Rick Valentine - Director of Golf, PGA Fellow Professional, BSc (Hons), PGdip, UKCC Level 4
Since joining Loretto Rick has become a member of the Professional Golfers Association completing the Foundation Degree through the University of Birmingham. In September 2014 he completed a Post Graduate diploma (PGDip) in Sports Coaching through the University of
Lynsey Whitelaw - Golf Adminstrator
Lynsey Whitelaw joined the Loretto Golf Academy team in August 2015. Whilst working at Stirling University she gained a wide and varied range of administrative skills. Lynsey has an HND in Interior Design from Forth Valley College.
Lynsey is also a qualified lifeguard, first aid trained and TEFL certified. In her free time, Lynsey is a keen golfer and was a member at Dunblane New Golf Club. She currently plays off 11 with the aim of reducing this to single figures. Her golfing achievements include competing in the club championship semi-finals and quarter-finals, winning Dunblane’s mixed open trophy twice, and making it to the SLGA quarter-finals.
|PGA Advanced Professional and Head of Golf Coaching - Ryan Scott
Having played at an elite amateur level, Ryan joined the Professional Golfers Association in 2004 as an Assistant Professional and successfully achieved his Degree in Professional Golf in July 2007. Since this time, he has coached at several venues across Scotland, and accumulated thousands of hours coaching golfers of many varying abilities, including Professional golfer’s competing on the Euro Pro & Challenge Tours. He was successfully awarded ’PGA Advanced Professional’ status in July 2014 by the British Professional Golfers Association (PGA) due primarily to his achievements and experiences in golf coaching and his commitment to continual professional learning.
As part of his coaching qualifications and professional development, Ryan completed the Golfing Machines Golf stroke Engineering Master’s (GSEB) qualification becoming one of only a handful of coaches in Scotland to have achieved this status. In addition, In September 2014, he completed a Post Graduate diploma (PGDip) in sports coaching at the University of Birmingham, as well as completing the new UKCC Level 3 qualification with the Professional Golfers Association. Ryan has now transferred onto a (MSc) in sports coaching and as of February 2015, will be starting coach education work for the PGA in Scotland as a Tutor & Assessor helping induct new coaches through the PGA Level 1 qualifications. He is also ClubGolf coach developer for the East Region of Scotland providing guidance and assistance to professional and volunteer coaches operating within Scottish Golf. Ryan is on track to become one of the first Level 4 UKCC golf coaches in the United Kingdom.
|Advanced PGA Professional - Graham Mackay
Graham turned Professional in 2007 after a successful amateur career competing across Scotland at National and Regional level. Since turning Professional Graham has played competitively in all parts of the UK and Ireland. He has participated in a number of top events including the Scottish PGA, Irish PGA and British PGA Assistants Championships and has recorded two second place finishes and a number of top ten places on the PGA of Scotland’s Tartan Tour.
Upon completion of the PGA Foundation degree at the University of Birmingham in 2010, Graham turned his attention to coaching full time. In the following years he built a reputation for being a highly knowledgeable and skilled golf coach. His passion for coaching and developing junior golfers provided the opportunity to work in Ireland at the Darren Clarke Golf School for a period in 2012 and more latterly become part of the Scottish Golf Academy’s National Development Centre coaching programme. Alongside his coaching commitments Graham provides coaching support and mentoring to fellow coaches in the East of Scotland as part of the ClubGolf Scotland coach developer programme.
Graham has dedicated himself to continuing to develop as a Professional and currently undertakes a number of further education courses with UKCC and The Professional Golfers Association.
|PGA Professional - Scott Smith
Having studied golf for 3 years at Elmwood College Scott went on to gain his BSc in Performance Golf from The University of Abertay Dundee. After successfully playing golf at county and collegiate level Scott Turned Professional in 2012. This took him down the path of completing the Foundation degree in Professional Golf Studies which is run through The Professional Golfers Association and Birmingham University.
Having gained his UKCC Level 2 coaching certificate Scott has gone on to coach all types of golfers from complete beginner to elite. Scott has carried out coaching clinics at numerous schools throughout Fife while working at Scotscraig Golf Club along with participating in the Clubgolf summer camps which are held every year at local venues across Scotland.
Scott is also focused on improving his own continual professional development by engaging in coach education opportunities which will enhance the learning experience of golfers he works with. Scott is a certified US Kids level 1 instructor, and is looking to enhance further his coaching ability by enrolling in the UKCC Level 3 coaching certificate early next year. Scott is also in the process of doing a Biomechanics course.
|Phil Calvert— Master Trainer, Tutor and Assessor UK & Ireland, Life Fitness Academy
Philip Calvert is a master trainer, tutor and assessor for Life Fitness Academy in the UK & Ireland. Life Fitness Academy provides internal and external educational and training services through a global network of highly-qualified personal trainers for Life Fitness, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). He has more than 25 years’ experience in playing and coaching sports and fitness.
Phil specializes in Golf strength and flexibility, exercise management for lower back pain and nutrition and weight management. He has several qualifications through the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the professional body for the health and fitness industry in the United Kingdom (UK). Along with certifications for lower back pain management, nutrition and weight loss, he holds certifications in TPI, advanced personal training, gym management. Phil has combined his knowledge of training for the development of golfers through training as a TPI instructor.
His areas of expertise include Golf strength and flexibility, sports-specific plyometric and endurance training. He has completed Continuing Professional Development courses for TRX® Suspension Training, Power Plate and Group Cycling instructing. He runs a successful personal training company in Edinburgh and has worked as a freelance personal trainer through Edinburgh Leisure, Energy Fitness, Greens Health & Fitness and LA Fitness. He also worked as a fitness coach for the Livingston Football Club (Scotland) before joining the Life Fitness Academy team,
Some of Phil’s sporting achievements include, cycling an 1100mile charity cycle in 10 days, completing a 70.3 Ironman and several Marathons including New York and Belfast.
Phil graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was captain of the rugby team, with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. He was educated at Campbell College Northern Ireland. Phil played for the Wastonians Rugby Football Club in Edinburgh from 1990 to 1996. His rugby-playing days also saw him selected to represent Scottish Colleges. He resides just outside of Edinburgh with his wife Karen and their young son Ruaridh.