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St Andrews Golf Academy - The Professionals

St Andrews Golf Academy - The Professionals

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Servicing & Operations Team

The team at Scotland for Golf has experience in Golf and Tourism within the UK and Scotland. PGA Professionals are supported by highly qualified, energetic and enthusiastic young personel. 

George Finlayson, Head Advanced PGA Professional & Marketing

George FinlaysonGeorge FinlaysonAfter attending George Watson's College in Edinburgh, George turned his attention to golf. Training was initially at the Royal Burgess in Edinburgh and was concluded at Dalmahoy Golf Club.

First full PGA appointment was at Elie and subsequent appointments were at Murrayshall and latterly at the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle as Director of Golf.

Scotland for Golf culminates all his experiences and clients are assured of an outstanding service from a company built around PGA Golf Professionals, a unique factor in golf tourism.

The main focus is delivering golf schools and playing with Scotland for Golf clients at the "Home of Golf". George is very much aware of the constant changes in the game. He is a PGA Coach Education Tutor, a Level 1 TPI Certified Instructor and a Level 3 Assessor in Sport.

 

Bill McColl, PGA Tour Professional (Ex European Tour)

Bill McCollBill McCollFormative years were spent in Dundee, Scotland. The pursuit of golfing excellence at a very young age led to a playing career in golf. A European Tour Cardholder for 14 years, he competed against the best players in the world, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam , Bernhard Langer, Tony Jacklin. Winner of the P.G.A. Club Professionals Championship 1991, Ivory Coast Open Champion 1984, competed in 7 Major Championships, winner of the Tooting Bec Cup for the lowest round by a British player in the Open Championship 1980, low rounds 62 Italian Open (1st round) Montichello, 63 T.P.C. Championship St. Mellion.

Billy has joined the team at Scotland for Golf to deliver a first class golf instruction and playing service with his exceptional skills at the "Home of Golf", St Andrews, Scotland. His interests outside golf are his kids, sea Fishing, cooking, bird watching and the outdoors. 

Andrew Bentley, PGA Professional & St Andrews Indoor Golf Centre Manager

Andrew Bentley, PGA ProfessionalAndrew BentleyHaving graduated from the University of St Andrews with a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology, Andrew worked in genetics at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge for 4 years before pursuing a career as a golf professional. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with an FdA in Golf Studies and has over 11 years of experience as a fully qualified PGA Professional.

Andrew has joined the team at the St Andrews Indoor Golf Centre as Centre Manager. He has a passion for coaching and helping others enjoy the game of golf. Through his individually tailored lessons you will be able to better understand your own golf swing to maximise your potential.

Management & Staff Team

Geraldine Chandler, Senior Management

Geraldine ChandlerGeraldine ChandlerEducated in Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating at University set on a career of self employment within the Sports Industry. Using skills in Finance, IT, Organisation and Design set up and managed a Fife based Golf & Sport complex and then expanded the retail arm to the high street developing a chain of specialist golf & sports retail units.

Golf with Tourism offered a new challenge and in 1999 co-founded Scotland for Golf. Partnering with a PGA Professional in St Andrews, developed a team of Golf Professionals and thereby offered the market something unique. The chance to entertain, holiday, learn to play or play with experienced Professionals at "The Home of Golf", St Andrews, Scotland.

The Golf Product success has grown annually with its best advert being its repeat client base. It has since been copied but never bettered. Geraldine remains Scotland for Golf's financial and Creative Director looking after its Corporate Clients and Large groups.

Scott Finlayson, General Manager & PGA Professional

Scott FinlaysonScott FinlaysonAfter attending Stewarts Melville College in Edinburgh, graduating from Edinburgh with BA Business & Economics in 2003, and a gap year around the world Scott turned his attention to turning Professional. He graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2008 with an FdA in Golf Studies.

At Scotland for Golf he heads up the sales team coordinating all the requests from overseas clients thinking about a vacation at the "Home of Golf", St Andrews or around UK and Ireland. With advanced IT Skills Scott is responsible for all new products available for on-line purchase through the e-commerce website.

During the summer months he supports the teaching and playing team and looks after his own talented young players.

Craig Burns, IT Business Analyst

Craig Burns | Scotland for GolfCraig BurnsCraig joined Scotland for Golf in March 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Web Design and Development.

He is responsible for all Media Marketing and Website Maintenance. He brings a new dimension to the company with his fresh approach and modern technological skills. His presence which will not only enhance the companies presence but online sales department.

Suzanne Napier, Admin & Accounts & Online Sales

Suzanne Napier | Scotland for GolfSuzanne NapierSuzanne joined Scotland for Golf in February 2016 from the St Andrews Hotel Du Vin where she headed Groups Sales and Events.

In her new position at Scotland for Golf she is responsible for all online sales and administration where she can use her previous skills to ensure your golf tour runs smoothly; from the booking stage, to the day of departure!

Sean Grant, Sales Assistant

Sean Grant | Scotland for GolfSean GrantSean joined Scotland for Golf in March 2016.

In the winter months he is responsible for our newly renovated Indoor Golf Centre in St Andrews; driving new sales and increasing membership(s), as well as managing and maintaining standards! In the summer month he assists the Scotland for Golf team to ensure the highest standards are being delivered to our important clients on tour. 

Shaun Clark, PGA Professional

Shaun Clark | Scotland for GolfShaun ClarkShaun's works as a consultant for Scotland for Golf in the New York area and throughout the USA.

He began his career at the Home of Golf, St Andrews turning Professional in 2009, having done his training at Elie Golf House Club. He has a passion for golf and as such, coordinates trips for potential, or referral US based clients.

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“Many thanks for the most comprehensive three days of golf tuition which I thoroughly enjoyed as well as the very pleasant company. Seriously I came back confident that I can now drive straighter, when I get the arms to bend properly... ”

- John Innes, Scotland

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