Mathew Parker - Director of Instruction
Mathew is our first ever Director of Instruction. His role brings together his experiences and passion to excel our academy with the intention of offering the very best services in the country. His work has seen him travel on the European, Challenge and Satellite tours. In Dubai Mathew was Senior Teaching Professional at Al Badia Golf Club, followed by being part of the opening team to set up... and run the ETPI at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Mathew's success as an instructor has come in many forms including, Sunshine tour win, 5 Satellite tour wins, gaining European tour card and also adding UAE national titles in the amateur ranks in 2016 and 2017.In September 2018 Mathew was selected to be the coach for the UAE Special Olympics golf team, this involved training the team on a regular basis to participate in the Special Olympic World Games in March 2019. With only a 6 month build up to the games the team did a fantastic job and Mathew holds this experience as the most rewarding golf instruction he has ever given when the team produced a huge medal hall which included, 5th place, Bronze, 3 x Silver and 1 x Gold medal from 5 Athletes. Mathew comes from a golfing family which has yielded six professionals. He is highly motivated to get you playing the best golf possible by offering sessions in a relaxed, innovative and enjoyable style.
Reynard Kleynhans - Teaching Professional
Reynard, hailing from Potchefstroom, South Africa studied his PGA at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club before becoming fully qualified in 2016.In December 2016 Reynard joined the team at Yas Links and soon began to establish himself as one of the top coaches in the capital. Reynard has also been a key part of developing our successful junior development program where he is currently the Head of Junior Development at Yas Links Golf Academy.Reynard is currently the only Teaching Professional in Abu Dhabi that Superspeed Certified Level 3 and also upgraded his status as a PGA Professional to AA with the prestigious South African PGA.
Karl Dunn - Teaching Professional
Karl started out as a Junior golfer based in Essex, England at the age of 15.After finishing secondary school he then embarked on a two year intense golf program at the sports academy based at Stoke By Nayland hotel, golf and spa , Great Britain. Here he excelled and completed the course and earned a National diploma in sports. He coached at Stoke by Nayland in England which is home of one of England Golfs national training facilities under the watchful eye of Roly Hitchcock who is one of England golfs coaches and also one of the UK’s most qualified golf coaches being awarded the PGA level 4 UK sports coaching certificate from Birmingham University. Karl played golf to a county level representing the club until he turned professional in 2010 he then competed while simultaneously studying for his foundation degree in professional golf with the PGA. In 2012 Karl became an assistant coach for the Essex county academy program and from this experience it has led him to develop a keen interest in golf psychology. He specializes in shot making techniques that help his students to lower their handicaps. Karl graduated from the university of Birmingham in 2013 with his degree in professional golf, as well as coaching Karl interests include Custom fitting and equipment technology.
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