Developing the Players of Tomorrow – A.S.K. Workshops

July 26 - July 26. 2016

Event List

‘Developing the Players of Tomorrow – A.S.K. Workshops’ will see a series of expert PGA Professionals come together in an ideas-led forum where each will have 20 minutes to share a story, broaden your horizons, and pass on their thoughts about golf coaching, development and the sport in general.

In the first of the live A.S.K. Workshops some of the most thought-provoking PGA Professionals in Europe will have their chance to share their ideas and help generate discussion with the audience.

You can be there for this day of 10 presentations, Q&A sessions and networking opportunities on 26th July at the Abacus Hotel just 15 minutes from central Budapest in Hungary.

Registration fees are €99 and include:

  • Access to full ‘Developing the Players of Tomorrow: A.S.K. Workshops’ Content with over 10 presentations and opportunities to interact with speakers.
  • 2 x Coffee Breaks during Day
  • 1 x Buffet Lunch

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Hotel Abacus, Budapest

The newest business and wellness hotel of Central-Hungary is located in the western gate of Pest County, 15 minutes drive from Budapest, in the village of Herceghalom. Hotel Abacus is a public space of business and cultural life, due to its inspiring atmosphere, innovative environment, cutting-edge conference facilities, unique event capacity and newly defined gastronomic philosophy.

The four-star intelligent Hotel offers 128 rooms and suites, and highly acknowledged master chefs await the guests in its first-class restaurant. Abacus Spa wellness-world provide luxurious environment for relaxing and re-energizing. The independent, 17 hectare Abacus Event Centre that offers unique event- and activity areas is also connected to the Hotel.


The Registration fee DOES NOT include accommodation and the booking and payment of accommodation is at the responsibility of each attending delegate direct with the hotel. The host venue, Abacus Hotel Budapest, have however provided a special rate starting from €82 per room for single, or €91 for double occupancy, per night for those delegates wishing to stay overnight.

Details of pricing can be found at and you can book by contacting Barbara Czinke ( and stating that you are attending the 'Confederation of Professional Golf meeting' on the 26th July in association with the European Team Shield requesting the special rates.

Hotel Abacus, Budapest ABACUS Business & Wellness **** H - 2053 Herceghalom, Gesztenyés út 3., Hungary

T: +36-23/532-360 E:
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(Nearest Airport: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)

Transfers are not included so delegates will need to make their own way to and from the venue.


ABACUS Business & Wellness ****
H - 2053 Herceghalom, Gesztenyés út 3., Hungary

T: +36-23/532-360

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Inaugural A.S.K. Workshops Raises Bar for CPD Events

2016 A.S.K. Workshops - Introduction

‘Coaching Masterminds’ Brought Together for 2015 Coaches Circle

Craig Thomas

Craig Thomas is a young PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Fellow Professional who has held a number of roles within golf. In 2009 he became a full time coach and specialised in coaching golfers with disabilities. This lead to him achieving a number of National Awards one being Midlands PGA of GB&I Professional of the year and a number of award nominations.

Craig has coached a number of European and World Disabled Champions. This has has helped him to become globally recognised in this field and given him the opportunity to help train his fellow Professionals through the PGA Inclusive Golf Coaching workshops. Craig volunteers for the European Disabled Golf Association and its Sports Committee is also a PGA Level 1 and 2 Tutor and Assessor.

Dan Killen

Firstly it is a pleasure to be presenting along side such colleagues within the industry that have all had such a positive impact on developing the game we all love. I am lucky enough to say that I would not be where I am in my life without being introduced to golf; this is one of the main driving forces for me within my role in developing the game.

My father introduced me to golf at the age of 10, something looking back now I wish had happened earlier. Golf has always been my main passion in life from an early age. SNAG was introduced to me 6 years ago, after using the product and helping to introduce children and beginners to the game, I developed an interest in golf development.

Following the success of this I was approached by then company responsible for SNAG to work with the product on a day-to-day basis, an opportunity I could not refuse. Although not involved in the direct delivery on a daily basis I was introduced into the broader spectrum of developing the game globally.

After nearly 4 years I was presented with the opportunity to work at the award winning Quinta Do Lago resort in Portugal. Giving me an opportunity to experience an alternative side of the golf industry, something I thought would be a great experience, personally, professionally and the prospect of sun all year round was hard to turn down. After some time in Portugal I was offered the chance to rekindle my love of SNAG, with my current company GSA Golfsports in Germany. Even in the short time away from SNAG it is exciting to see how the concept has developed and the exciting opportunities ahead.

GSA Golfsports

GSA Golfsports was created to help develop and produce customized golf concepts and offer a personal consulting service for sports associations, school associations, private companies and charitable organizations.

