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Tipper Triumphs With Top CPG John Jacobs Coaching Award3 min read

Posted on: 29th Nov 2023



Matthew Tipper, renowned coach to Adrian Meronk and acclaimed short game specialist, has become the latest recipient of the CPG’s highest coaching award, the John Jacobs Award for Teaching & Coaching.

The prestigious award, presented at the 2023 CPG Annual Awards Supported By Rolex – for which Tipper was nominated for by the PGA of Poland – is given to coaches that demonstrate exceptional skill, dedication, and impact in the field of golf coaching, with Tipper joining a who’s who list of past winners, including Phil Kenyon, Michael Bannon, Sergio Bertaina, Neil Manchip and Eduardo Celles.

“The shock has only slowly worn off…and it’s just an incredible honour. Any time you’re mentioned in the same breath as Mr. John Jacobs, I think you have to take a step back for a while and think about it,” said PGA of Poland and PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Member on receiving the award at the Gala Dinner that capped-off the CPG Learning & Performance Summit at Fontana Golf in Austria.

“He’s the godfather of golf instruction. He’s the one who started it. He’s the reason why we have a career. I’m just incredibly proud, and I’m very grateful to CPG and the PGA of Poland for giving me this incredible honour.”

Having worked all over the world as a coach, it was 2010 when he moved to Poland to open a David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Toya Golf and Country Club in Wrocław. It was there where he worked with top juniors in the country, including the now multi-event winner and Olympian, Adrian Meronk.

Tipper has supported Meronk for 14 years on the way to four DP World Tour wins, a successful Continental European Team performance in the Hero Cup, and his representation of Poland in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Tipper was able to be part of Meronk’s coaching setup in Tokyo making for a coaching experience reserved only for a select number of coaches in the world, and was even invited to take the Olympic Oath for Team Polska.

“It made absolute sense for us to nominate Matthew for this award,” said recently elected PGA of Poland President, Piotr Owczarek.

“Ever since he arrived in Poland over a decade ago, Matthew has made every effort to support both Polish amateurs and Professionals through his coaching work and has had a significant impact on golf in our country, especially in the form of his support of Adrian who has helped to put Polish golf on the map. We hope to keep working with Matthew to the benefit of our PGA Members, and for the good of golf and its players in Poland.”

Tipper’s Professional and amateur players boast over 50 national and international titles, and, since joining up with world-renowned short game expert, James Sieckmann, in 2016 and serving as his European and Australasian tour representative ever since, he has also been actively involved in the wider development of coaching in almost 10 countries through the delivery of training and workshops.


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With thanks to the CPG Annual Awards Partners – Rolex and the Ryder Cup European Development Trust [RCEDT].