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Rising PGA Coaching Stars Honoured

7.17am 25th April 2013 - People

(left to right) Lee Marshall, Louise Davis, Steve Gould, Jack Cole, Chris Murtagh, Sarah Walton and Alex Nicholson (courtesy of Dave Warren)
(left to right) Lee Marshall, Louise Davis, Steve Gould, Jack Cole, Chris Murtagh, Sarah Walton and Alex Nicholson (courtesy of Dave Warren)

Five aspiring PGA coaches are celebrating after being recognised for their abilities by PGA Official Supplier GASP Systems.

For the fifth successive year the leading swing analysis software company, founded by PGA Fellow Professional Steve Gould, acknowledged the achievements of the leading assistants in their coaching exams with £8,000 of prizes.

Jack Cole, based at Regiment Way Golf Club in Essex, was the top achiever in the third year. He secured GASP Lab studio software worth £2,999.

Orbis Golf Ltd’s Chris Murtagh, who was third in the Titleist PGA Assistant of the Year award, went one better as he picked finished second. He received GASP lab video software worth £2,000. Lee Marshall (Thornbury) and Sarah Walton, second and first respectively in the Assistant of the Year awards, were joint third.

Alex Nicholson, of Tracy Park Golf & Country Club in Bristol, was top of Year Two with Louise Davis, winner of the Rookie of the Year award, also top of the Year One for coaching.

Gould, who congratulated the winners at the PGA’s annual graduation ceremony at the University of Birmingham, was delighted to support the awards which recognised coaching excellence.

“I have a strong interest in coaching and the opportunity to recognise these aspiring professionals is something I wanted to continue to support,” he said.

“They are all in the early stages of their careers and I’m aware that they probably could not afford this equipment, so I hope this will help give them a step up.”

PGA Professionals hone their coaching and teaching skills during the three year PGA foundation degree where they study the swing, sports science and bio mechanics and also learn how to utilise state-of-the-art technology such as GASP systems to gain greater understanding of the swing.

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