Ian Welsh - PGA Professional
Started playing golf back 1969 after seeing a poster in high school for golf lessons under the guidance of Jimmy Taylor, the Pro at East Kilbride GC. Left school in 1974 to take up the position of assistant pro to Jim Farmer at Drumpellier GC.
Left in 1975 to take the position of first assistant at Musselburgh GC with Tom Stango. Tom encouraged me to play as much competitive golf as I could. At this time golf tourneys where few and far between for Assistant Pros. Notable mentions 3rd in the Scottish Assistants Championship at Crieff GC. Left in 1977 to take the position of first assistant with Lawrence Farmer at West Middlesex Golf and Squash Club. Lawrence was a great player and coach and certainly helped me through my PGA training. He later went on to coach some of the best ladies in England. Allison Nicholas and Mellisa Reid to name a couple. Also quite a few Solheim cup players and the English Curtis Cup squad.
In 2009 after seeing a dearth of players from the East Kilbride area in the Scottish Boys. Championship I decided to get involved in the SGU's Club golf junior coaching initiative. Within 5 years Torrance House had 2 individual county junior champions and a team county championship for the first time. Personally I was named East Kilbride coach of the year and went on to win South Lanarkshire coach of the year. As a knock on to all our success, all the clubs in the area upped their game and the area now fields a healthy representation in the Scottish Boys and Girls Championships. Recently one of the girls I've coached for 8ish years won the Lanarkshire Ladies County Championship, beating Susan Wood of Drumpellier in the Semi final.
I currently coach the Torrance House juniors and coach the peewee juniors at Cathkin Braes. Last but by no means least, East Kilbride golf clubs latest golfing sensation Susan Woodhouse. Susan is a joy to coach. She works hard on her game and is learning all the time. Last year she won East Kilbride GC's Ladies Championship for the first time. That about sums up my coaching experience and successes. My favourite golf coaching quote, "I strive to be the coach, I would have wanted when I was a junior."
Mostly self taught regarding repairs and club fitting. I have been making my own clubs and fitting for family and friends for about 25 years. It has been a joy to work in Graeme's workshop with all the latest technology. Gadgets and gizmos a plenty. Being self taught, most of my knowledge has been gained reading book after book on building and repairing clubs. I can turn my hand to most club building skills. And always like a new challenge. Back in the day it was shaping and weighting wooden clubs with lead discreetly poured and concealed under sole plates and whip finishes. Move on to today's clubs and it's movable loft sleeves and weight tracks for personalised adjustment. I love a challenge and working at one of the areas busiest golf clubs can throw up some challenging repairs.
One of the most important parts of the job is giving advice about a well loved and well used favourite club and in most cases a descent burial is required and a chance to embrace the new technology that today's clubs offer. The modern clubs are generally easier to hit than some old favourite with a sweet spot the size of a pea. With the lab utilising the most modern tech available we can prove beyond any doubt that your old club is doing you no favours.