One of my first memories of golf was hearing my father, very early on a Saturday morning, outside my bedroom door.  It was around 3am when he would get up and head down to the Brighton Public Golf Course and put a ball in the ball race to get an early tee time.  One morning, I heard him again and jumped up and demanded that he take me.  I had no idea at the time where he was going or what he was going to do but no doubt I cried and screamed until he caved in.  I would ride on dad’s buggy every Saturday around the front nine, occasionally grabbing a stick from off the ground to copy the adults.  My mother would always be there to collect me after the ninth hole.  I was hooked.

AMATEUR CAREER

Member at Brighton Golf Club & Spring Valley Golf Club.

Brighton Golf Club – Junior Member Age 12 – 16

Spring Valley Golf Club – Member Age 12 – 27
Winner of 5 Club Championships & 2 Junior Championships

VGA Club Pennant Representative 12 years
VGA Division 1 Pennant Winners 1993 & 2000* (Captain)

Multiple Ivo Whitton Amateur Wins

PGA TRAINEESHIP

PGA Traineeship at Keysborough Golf Club at the age of 28.

  • Australian Order of Merit Winner 2004,
  • Australian Golf Digest Trainee Player of the Year 2004,
  • Victorian Trainee of the Year 2004,
  • Victorian Trainee Championship Winner 2003 & 2004,
  • A&L Windows Country Championship Winner 2003

Press leading up to 2004 National Trainee Championships (click to view)

FULL MEMBER PGA AUSTRALIA 2005+

Vic Trainee of the Year Award and Full Membership Frame

 

I played a few tournaments in the beginning of 2005, shooting a 60 to win the Safety Beach Pro Am.  A shoulder injury soon forced me to stop playing golf. I also won the 2010 Numurkah Pro Am

COACHING

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to visit Mr. Chuck Evans in Phoenix, Arizona at the beginning of 2006.  I was then fortunate enough to go back and spend more time with Mr Evans in Destin, Florida a month later.  Just visiting those two places was special enough but I was to learn, that it was who I was spending the time with, that was the turning point in my career.  I consider Mr Chuck Evans the most knowledgeable person I have ever met when it comes to golf and instruction.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

2008 PGA Srixon Coaching Summit

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Mr. Peter Cowen – Players include Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen & Padraig Harrington

Stan Utley – Short game guru to Sergio Garcia, Jay Haas, Jason Gore, Darren Clarke

Steve Bann – Players include Stuart Appleby, KJ Choi, Nick Flanagan

 

2012 PGA Srixon Coaching Summit

Michael Hebron – PGA of America Teacher of the Year 1991, Golf Magazine Top 50 Instructors List 1991–present, Head Instructor — PGA Teaching Workshops, Head Instructor — PGA Academy of Golf

Dr. Ric Charlesworth – High Performance Consultant, Played state Cricket for WA, Played and Coaches International Hockey for Australia.

Dr Dave Alred – Performance Under Pressure

Mark Sweeney – Aimpoint Green Reading Founder

Matt Frelich – Vice President, Sales and Business Development TRACKMAN

Dennis McDade – Australian PGA Coach of the Year 2012, Australian Golf Digest Coach of the Year 2008, Victorian PGA Coach of the Year 2001

FAMILY LIFE

I met my partner Lauren during the first year of my PGA Traineeship in 2002. We married in April 2006 and our beautiful daughter was born in February 2008 and son in January 2011.

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POSITIONS HELD

2006-2009
Lang Lang Golf Club

Teaching Professional & Club Manager

2009-2014
Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links
Teaching Professional

2014
Patterson River Golf Club
Head Teaching Professional

2014 – Present
Rossdale Golf Club
Director of Golf & Coaching

Coaching for me is rewarding.  Seeing a student learn about the golf swing, try something that feels awkward but then look up and see the ball do something they’d not achieved before and say “Wow, I’ve never done that before”.

I love it and will always strive to help others get as much enjoyment and rewarding experiences from the game of golf as I do.

I was very honoured to be named as a 2016 Australian Golf Digest Top 50 PGA Coach

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Live 2 Play Better Golf

David Williams