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England (Midlands) Region

Walker set to visit Derby academy

18 Apr 16

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England National Coach Graham Walker will be making a return visit to the Performance Golf Academy Derby education and player training programme on April 21.  

The 57 year old has been acknowledged as being a driving force in the development of US Masters’ champion Danny Willett, in particular his short game.

Walker will follow up the visit he made in February, where he focused on and around the green, to work with the students on the wedge play and pitching in the morning sessions. The afternoon session will revisit short game and focus heavily on scoring skills.

The York-based PGA pro has a unique ability to connect with and inspire every level of golfer, which has brought him to the highest level of his profession and in 2015 he was named England Golf Coach of the Year.

His professional career began in Derbyshire back in 1975 when he became assistant professional to Douglas Poole at The Chesterfield Golf Club.

Since then he has worked at Lees Hall Golf, Hillsborough Golf Club and now runs the successful Walker’s Golf Academy at The Oaks Golf Club outside York.

Walker and his many pupils have enjoyed huge success at The Oaks and in some ways he has come full circle, helping members to enjoy their golf at a better level but still doing what he enjoys the most - developing players of the future.

His specialities are putting, short game and wedge play.

“I am looking forward to revisiting and working with the students on the Performance Golf Academy at Derby and helping them to develop their talent and skills,” said Walker.

“I will be putting the students through their paces during my visits and pushing them to look at different approaches and methods to help them progress. It will be a tough and challenging day for the students but I am sure they will all enjoy it and take a lot from our sessions”

Performance Golf Academy Derby programme director Nigel Furniss added: “Graham sharing his knowledge and experiences will be invaluable for the students and will help them with their skill development moving forwards.

"We are all really excited to have Graham visit the Academy, both students and coaches alike.”

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