It was always the vision of Christian Piott member of the PGA of Germany and Managing Director of GSA to offer contemporary solutions for everyone one whether young, old, experienced golfer or non-golfer and to adapt to the needs of today’s market. “We need modern concepts to get more people to play golf, today’s generation want to spend their leisure time with their friends and family”.

GSA Golfsports has been the holder of the general licenses for SNAG within Germany since 2010 and then expanding on to Central Europe. Following their expansion in April 2015 they acquired the SNAG general licenses for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Since acquiring this license they have developed the offering of SNAG from the concepts behind it, to the complete teaching program. They have implemented several new ideas on the international development of golf.

David Kearney

David Kearney is a member of the Professional Golfers Association and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a teaching professional and mentor to many professional and amateur golfers.

David began his playing career at Claremorris Golf club in Co.Mayo, in the west of Ireland and would soon move to The Royal County Down golf club where he began his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Kevan Whitson. His passion for coaching was further fuelled by watching Kevan teach and handle pupils of varying levels.

2010 saw David take up his current post at Grange Golf Club in Dublin. Home of 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, Grange and David have worked diligently to improve coaching available to its members and in particular the implementation of a strong junior programme has been one of the major successes in the last 3 years. In 2010 for example the club had 1 girl U-18 years with a handicap and today they have 12 U-16 girls with a Handicap of 35 or less. Similar progress has been made on the boy’s side and part of David’s remit as a representative of the PGA and ILGU is to encourage similar progress at his fellow professional’s club when he speaks at various workshops and training days.

David has been involved in disabled golf with his student Charlie Gannon being the poster boy for what can be achieved. Charlie was very ill in hospital with meningitis in 2010 and lost his left arm from the elbow down, fingers on his right hand and portions of his feet. In his hospital bed, Charlie announced his preferred choice for his new clubs in spite of his condition and we are happy to report 4 years on with the aid of a “Tropman Grip” which replaces his left arm, he has his new clubs and is playing off a 17 handicap in his home club, Castlebar, Co.Mayo.

In a career full of ups and downs, David is very happy in his chosen career and his main professional interest continues to be improving himself and those around him.

View David’s Full Biography

Ian Peek

Full-time golf coach and “Sports Coaching” Masters degree student Ian Peek turned professional in 1987.

In the early 1990s Ian played on the Asian, South American and European Challenge Tours before founding the Impact Golf Academy in Germany. In 2005 the Impact Golf Academy was described by the German golf magazine ‘Golf Journal’ as “one of the best equipped teaching facilities in Germany”. In June 2008 the same magazine named Ian as one of the leading 50 golf coaches in Germany.

Ian has developed three successful golf training-aids and his ‘Fault Fixer’, ‘PSP-Perfect Swing Plane’ and “3p” have sold to golf coaches and golfers in over 30 countries worldwide.

Ian has acted as the R&A golf consultant to the Golf Federations of Honduras, Chile and Bangladesh, is a British PGA swing tutor and a qualified PGA tournament referee. On behalf of the CPG he has also acted as an advisor to the PGA of Poland.

Ian was made an ‘Advanced Fellow of the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’ in 2009.

He has previously presented his coaching philosophies and knowledge to colleagues in Holland, Germany, UAE, Ireland, Spain, the UK and Czech Republic.

His 2016 MSc. research focused on the experiences of 9 GB&I golfers who, despite having enjoyed top amateur careers, did not “make the grade” in the professional game.

Jesús Rodríguez

At age of 9, when Jesús had a golf club in his hands for the first time, he knew he had found “his” sport. After playing for many years as an amateur and after turning professional, he gave my first lessons. It was back then when he discovered his vocation in teaching.

“I must say I am very lucky to continue (after 20 years in the golf industry) doing what I like, which is teaching. Throughout this time I have met many people from different countries who I am grateful for sharing experiences as they have helped me become a better professional every day.”

In 2014, after being National Coach, Training and Technical Director of the Center of Excellence of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, Jesús decided to follow his dream of creating an efficient, dynamic and fun teaching method for both adults and children. With JR Golf Coaching he will pursue these dreams and all those challenges and projects that arise in the process.

Jim van Heuven van Staereling

After Jim van Heuven van Staereling finished his study physical education in 1986 he did his training for PGA professional.  He became fully qualified as B class professional in 1990 and A class professional in 1992.

From 1991 until 2008 he ran a golf school and shop. During this time he became in 1997 board member of the PGA Holland responsible for education and in 1999 he became member of the Education Committee of the Confederation of Professional Golf. In 2011 he became director of education of the PGA Holland and re-structured the whole training program in line with the coaching levels of the National Olympic Committee and the PGA’s of Europe. Besides his responsibility for running the training he is also responsible for further education.

From 2000 he worked as a consultant, tutor and coach for the Dutch Golf federation specialised in junior golf. He developed courses for volunteer leaders, developed and advised in junior coaching plans and courses for PE teachers.

