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New teaching professional at St Andrews Academy

5.10am 15th February 2011 - People - This story was updated on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

David Watt

David Watt has joined the team of teaching professionals at St Andrews Links Golf Academy.

David (31) joins the four-strong team at the Home of Golf after four years as the Head Professional at Hilton Park Golf Club, on the outskirts of Glasgow, where he built up a successful teaching business with an extensive client base comprising beginners, club golfers, elite amateurs and professionals.

Prior to this David was based at Kings Acre Golf Academy in Edinburgh where he began his teaching career. During his time there he had the opportunity to assist renowned coach Claude Harmon III, organise and conduct corporate clinics and develop a successful junior programme.

David qualified from the PGA training programme in 2007 as the Scottish Assistant of the Year and was among the top 12 graduates, gaining a Titleist / FootJoy scholarship for outstanding achievement. Currently he is the only professional in Scotland to hold Level 2 Titleist Performance Institute Golf Professional certification and next month expects to become one of only a handful of instructors in the UK to achieve Level 3 certification.

David has good local knowledge of the Links courses at St Andrews having spent four years on an R&A scholarship while studying at Dundee University.

Steve North, director of instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy, said, “David is passionate about providing a truly thorough approach to golf instruction; by combining traditional and modern teaching philosophies with physical screening and the latest technology he can help his pupils to accomplish their most efficient and successful golf.”

St Andrews Links Golf Academy is one of the leading facilities of its kind in Europe combining expert teaching and custom fitting support with the latest technology in its state of the art swing analysis studios.

A series of lessons and programmes covering all aspects of the game are available at the Golf Academy, which overlooks the world famous Old Course, including Prepare to Play Links Golf and eCoaching where golfers can receive lessons anywhere in the world. For information on booking coaching or custom fit sessions please visit the Golf Academy section of

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