2015 Coaches Circle

July 27 - July 28. 2015

Event List

The 2015 Coaches Circle will return to the Confederation of Professional Golf Education Event Schedule from the 27 – 29 July, 2015 at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort.

The Coaches Circle brings together national coaches, coaches of elite players (on a level 1,2 or 3 tour), and coaches involved in national junior programmes, to attend theory and practical sessions.

The focus of this years Coaches Circle will be Junior Golf and the issues around development, retention, and working with talented young players.

The European Golf Association’s (EGA) European Team Shield Championship follows immediately after the Coaches Circle at Pravets so will be a good opportunity to see young players from emerging golfing nations practicing on the 29th and then competing from the 30th onwards.

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Pravets Golf & Spa Resort

Pravets Golf & SPA Resort is located just 50 km away from Sofia - easily accessible with a 45 minute drive on the Hemus highway, yet distant enough from the daily stress of the big city.

The 242 luxury rooms in the RIU Pravets Resort hotel, three fine restaurants, a SPA area of more than 3 000 sq.m, a modern fitness centre, an indoor and an outdoor swimming pools provide a unique experience for the guests of the resort.

Pravets Golf Club, managed by Braemar Golf based at St.Andrews in Scotland, offers a Peter Harradine designed 18-hole, par 72, Championship golf course and a State-Of-The-Art golf academy with an extensive practice area.

This parkland - style golf course boasts spectacular views of the local mountains and lake, framed by the impressive RIU Pravets Resort hotel.

The par-three eighth hole is the signature hole with its challenging island green. The 9th and the 18th greens are joined in one double green, a well-known feature from the Old Course in St Andrews. The driving range offers a unique experience with its special lighting for dawn or night golfing.


Pravets Golf Club
Ezeroto 35, 2161 Pravets


‘Coaching Masterminds’ Brought Together for 2015 Coaches Circle

Martin Westphal & Tony Bennett - 2015 Coaches Circle

2014 #CCHoTS - Michael "Much" Mair

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 PGAsE 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, the UK and Czech Republic.

Jim van Heuven van Staereling

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.

Dr. Kyle Phillpots

  • PGA of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Joint Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education & Career Development
  • www.pga.info

Joined the PGA 16 years ago from a background working in in Further and Higher Education Sector.
Played rugby up to that point then took up golf and now member of Kings Norton GC.
Has been part of the Confederation of Professional Golf Education Committee for 12 years.
Led on the development of UK Coaching Certificate on behalf of golf, then represented golf on development of firstly European Coaching Framework and then development of International Sport Coaching Framework.

Martin Westphal

Martin Westphal was born in Germany, in a town near Hamburg. The son of a carpenter step into the golf scene at the age of 9.

He decided to increase his pocket money by working as a caddie and immediately fell in love with the sport, the environment of the golf club and the kind of people he met.

At the age of 17 he turned professional.  After the frustration he experienced during his training, he became a missionary of education in the game of golf.

Today Martin is a tutor, examiner, Junior and national Coach, Golf Development Consultant of The R&A, a member of the Confederation of Professional Golf Education Committee and a golf course owner.

Michael Hebron

Michael Hebron has received over twenty – five awards , including National Teacher of the Michael has been invited to speak at Yale, MIT, in India, Australia, Canada, Finland, Chile, Japan, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Wales, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Spain, Denmark, and as a private and public speaker to organizations, businesses, universities and school districts and other colleges throughout the United States.

Michael has authored five books and over one hundred articles; has been a guest on several TV shows including the Charlie Rose Show and NBC’s Today Show; has taken numerous classes at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Connecting the Mind-Brain to Education Institute and attended several Teaching With the Brain in Mind Conferences. Michael would say he whas been researching the brain’s connection to learning with lots of help from award-winning educators and scientists for over two decades. What happens after a lesson is his concern.

It has been said that Michael has the curiosity of a child, the soul of a poet, and the heart of a fighter, all wrapped up in years of experience. He has been referred to as the Teacher of Teachers who shares counter-intuitive insights and promotes non-traditional ideas to think about. In 2013 Michael was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame. He was the 1991 National Teacher of the Year and the 1990 national Horton Smith Award recipient for his contributions to PGA of Americas education programs .

If Michael had a choice,  he would want to be known for how  he deliver information to students and not who he teaches , Said another way , to be known for the approach he use  to help people learn anything, even golf. He organized the first Teaching and Coaching Conferences for the PGAs of America 1988,  Europe 1990 ,  and Canada 1990 .

Jaime Diaz a highly respected editor and author in the golf industry noted that some have said Michael Hebron is ahead of his time when he talks about the  nature of learning  . Michael believes there are many reasons to study the brains connection to learning with some as old as time .

Simon Dainty

PGA Professional Simon Dainty turned Professional after a successful amateur career. Originating from Stoke By Nayland Golf Club, he achieved representation for England 16 times, winning the England Schoolboys Championships and many other events. Having enjoyed fifty Professional wins across Europe as a player, he has the experience of playing on a variety of Tours over the years, Challenge Tour, Europro Tour, Jamega Tour and Alps Tour to name but a few.

Simon turned to coaching and started to focus his efforts on developing golfers to maximise their potential. With many years of experience coaching and working with players from young grass roots beginners, through to elite county, international players and Tournament Professionals, Simon is well versed in what it takes to be a high performing coach.

Working as the Head of Schools; Lee Westwood & Darren Clarke Golf brands, and with a strong focus on people skills, Simon has developed the coaching structure and academy within the Westwood and Clarke brands. He has been responsible for the design and structure behind the latest Westwood School and is experienced in the areas of creating and managing structured junior golf programmes is something that he lives everyday.

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 is currently  close to completing an MSc in sports coaching at The University of Birmingham, where his study is looking at the reflective practices of expert coaches.  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 a CHEK Certified Golf Biomechanic, PDS Performance Coach, Instinctive Golf Coach, a Faculty member of The Golf Athlete and Trackman Master. He 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.

07/27/2015 - CC Day 01

09:30 - 10:00


Tony Bennett (Director of Education & Membership, Confederation of Professional Golf)

10:00 - 11:30

Jonathan Mannie

The Challenge of Coaching Players to Meet Federation Objectives (90mins)

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 - 13:00

Martin Westphal

Ingredients for Junior Player Development (60mins)

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

David Kearney

The Wizards of Golf - “Follow the Yellow Brick Road..” …A Girl's Journey In and Out of High Performance Sport… (90mins)

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00

Michael Hebron

Q&A Via Video Link (60mins)

17:00 - 17:30

Elliot Van Der Veeke & Ivo Pauly


17:30 - 18:00

Tony Howarth

Starting New at Golf - SNAG (30mins)

07/28/2015 - CC Day 02

09:00 - 10:30

Steven Orr

The Skills and Character Traits of Young Players: A Four Quadrant Approach (90mins)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Simon Dainty

Expectations For, and Benefits of, Attending a Structured Junior Golf Academy (90mins)

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Ian Peek

Home Coach vs. National/Regional Coach: Coaching Ego Over Player Success? (90mins)

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:00

Elliot Van Der Veeke & Ivo Pauly


16:00 - 16:30

Dr. Kyle Phillpots

A Worldwide Coaching framework (30mins)

16:30 - 17:00

Jim van Heuven van Staereling

The Role of Parents in Junior Development (30mins)

17:00 -

Close of Coaches Circle