The Pro Shop team
PGA Head Professional
Having turned professional in 1995, Gavin has over 20 years experience in the golf industry. As well as managing several successful pro shops, he has also held positions as Head Teaching Professional, Head Professional, and latterly, Director of Golf at Prestonfield Golf Club in Edinburgh before his move to Elie. In addition to an Advanced PGA qualification, he is also one of only 45 people in Europe to hold the highly regarded CCM qualification for golf management. As well as being Head Professional of Elie Sports Club, Gavin also acts as the Secretary Manager for Elie Sports Club and as Professional to the Elie Golf House Club.
Michael recently became a fully qualified member of the PGA, having enrolled on the PGA programme in 2015. Throughout his training he excelled academically, having been awarded top PGA student in Scotland for both 1st and 2nd year of the programme. In addition to this he has recently been awarded with the Lord Derby Trophy for 2nd Year Trainee Of The Year for the Great Britain & Ireland. Michael is an accredited US Kids Golf Coach and is also working towards his Diploma in Club Management, having already completed MDP Level 1 through the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE). As well as being heavily involved within the coaching operations at the golf club, Michael is very passionate about custom fitting processes to ensure golfers have the most appropriate equipment to help them advance
PGA Trainee Professional
Alasdair has enrolled in the PGA program and is working towards becoming a fully qualified PGA Professional. Prior to starting at Elie Alasdair was a member of the Union College golf team in Kentucky, where he won the 2015 Bulldog Invitational. He also graduated with a degree in Sports Management. Alasdair’s ambition is to get to work with players who have ambitions of playing college golf and helping them with that transition
PGA Trainee Professional
Keith has recently enrolled on his first year of the PGA training programme and is working towards becoming a fully qualified PGA Professional. Prior to joining the team at Elie he worked for 2 years at the Dukes Golf Course as a retail assistant and Starter. Keith is a very passionate golfer and has been a scratch golfer since the age of 14, having played in the 2015 Alfred Dunhill links as an amateur. Keith’s ambition is to specialise in junior coaching and develop the junior programme at the club during his PGA training.
PGA Professional Freelance coach
Julie Otto is a former English and British international golfer who not only has had a successful amateur playing career, but has also been involved in the administration of the game to the very highest level.
Having played in five Curtis Cup matches for Great Britain and Ireland against the United States of America, she brings to professional golf and in particular the coaching of the game a wealth of experience. Since retiring from international amateur golf after the 1996 Curtis Cup Match as the reigning British, Australian and Spanish Amateur Champion, she moved into golf administration which culminated in the position of Assistant Director – Rules at The R&A. Julie turned professional in 2010 and now teaches freelance at Elie Sports Club.
As Julie runs her own teaching diary, lessons are booked direct: http://www.julieottogolf.com/