I was born in Falkirk, Scotland in 1966 and my sport was always snooker. Not good enough to turn professional when I left college with an HND in Mechanical Engineering, I went to work on a commission only basis, in direct sales, selling and training sales people.
I continued to play snooker semi-pro until moving to Mallorca in 1996 with my wife Linda and three children. We opened a bar/bookmakers in Santa Ponsa in 1997 and in the absence of any snooker on the island, I took to golf as a hobby. I quickly got the bug and within 7 years got down to scratch. With a passion for teaching dating back to my sales days, I turned Pro immediately when I gained my EGTF Diploma in September 2006 (aged 40) and started teaching friends and family at any golf course where I was able to pay and use the range.
Keen to increase my golf knowledge, I completed the three Golfsmith Clubmaker Training Courses in my first year as a Pro to become a GCA Master Craftsman, and then went on to do my EGTF Masters Course. I started to build a client base from the ex-pats in Mallorca from personal recommendations. In my first three years I logged over 1000 coaching hours from self generated clients without a driving range or golf course to be based at. I attended numerous CPD training days which I found to be excellent and very informative.
In 2009 I went to work with Stewart Craig in my home town Falkirk when the crisis hit Mallorca with a view to moving back home and working full time at Forthview Golf Range where I had done my EGTF courses. Before I could sell up here in Mallorca though, Golf Santa Ponsa got in touch and asked me to come and work with them as Professional at the private Santa Ponsa II and III where a lot of my clients were shareholders. I didn’t need to be asked twice!! I started on 31 March 2010 and have never been busier or happier.
With a golf course to work from and constant exposure to a membership, my lesson diary gets busier and busier. I continue to invest in my professional development and joined the Spanish PGA in 2010. In Nov. ´12 I became a Certified Master Mind Factor Coach and started my Aimpoint Cerftification training which was completed in Feb ´13. I quickly moved up the AimPoint ladder to become a Level III Senior Instructor and work with some of the world´s best players.
I turned 50 in January 2016 and decided it was time to start a new challenge and work my way on to the Senior European Tour. With a big thank you to my sponsor Frux Private Bank I have played a few events so far and I am improving as a player with every one. Currently working towards Senior Tour Q School in early 2019.