As one of the specialists of the missionary team, sent out in the name of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of st Andrews, he went to Libya, Trinidad & Tobago and Malaysia to help the countries with junior coaching and education of coaches and PE teachers.

In 2014 he became the chairman of the national platform for disabled golfers. The platform is coordinating golf for people with a disability, both physical and mental.

Jonathan Mannie

Jonathan is a Confederation of Professional Golf Board Director but has also been Chairman of the Associtation’s Education Committee since 2002, having headed up the PGA of Austria’s education for 12 years prior to this. Jonathan also sits as a Trustee for the Ryder Cup European Development Trust.

Previously he played on the Sunshine and European Tours and after qualifying as a PGA Professional moved into Education and Coaching. He has worked as Regional Coach, Technical Adviser and National Coach for the Austrian Golf Federation as well as being the Swiss National Team Coach.

Mark Taylor

Mark qualified from Oswestry Golf Club as one of the Trainees of the Year in 1995 after a successful amateur career under coach Alex Lyle. This enabled Mark to establish an extended coaching career overseas predominantly in Switzerland where Mark ran several successful Golf Academies over a period of 12 years.

A return to the UK saw Mark add more diversity to his career by becoming appointed as an England Golf Development Officer in 2010 supporting 34 regional facilities in coaching, membership, recruitment, retention and marketing support.

In 2012 Mark became a PGA Tutor and a further recent appointment as a Golf Development Professional followed for The R&A ‘Working for Golf’ Program.

Mark continues to coach at his indoor performance studio in Cheshire and retains a passion for coaching working as an England Golf performance coach and England Golf under 14 girls coach. This commitment to coaching and golf development saw Mark awarded with PGA Fellow Professional status from the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland.

Paul Eales

“I am proud to be an Instinctive Golf Master Coach and recently competed and passed a two year PG Dip in Sport Pedagogy at the University of Birmingham. These are in addition to the conventional PGA Qualifications.

“I have a great passion for growing the game and recently had roles as the England Under 18s Support Coach and England Regional Coach for AASE programme in the North West. (AASE = Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence).

“I was a European Tour & Challenge Tour member form 1990-2004 with two wins: Audi Open 1991 & Exremadura Open 1994. I made
8 Open & 1 US Open appearances. I am currently a member of the European Senior Tour.

“As a broadcaster I am deployed on-course as an expert golf analyst and commentator. The majority of broadcasting work is with European Tour Productions who provide the pictures for Sky and the World Feed. I am also part of the World Feed commentary team across 34 worldwide stations including the USA via the Golf Channel.”

Sarah Claridge

Sarah is a Confederation of Professional Golf Golf Development Professional and works alongside the Confederation of Professional Golf on The R&A’s Working For Golf Programme.

Sarah has worked within the golf business as a Coach, mentor, tutor and programme designer for 24 years.

In 2012 Sarah was awarded PGA Fellow status for her Professional Achievement and Learning.

Sarah is also Director of Smartpro Coaching – Find out more here: or follow @SmartproCoach.

Stephane Bachoz

Stéphane has dedicated his life to participating at growing the Game of Golf. Using his European Tour Coaching experience he built a complete educational solution around the Triangulaid Concept, which was created by Bill Owens in 1991.

Stéphane is very specialised to “liberate” the Natural Swing of every beginner and those who are “stuck” in their progression, in a very short time.

He was a Consultant for Premium Golf Magazine in France and the UK and he was a Consultant for the LPGA tour on MaChaineSport TV Channel, from 2010 to 2012.

Stephane worked with Bill Owens since 1995 helping him to develop the “Golf Educatif” Project. Thanks to him, he was able to access the High-Level Coaching on the European Tour.

Since 2011, he has been coach to English European Tour player, Philip Golding.  Four Victories in four years since and actually number fiveon the European Senior Tour. He also coaches Cassandra Kirkland and Carolina Martens on the LET and more recently, Marc Farry.

In 2013, with Nicholas Middleton, he created FlowMotion Golf and offers a complete solution to Professionals Teachers to improve their students quickly and efficiently.

  • Zen Putting Mechanic Master Coach
  • Action-Types labelled standard Golf 1
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified
  • Member and Trainer for the PGA France

Steven Orr

Steven has been a full time golf coach for 12 years working within Cranfield Golf Academies, where he is now the Director of Coaching.

Over this time he has left no stone unturned in a quest to understand the truth’s as they relate to high performance in both golf and personal achievement .He has an MSc in sports coaching and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance. His coaching is driven mainly by 3 key questions:

  • How do we most effectively learn the golf swing/develop golf skill?
  • What are the key factors that produce peak performance in the playing environment?
  • How does a golf coach become more expert over time?

