MEET THE PROS
Here at the Teaching Academy we have 2 full time PGA Professionals & 1 PGA Assistant Professional.
PGA Qualified AA Professional
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 I am working hard to become an Advanced PGA Professional. I regularly participate in Tournaments around Hampshire, and I organise golf breaks around the country.
PGA Assistant Professional & Titleist Custom Fitting Professional
Westridge Junior Academy Coach
Schools Development Coach
I have been a member of staff at Westridge Golf Centre since 2007 and passed my UKCC Level one in 2009. I have as of August 2018 passed my PGA playing ability test and about to undergo my 3-year degree to become a PGA Qualified Professional. During my time at Westridge, I always strive to encourage my pupils to achieve their full potential. I have as of August 2018 passed my PGA playing ability
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 Titleist and have a large range of knowledge of every other brand we stock through working closely and attending Hardware Training meetings.
My aim is to introduce children of all ages into golf, which will enable the junior golf 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 also aim to get my pupils to have a basic understanding of their own individual swing thoughts and fundamentals to develop their skills.
PGA Qualified Professional
I started working at Westridge in September 2017, and have been in the golfing trade industry since 2008. Having worked on the Island for 7 years, and becoming a fully qualified member of the PGA in 2015, I decided to take on a position at Hindhead Golf Club. Working for a great role model in Ian Benson, I learned how a PGA Professional handles themselves on a daily basis, and this has made me a better Professional from the two years I spent there. I have a good playing pedigree having won 4 times as a PGA Professional and hope to improve on this figure in the future!
Before turning Professional I won the Island Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships, as well as all the other top tournaments on the Island golfing calendar. I decided to join Westridge Golf Centre because of the great facilities which are on offer and to further my development as a PGA Professional. I look forward to providing the customers with a first class service in the shop and hope to help improve their enjoyment of the game through lessons and games of golf on the course.
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