Pro Shop Staff

Meet the team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Professional

Danny Vera

Danny started playing Golf with friends when he was 15 years old. Once he took it up he quickly got the bug and was off scratch and club champion At St Michaels within 3 years. He later moved to The Lakes golf club where he added another two Championships and would later go on to represent NSW for the following 5 years at both Junior and Senior Level. The progression into Professional ranks followed with mixed results and although it was thoroughly enjoyed he would ultimately step away from the tour.

Playing on the Japanese tour in 2006 was a highlight and a great time as a golf professional.

Danny completed his apprenticeship at Terrey Hills CC where he was voted Australian Golf Digest and NSW Trainee of the year on two occasions.
Over the years Danny’s Coaching has evolved and although he loves nothing better than to study and Video many swings he feels that the majority of members he helps love the Simpleness and basic approach to their techniques.

Danny also feels that his past playing experience and mental approach to playing is where members and guests would get his real value. This is why he loves nothing better than the variety of shots that playing lessons can give the students.

The Juniors at The Golf club have been a real passion of Danny’s and he has had some great success starting the MyGOLF clinics where many of the kids are now off single figures and have gone on to represent the club at various levels
Danny would love to help you develop your golf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PGA Coach

Billy Watson

Starting the game of golf at the age of 10, I instantly fell in love with the process of wanting nothing more than to get better. Playing all my golf to date at Long Reef Golf Club I represented the club in all forms of competition pennants from Encourage Shield all the way to playing number 1 in Major Pennants. At the age of 17, I represented NSW in the Australian Interstate Series and have had numerous junior wins and already a couple of wins as a PGA professional.

Currently in my 2nd year of a PGA Professional Traineeship, I still enjoy the process of wanting nothing more than getting better as a player; however my passion for coaching has developed strongly and is something I will pursue full time after my final year of the traineeship.

In my short time as a golf coach, I have specialised in junior golf coaching, creating the Junior Elite Program at Long Reef Golf Club, have coached juniors to over 50 wins in various tournaments nationally, and am the coach of the current U14 Australian Boys Amateur Champion.

Being a big believer in the process of getting better and gaining as much knowledge as possible, I invested heavily into Trackman Technology to further enhance my ability as a golf coach. In addition being TPI level 1 certified allows me to understand that there is an efficient way for every individual to swing the golf club, based on their individual physical limitations. Having this knowledge allows me to help you the best way possible physically, so you can play your best golf and prolong your time as a golfer, free from injury.

Having spent time with some of the best coaches nationally, experiencing amateur golf at the highest level this country has to offer, I feel I am very experienced when dealing with amateur golfers to help relate to them and help them push down barriers for them to achieve their individual goals on the golf course. My ultimate goal as a coach is simply to make you better and help you achieve what you believed wasn’t possible.

 

 

 

 

PGA Coach

James Sampson

James began his golfing career at Eastlake Golf Club where he represented the club in junior pennants for 3 years before moving over to The Australian Golf Club in 2006 under their Foundation program as a rising talent. James represented the club in various forms of pennant over his amateur career (Eric Apperly and Major) and still maintains his membership there annually.

After running his own business for a number of years on the trades and services industry, he decided to make a career change and take up golf full time. In 2017 James began his traineeship at Northbridge Golf Club where he remained until September 2018. At this time, James made the transition to Long Reef Golf Club. James offers a wide range of club fitting/repair techniques to the proshop and takes a keen interest in the manufacturing and production of golf clubs.

With regards to coaching, James likes to focus on the short game (0-100m) as one of the key aspects of coaching and believes that getting the basics close to the green right will give a great foundation with which the golf swing can evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PGA Coach

Laura McCahon

Laura McCahon, graduated as a Full PGA Member, 1st January 2019. Although, not long as PGA Member, her teaching career stems back as far as 2010, when she obtained a Level 1 Golf Australia Coaching Accreditation.
Her love and passion for personal development stems far away just from “Golf”. She believes in a healthy body and mind and wants the best for your golf game on and off the course, so you can enjoy for many years to come.

She has experience across all abilities, being selected as the Assistant Coach for the QLD Special Olympic Golf Team for the 2014 Special Olympic National Games, Manager of the QLD Junior Girls State Team in 2018 and Sub Junior Co Ordinator of the Redcliffe Golf Club for 6 years.

Laura has been playing golf for nearly 20 years, playing and travelling a lot of State and National Events. Her passion for teaching grew at a young age, but still loves to play Competitive Golf, although, she could practice a little more!

A TPI qualified instructor, Laura understands how the body moves and functions in the golf swing. Have you had lessons before, but things weren’t simply working or improving for you? Maybe your body is limiting your ability to change or move a certain way. Let me help you understand WHY and how we can improve or work around these limitations.

If you have never played golf before, taking it up after a break, need to sharpen up your skills or simply fell out of love for the game, contact Laura and let her help you learn to love the game again!