Carrigaline based PGA Professional Wayne O’Callaghan has recently set up a new base in Raffeen Creek Golf Club. The popular instructor has moved from his previous base in Fernhill where he had worked for the past four years. Wayne qualified as a PGA Professional almost twenty years ago having served his apprenticeship under Bandon’s Paddy O’Boyle. From 1998 to 2012 he worked from the busy Carrigdhoun Golf Range and in 2012 he moved to Fernhill Golf Course. Over the past four years Wayne developed a very strong junior programme, which incorporated quite a bit of on-course work which complimented the range and putting green aspect of the programme. Although his time on the PGA Irish Region Tour has been limited due to his teaching commitments, Wayne did feature in the top ten a number of times this year. Having left Fernhill in October, Wayne wasted no time in setting up a new base. “I have now set up my academy Raffeen Creek which has a state of the art short game facility and I am also available to give playing lessons on the course” said O’Callaghan. “Playing lessons include Trackman analysis on the course as it is a wireless system and I can review and send videos with screencast to students of what we worked on. I have received a tremendous welcome from the members of Raffeen Creek.”
As well the facilities in Raffeen, Wayne has continued to invest in his indoor performance studio in Carrigaline which is fitted with a driving bay and putting studio. The studio incorporates several diagnostic and teaching tools which give’s Wayne a great insight to a golfers swing. “My indoor swing studio allows me to work on student’s technical skills whether it’s for long game or short game” said Wayne. “It is equipped with Trackman, Boditrak, quantic ball-roll and now Ireland’s first totally 3D swing analysis system.” Wayne is the first Cork based teaching professionals to invest in 3D swing analysis and he believes it’s a great tool for professionals. “3D takes out any guess work as everything is measured, where as a camera is only two dimensional and doesn’t come close to 3D. I had to wait a year for the 3D system and as it is totally wireless I can also take students to the course and see if their range swing and course swing changes. All 3D swings upload to students own account on their phone or tablet so they can view at anytime. Since releasing the 3D I have been inundated with sessions from students all over the country coming to try in it out along with a few PGA Professionals.” The 3D analysis system is brand new to the Irish market and might make for a great gift for the upcoming festive period. Sessions are available in one hour or two hour blocks and Wayne also has several other tuition packages available.
Last year Wayne was awarded the Advanced Professional designation from the PGA in the Belfry, this was an award which recognised his work over the past decade. In addition to being a very busy teaching professional, Wayne has also developed the Irish Junior Masters Golf Tour. This is a competitive series of events where golfers play in their own age groups and in addition to the age limits, young golfers also play from appropriate tees in line with their age and ability. Most importantly the programme doesn’t require a handicap and is the ideal way for young golfers to start playing in competitions before they graduate to junior handicaps. O’Callaghan has partnered with several like-minded PGA Pro’s over the past two years and now the Tour has several events across the whole country including provincial and national championships.
The next Munster PGA event takes place in Dromoland Castle next week and large number of entries are expected. This will be the third event in the PGB sponsored Winter Series and Davey Barry (Douglas) will be hoping to make it two wins in a row after his win in Killarney earlier this month. The Dromoland event is the second competition to be run as a pro-am and everyone planning to play will be hoping for good weather conditions at the Ron Kirby designed championship course.