Monday, March 17, 2008

Press Release

Kevin Hale (left) and Mike Kinloch, new recruits to the St Andrews Links Golf Academy coaching staff.

St Andrews Links Golf Academy

introduces two new coaches

St Andrews Links Golf Academy has strengthened its coaching team with the addition of two
new members of staff who have experience in some of the finest golfing destinations in the
St Andrews-born Mike Kinloch returns to his home town from the Dubai Creek Golf &
Yacht Club, while Kevin Hale makes the journey north from Ryder Cup venue The Belfry.
"I am thrilled to welcome two such experienced and knowledgeable people to St Andrews,"
said director of instruction Steve North.
"I am committed to bringing the best possible coaching to the Home of Golf, and in Mike and Kevin I have two more excellent members of the team who can improve the performance of golfers at all levels of the game."
Mike started his coaching career at The Duke’s Course and joined the PGA of Great Britain
and Ireland in 1999 after being named Scottish Trainee Professional of the Year. He was
appointed golf professional at the Sahara Golf & Country Club in Kuwait, helping to establish
a golf academy and overseeing the creation of the first junior development programme in the
country. His responsibilities included coaching the Kuwait national team.
"It is great to be back in St Andrews,"said Mike. ‘The improvement to the facilities here over
the last decade has been amazing and I am looking forward to assisting in the future
development of the academy."
Kevin spent seven years at The Belfry, which is home to the PGA National Golf Academy.
While still a junior golfer, Kevin won the Staffordshire county championship and he later
turned professional. His coaching expertise has enabled international players to achieve
greater levels of performance, and helped to strengthen the competitiveness of county
squads. Kevin also has experience of running corporate clinics.
"With its combination of leading edge technology and traditional teaching skills, the academy is already one of the finest in Europe," said Kevin. "I am delighted to make a contribution to its continuing success."
St Andrews Links general manager Alan McGregor commented: "St Andrews Links Golf
Academy offers the public technology and teaching skills usually only available to touring
professionals. Mike and Kevin will enhance the service we provide and I wish them both a
long and happy career at the Home of Golf."



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