A new director of coaching has been appointed by PGA Golf Management to head up the new golf academy at St Andrews Links Golf Practice Centre.
Steve North joins today (Mon) from the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Malaysia, one of the leading golf academies in Asia, where he held the post of director of instruction and worked closely with the world renowned golf instructor.
With a wealth of experience teaching golf at all levels of the game from tour professional to beginners, Steve will head up the new team of PGA professionals at the St Andrews Links Golf Academy which is scheduled to open next spring.
The Golf Practice Centre will shortly undergo a major redevelopment which will make it one of the foremost practice facilities in the UK. The redeveloped centre will feature a state of the art coaching facility, incorporating the latest video and digital analysis technology. An additional 14 indoor bays will also be built at the centre, taking the total number to 51.
Welcoming Steve’s appointment, Alan McGregor, general manager of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “We are absolutely delighted that PGA Management has brought on board someone of Steve’s calibre. I am sure he will have a major influence on the quality and breadth of golf tuition on offer at the new golf academy. This represents a major step forward for not only the Trust but for the people of St Andrews as the facility will be one of the best of its kind in the UK.”
Keith Haslam, operations director at PGA Management, said, “We required a PGA member who could develop the business and deliver a world class quality of coaching, in line with the aspirations and standards of the Links Trust. In Steve we have found a highly skilled and dynamic golf professional who will ensure St Andrews is at the forefront of instruction for years to come.”
Born in Skegness, Steve turned professional at the age of 17 and held posts at Seacroft Golf Club in Lincolnshire and Royal Jersey Golf Club before joining the Leadbetter Academy in Malaysia. As David Leadbetter’s foremost instructor in Asia he has conducted clinics all across the continent. He has worked with Asian tour and LPGA professionals and has written tuition features for the Par Golf Magazine in Asia and the Malaysian Golf Association.
The practice centre extension and golf academy is due to be completed next spring. Steve will be available to give lessons from today (Sep 19).
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