Kirkcaldy Golf Club has appointed a new professional.
Brendan McDermott, from County Donegal in Ireland, is a PGA qualified coach, a certifed golf psychology coach and the owner of The Golf Academy.
He has also worked as the Srixon Custom Fit Expert for Ireland and is a PGA Assessor for Equipment Technology and Custom Fit.
Brendan has over 20 years experience as a player, instructor and business manager at resorts and clubs such as Mount Juliet, Dundrun House Hotel, Waterford Golf Club, Lavender Park Golf Centre (Ascot) and Rathdowney Golf Club.
“My role is membership integration,” Brendan explained, “and to make sure the members are looked after, that we’re meeting their expectations, and that visitors are made to feel welcome.
“We’re going to be putting a lot of emphasis on junior golf here at Kirkcaldy, we’ve recently signed a sponsorship with Nando’s, and we’re hoping to have a Kirkcaldy inter-schools competition at the golf club in October.
“We’ll be running junior camps through the summer - with free coaching included if the juniors join - and over the next few months we will be establishing an introductory ‘get to golf’ programme for ladies.
“We’re also expecting to have a Scottish Junior Pro-Am at the club in two years time.”
Brendan might never have played the sport had it not been for suffering a dislocated shoulder in a biking accident aged 16.
“I was advised to pick up a sport with rotational movement to help with recovery,” he said. “Before that I’d played soccer so I started playing golf and reduced my handicap from 15 to scratch in 18 months.
“Being on the course every day helped - in the summer time when I finished my job I’d go straight to the golf course afterwards. On Sundays I would spend all day there.
“The guys I played with were a lot older than me - in their 50s and 60s and all playing single figures - so I learned more from them than I would have someone my own age.
“I was also hitting 5000 balls a day on the range. Practice is everything - there’s no point in getting a lesson if you don’t follow it up. Put the effort into golf, and you get it back out.”
Brendan, a former player on the Euro Pro Tour, also plans to represent Kirkcaldy Golf Club in regional tournaments.
His best round of golf was a 10 under par 59 at Greencastle Golf Club in 2005, while he previously worked under Rory McIlroy’s coach, Michael Bannon, regarded as one of the best tutors in coaching.
“I played on the Euro Pro Tour in 2005 and 2008 but it became too expensive, especially when travelling from Ireland,” he said.
Brendan can be contacted at the pro shop for golf club repairs, lessons and flight-scope club fitting on (01592) 205240 or visit the Kirkcaldy Golf Club Pro-Shop Facebook page.