’s a very good second sport to have.

“Of course there are frustrations because we play football at an elite level and when you can’t do something to how you want to do it, it gets frustrating.”

Lallana, a single figure player, said: “Obviously the intensity and the pressure is pretty much non stop, so to be able to get away from it for a few hours and play some holes is good.

“It should be good to relieve the stress levels, it’s probably not, though, but that’s more down to my bad golf instead of anything else,” he conceded.

“We follow our rounds on the app where we can see each others’ scores,” 35-year-old Milner revealed.

“We get notified when either of us is playing and I get notified a lot more that he’s playing than the other way round. He’s definitely got the bug!”

Schmdt joins a roster at White Rose that includes American Johannes Veerman, who will compete in his first major at next week’s U.S. Open; Spaniard Pep Angles who graduated to the European Tour via the Challenge Tour in 2016; Italy’s Stefano Mazzoli, a two-time winner on The Alps TOUR; and Liverpool-born PGA EuroPro Tour player, Oliver Clarke.

Trainer Dr Steve McGregor is available to clients, having worked with Rory McIlroy and an array of Premier League clubs.

 

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