Saturday, November 26, 2011


Aberdeen-born John Chillas has closed the European Senior Tour chapter in his pro golfing life. But he is not retiring to a cottage in the hills or even the south of France. Not by a long chalk.
Launching a new venture at Banknock, Central Scotland, today, he told ""
"Having recently retired from the European Senior Tour, I am about to embark on an exciting new golf instruction initiative.  
"The concept is ‘Golf Your Way’ which focuses on each individual’s own swing and building on these foundations.  I have been fortunate to play with some of the world's best golfers, watching and learning from their skills in all parts of the game.  
"This experience and many years coaching golfers from recreational players to internationalists has convinced me that the best way to improve is ‘Golf Your Way’.
"I am going to be based at Cloybank Estate Golf Academy, Banknock in Central Scotland. As well as a golf range, the facility has chipping and bunkers areas which have been built with three USGA-specification greens. A separate putting green has also been built to the same high standard."
Chillas, who turned pro in 1971 and had his 60th birthday last July 31, won the Scottish professional championship twice, amazingly the wins being 25 years apart. He was champion when the tournament was played at Haggs Castle GC in 1976 and again in 2001 when the championship had moved to Gleneagles.
He also won the 1998 Scottish PGA Order of Merit in 1998 and played for Great Britain and Ireland in five PGA Cup matches against the United States
Based at Glenbervie, John was the highly regarded Stirling University golf coach for more than 20 years and students such as Catriona (Lambert) Matthew and Maria Hjorth were among his pupils. Both have played the LPGA Tour for a number of years.
Catriona, of course, was a Curtis Cup player and two other Curtis Cup players who benefited from Chillas's coaching expertise were Alison (Davidson) Rose and Heather Stirling.
Chillas gave up his Glenbervie and Stirling University posts in 2001 when he qualified to play on the European Seniors Tour. He won three times in the over-50s circuit - the 2003 Travis Perkins Senior Masters, the 2004 Estoril Seniors Tour Championship, and the 2007 Scandinavian Seniors Open.
In all John won 1,106,425 Euros between 2001 and 2011 as a senior pro. His best season was 2004 when he won 218,262 Euros.
Based in Stirling John has been married since 1987 to Tricia Chillas, herself an accomplished golfer at club and county level in her day.

+Cloybank Estate is one of Scotland’s newer working estates, offering sport and leisure opportunities to individuals and groups.
The estate is situated in the heart of the Scottish countryside just off the M80 near Banknock. Cloybank Estate offers a range of activities such as clay pigeon and air rifle shooting, two fishing lochans stocked with hard fighting rainbow, brown and blue trout, an Archery range and, of course, a Golf Academy.
It is accessed from Junction 7 of the M80 (Glasgow – Stirling motorway). Leaving M80, turn right (all directions) A803 Kilsyth.  Travel 800 yards through two mini-roundabouts, then take next right – Braeface Road.  Cloybank is 400 yards on the left.



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