Stafford Skills Up

Ian Stafford who has been busy planning the 2018 staging of the Pro Shop Challenge at Kinsale Golf Club.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

2020 was a different year for everyone in golf, from course owners to golfers to professionals.  With forced closures for over three months of the year, golf professionals were effectively shut down during the closures.  While there were challenges, there were also opportunities and Kinsale based PGA Professional Ian Stafford definitely took advantage of the opportunities.  As well as getting to spend more time with his family, Ian has continued his own habit of furthering his professional qualifications.  Having started his PGA training in 2000, Stafford didn’t stop with his PGA qualification.

In 2016 he achieved Continue reading

Ian Stafford Awarded Fellow Status by PGA

Ian Stafford_April 2018_1Popular golf teaching Professional Ian Stafford was recently awarded the Fellow designation by the PGA.  The Innishannon and Kinsale based pro has continued to invest in his continuing professional development and now becomes only the second PGA professional in Munster to hold the fellow status.  Ian’s latest qualification was approved by the APAL process (Accreditation of Professional Achievement and Learning).  Each application is considered by the APAL Council which consists of longstanding PGA Members, representatives of the R&A, the golf industry, an advisor from the university sector and two PGA Senior Staff members.  On the island of Ireland there are currently over 500 PGA Professionals only 12 of which currently have Fellow status, with Stafford being the youngest to reach Fellow level at 36.  This follows on Ian’s qualification as a Level 3 Advanced Coach which he achieved in 2016, and his motivation stems from one of the cornerstones of his teaching.  “As a coach I’m Continue reading

Youths (Boys and Girls) Pre-Season Training Day

 Boys and Girls Pre-Season Training Day
Kinsale Golf Club, Friday 25th March 9am – 3.30pm
Content Suitable for Single Figure Handicappers
Fee €100

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Ian Stafford PGA Advanced Professional

Ian Stafford JPEGIan has vast experience working with and developing skilled golfers having served as a Regional Coach for the ILGU for the past number of years and coaching the Irish Ladies and Girls teams at 2 European Championships.  Ian also is also the coach to the junior club in Kinsale Golf Club which has produced 3 boys Internationals in the past 18 months.  The topics Ian will be covering on the day are:

  • Tournament preparation, course mapping and game planning. Saving shots without changing your swing.
  • Skills testing, where you are now and where you need to be to compete and win.
  • Effective practice techniques, are you getting as much return from your practice as you should?

 Mark O Connell TPI Fitness Coach

Mark O'Connell TPI JPEGMark is both an accomplished golfer and rugby player and works as personal trainer and Titleist Performance Institute trainer at Dennehys Health and Fitness.

The topics Mark will be covering on the day are:

  • Importance of warm ups, injury prevention and golf specific drills
  • Nutrition and Hydration, the dos and don’ts and how it can affect performance
  • Workouts at Home, TPI foam rolling and stretching techniques

Numbers are limited to 8 participants (4 golfers per station) so book early

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