MEET THE PROS
Here at the Teaching Academy, we have 2 Advanced PGA Professionals, 2 PGA Professionals & 1 member of the Spanish PGA.
PGA Qualified AA Professional with Advanced Certificate in Golf coaching
England County Academy Coach
Hampshire County Academy Programme Development Coach
I first got into golf as a 15 year old when after finding out a bit more about the game from a couple of my friends who played, I found an old putter in the garage and snuck up to Ventnor Golf Club on to the 230 yard 5th Hole and tried hitting it off the tee! Didn’t have much success with this as you might imagine so I purchased a half set of clubs for £15 from the local paper. I also didn’t have much success with these at first, the first two irons I hit, broke in my hand as I hit right out of the hosel! I did not have a clue what I was doing at first until I got hold of a Jack Nicklaus learn to play golf book and took it from there. This should be a ringing endorsment for getting some lessons in straight away as you start the game because I really did not have a clue at first! I got the hang of it in eventually, mainly due to working hard at it and spending the summer holidays up at Ventnor Golf Club every day.
I have been a member of staff at Westridge since 2000 and qualified as a PGA Professional in 2010. During my time at the centre I have worked with and gained valuable coaching knowledge from numerous golf coaches, and I believe this has helped me to become a better golf coach. Now a class AA PGA professional with an Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching. I regularly participate in Tournaments around Hampshire, and I organise golf breaks around the country.
PGA Professional & Taylormade Master Fitter
Taylormade Master Fitter 2019/20, 2020/21 & 2021/2022
Westridge Junior Academy Coach & Schools Development Coach
I have been a member of staff at Westridge Golf Centre since 2008 and passed my UKCC Level one & two golf coaching qualifications. I passed as of August 2018 my PGA playing ability test and undergoing my 3-year degree to become a PGA Qualified Professional. On 3rd July, I received the positive news that I passed my degree and I am now a fully PGA Golf Professional, just waiting to get my membership to the PGA to be approved.
I regularly participate in events around Hampshire and the South Region in both professional only and pro-am events, with my first professional win coming in the first year of me turning professional (2019). So if you would like to enter a pro-am event with me and you have a team of three players, please feel free to come and have a chat with me about entering an event. They tend to run between May - September and a couple in Portugal in the winter months.
I have attended seminars from “Golf Channel’s - School of Golf host” Martin Hall and have developed my knowledge of the swing over the years from Trackman University & working alongside many professionals. I am a Custom Fit specialist with Taylormade & Titleist and have a large range of knowledge of every other brand we stock through working closely with the brand’s fittings technicians and attending Hardware Training meetings.
My aim is to introduce people of all ages to golf, which will enable the golfing population on the island to flourish in an enjoyable and constructive environment. My teaching philosophy is to get my pupils to get a better understanding of their swing, to be enable them to self correct when needed. I am able to adapt my teaching style, depending on the person and how they learn best and I always aim to get my pupils to have a basic understanding of their own individual swing thoughts and fundamentals to aid them in the future development of their skills.
Junior Academy Coach
Ben has recently joined the team at Westridge Golf Centre after doing his PGA training at Ifield Golf Club in Sussex where he has spent the last 4 years coaching and custom fitting golf equipment. Ben has a real passion for coaching and prides himself on being a short game specialist knowing its significance in reducing players’ handicaps and scores. Ben is a keen sportsman who has played semi-professional football, played cricket in the Sussex County Premier League.
PGA Advanced Professional
‘Right Sided Swing’ Accredited GEGAS Instructor
I have been a PGA Golf Professional for over 35 years. My career started off in Scotland and having qualified in 1985 I moved down south to further my career working at various prestigious clubs such as East Sussex National and Selsdon Park Hotel.
Although being an accredited GEGAS instructor, this only makes up a part of my teaching philosophy, passing my level 1 and 2 Trackman University qualifications allows me the ability to access the pupils ability both technically and practically.
PGA of Spain
Westridge Junior Academy Coach
I hail from Huelva in Spain, and first picked up a golf club at the age of 7 years old. I played the majority of my golf on my home course at the Bellavista Golf Club, and didn’t have far to travel as I lived between holes 7 and 16 on the golf course!
My parents signed me up as a member at the age of 10, and to begin with I was given a handicap of 48! By the age of 15 my handicap was down to 3 and I was playing many national competitions. It was at this point I realised I wanted to make golf my career. With this keen interest in the game, I went on to achieve a Masters degree in Management, Maintenance and Sustenance of golf courses.
At the age of 19, with my handicap down to 1, I turned Professional and then became a member of the Spanish PGA, gaining my Golf Instructor qualification through the Spanish PGA.
I went on to teach as a Professional at the main golf academy in Seville, which was a very busy centre and meant I coached 5 days a week from 10am in the morning through to 10pm each evening. During this time I built up 10 years of experience coaching the game.
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