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PGA qualification is a passport to wide-ranging opportunities in the golf industry, both here and overseas. Below are some past articles highlighting some of the careers carved out by PGA Professionals.

 

 

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After a spell working in his native Scotland Malcolm Isaacs crossed the North Sea to spread the golfing gospel in Norway.

He turned his back on university life for a career with The PGA and is currently reaping the rewards at Oppegård Golfklubb. Read about his story by clicking here.

 

Alan Purdie Web

Alan Purdie progressed from being an Asistant Professional at Helensburgh Golf Club through to being a General Manager at Oakdale Golf Club.

He now works as a Brand Director at Glenbrae Knitwear. Find out more about his story by clicking here.

 

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It’s a long way to go but for PGA pros with ambition and a passion to work overseas, the Far East can offer enticing career prospects.

Mark Henderson,(above right), who grew up a couple of drivers and six irons from Royal Troon, can pay testament to that as he settles into his latest role as the Chief Operating Officer for GOLFTEC in South East Asia. Click here to read Mark's story.

 

Pga Pro Simon Web

The hugely popular BMW PGA Championship is the flagship event on the Europen Tour and once again attracted some of the top household names in the world of golf.

Ryder Cup legend and PGA Professional Ian Poulter, Olympic Champion Justin Rose and Open Champion Henrik Stensen all competed at Wentworth.

There were a total of 13 PGA pros taking part and there were also many more offering free coaching advice and tips to the general public. Read more about our PGA pros at Wentworth - Click here

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A marketing job in a builders’ merchants in Liverpool isn’t the obvious start to a career in golf.

But it proved a catalyst for James Beesley who after a year shut away in a stuffy office was convinced there had to be more to his working life. Click here to read his story.

1404Shielsfinch

Coaching is a passion for many PGA pros and regular readers of golf magazines will see many coaches featured, sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Six new coaches have joined Golf Monthly in 2016 including YouTube sensations Rick Shiels and Peter Finch plus Dougie Bell, Alistair Davies, Peter Dawson and Ged Walters. Click here to read about their careers in golf.

 0206Michaelsweenie

Azerbaijan isn’t an obvious golfing destination but it’s literally a dreamland for Michael Sweenie.

The Scot has swapped Turnberry for a head PGA Professional role at Dreamland Golf Club in the capital of Baku. Click here to read his story.

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Dylan Ross (above) was just 22 when he decided to up sticks and move to Mexico to pursue a career as a teaching professional overseas.

Twenty years later, in the first of a two-part interview with The PGA, he explains his reasons for making the move, the challenges he has faced, and what he enjoys most about his role developing golf in the Americas. Read part one here and part two here.

 

1403Paulburley

He might be Hull born and bred but Paul Burley (above) currently Global Head of IMG’s Golf Course Management business, now has a slightly wider remit after also taking on the role as Head of IMG’s global golf course design business.

The Singapore-based 54 year old oversees IMG’s stable of managed courses across the world including new designs such as the soon to be officially opened Ba Na Hills Golf Club – a Luke Donald course in Vietnam. Read his story here.

 

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The Far East and China in particular offers an attractive career proposition to adventurous PGA pros willing to make a giant leap into a new culture and working environment.

Dave Tottman (above) has embraced the opportunity and established himself on the tropical island of Hainan where he has started his own business with his girlfriend Hayleigh Wigmore who is also a PGA pro. Read their story.

 

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Two PGA coaches have been handpicked by ex-US Open champion Michael Campbell (centre) to spearhead the new academy bearing his name.

Steve Palmer (left) and Dan Williams (right) have teamed up with Campbell in a joint initiative at Villa Padierna Golf Resort in Spain.

It signals another milestone for the pair who had already built up their own successful academy on the Costa del Sol at Los Arqueros Golf Club. Read their story here.

 

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A golfer who got hooked on the sport as an eight year old when he got his hands on a battered old seven iron is hoping to inspire similar passion in an exciting new development in West Africa.

Stephen Banks, (above right) with a successful career as a PGA Professional under his belt, is taking golf to the outskirts of the Nigerian city of Lagos with the development of a first-class facility. Read the article here.

 

 0901Nicolastroudnews

Being the golf professional who likes to say Yes has helped Gower’s Nicola Stroud become the first female winner of the Golf Development Wales PGA Professional of the Year Award.

She was presented with the Golf Union of Wales award by deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism Ken Skates AM in a glittering ceremony at Ryder Cup Venue Celtic Manor, an event sponsored by golf club membership finance company Future Financials. Read Nicola's story here.

 

0112Davidscott

David Scott has come a long way since he studied quantity surveying as a teenager. Now he is director of all he surveys at one of golf’s most prestigious hotels - the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews.

Scott's career has been on a roll since 1999 when he was appointed director of golf at nearby Kingsbarns. Here he developed not only  his management skills but a liking for working at the top end of the hospitality business. Read David's story here.

 

1803Geoff Dixon

There’s nothing quite like success on the international stage to ignite a nation’s interest in sport, as PGA Professional Geoff Dixon is aiming to prove in Norway.

In the UK young golfers dream of matching the feats of Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy, tennis players hope to one day follow in the footsteps of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and footballers try to emulate the skills of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale. Click here to read Geoff's story.

 

1212Adrienneengleman

An emphasis on making golf fun is reaping rewards for a resourceful PGA Professional who is inspiring golfers across three different counties.

Adrienne Engleman, who is attached to four clubs across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, is spreading her passion for the sport by blooding beginners out on the course. Click here to read Adrienne's story.

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