He has been exposed to several of the world’s leading coaching minds in a variety of fields. Through his training he has become qualified as Trackman Master and is also a Tutor for the PGA of Great Britain on their foundation degree programme and on the UKCC Level 3 award and works within England Golf as regional coach for the south-east . In media print, Steven is on the instruction staff and is a regular contributor to Golf World magazine. He works or has worked with with golfers of all levels from beginners to national squad players to European and Challenge Tour players.

Tony Bennett

Tony started his career as a playing professional, but during his mid twenties Tony adjusted his career pathway and became a club professional serving two private golf clubs during a thirteen year period. During this time Tony became a lecturer at the P.G.A Training School, a position he held for ten years. Tony took on the role of National Coach to the Federation of Portuguese Golf after which he developed and ran six golf learning centres. He has coached winners on both the European and Ladies European Tour.

In 2006 Tony was granted the status of Master Professional of the PGA of GB&I and has been credited for modernising and contributing to the game of golf in Portugal. He received recognition from the former President of the Republic Dr. Jorge Sampaio in the form of a presidential Order of Merit award. As a current PHD student and former graduate of Birmingham University (UK), he brings a wealth of knowledge to development of innovative and far reaching projects around the World. He has worked/collaborated with many of the worlds leading golfing organisations, and continues to be involved in several European Commission initiatives.

On a voluntary basis Tony leads the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) in the role of President. EDGA, is concerned with creating opportunities for individuals with impairment to start to play golf and to develop a competitive calendar of events for golfers from all disability groups.

Developing the Players of Tomorrow - Click to Reveal the Schedule

08:30 - 08:45

Welcome - Tony Bennett

08:45 - 09:15

“Will I Be Better?” - David Kearney

"I think the main thing is that I can share with the guys is some lessons learned over the past number of years and what I feel can and has contributed to developing the players of tomorrow. It was an idea I saw my friend, Ian Peek, deliver in the UK, A top 10 of lessons learned.

"In my case, it will be a top 5, and I will hopefully, motivate the attendees to take action in the areas that I mention."

09:15 - 09:45

"Creating Great Habits On, and Beyond, the Golf Course" - Steven Orr

09:45 - 10:15

"Golf Development in Malaysia" - Jim van Heuven van Staereling

How to Be Prepared For the Unexpected!

"During my presentation I will share the experience I have from my trips to Libya, Trinidad & Tobago and Malaysia. During all the trips I had to educate juniors, coaches, professionals and teachers of schools.

"What is the way to do it all at once so you are leaving the country with the words 'mission accomplished? What are the basics, and which competences do you need to have to make the mission for all parties worth the money, time and effort?"

10:15 - 10:45

"Barriers and Coping Resources: The Science Behind Taking Your Golf Game to the Next Level" - Ian Peek

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 11:45

"Inclusive Coaching: Opportunities to Experiment With Playing Golf" - Craig Thomas

"My Presentation will reflect on my journey as a PGA Professional and how I have got to where I am now. I shall also share how coaching disabled golfers has inspired me as a coach and how it has helped me to become a better overall coach and how it can help you and your business.

"My Goal is to hopefully encourage the learners to have a better understanding of what coaching disabled golfers can do not only by helping them as a coach but by also increasing the Coaches business and reputation."

11:45 - 12:15

"Tapping into on-course emotions: to help a player develop a plan to play with greater self confidence" - Sarah Claridge

12:15 - 13:00

"How players practice: suggestions for how to get more from practice time by changing focus" - Paul Eales

"Nurture or sabotage? Do we coaches reflect on what we as are doing with students?

"I hope my experiences in the context of playing; coaching and broadcasting will provide enough anecdotes’ to provoke thoughts amongst the delegates.

"Are coaches leading students toward self learning or creating an environment where the students become dependent on information?"

13:00 - 14:15


14:15 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:15

"The changing landscape of golf: an approach and strategies to support facilities with membership, recruitment and retention" - Mark Taylor

"My presentation will focus on membership recruitment and retention strategies, hopefully giving attending delegates an insight into our new approach and research, demonstrating some good practice examples that can help clubs, coaches and facilities bridge the gap between participation and membership and encourage more people into our sport."

Blog post further/pre-workshop reading:


15:15 - 15:45

"Games and Environments for Youth Golf" - Jesus Rodriguez

"Junior golf lessons are a lot of different than 10 years ago. Now is more fun and we use games. We teach the different physical and technical skills with games.

"I will talk about GAMES in general (aspects, materials, progressions and levels). Also I will talk about how important is to have a road map with those games and the best environments to do it."

15:45 - 16:15


16:15 - 16:45

"The Confederation of Professional Golf: committed to the advancement of golf, golfers and the golf profession across Europe" - Tony Bennett

16:45 - 17:15

"Golf Educatif" - Stephane Bachoz

17:15 - 17:45

"Working with aspiring elite golfers: 'Coach - get me on tour'" - Jonathan Mannie

17:45 -

Closing Comments - Tony Bennett