Gullane so Good at training up professionals

Alasdair Good, with, from left, assistants, Emma Fairnie, Jordan Ramanauskas and Keir McNicoll
Alasdair Good, with, from left, assistants, Emma Fairnie, Jordan Ramanauskas and Keir McNicoll
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Gullane is doing a ‘Good’ job producing club pros – with three more assistants there being recognised for their achievements in the PGA training programme.

Keir McNicoll took pride of place as he landed the Rookie of the Year Award at the annual graduation ceremony at the University of Birmingham.

But an equally notable feat was Emma Fairnie’s second place in the Assistant of the Year category, which saw Jordan Ramanauskas claim 12th spot in a nationwide battle.

All three have been trained by Alasdair Good, who has seen his charges enjoy a remarkable strike rate in the prestigious awards in his 11 years as head pro at the East Lothian club. Nine of Good’s staff have now picked up prizes and he insisted: “It is not just by chance that these young assistants are doing so well.

“The key to this success is keeping my business very diverse and my staff perform roles which include assisting in the delivery of extensive coaching programmes for golfers of all ages and abilities, retailing for every type of needs, and custom fitting of equipment with the latest technology. They also help with the running of two major junior golf championships, the Wee Wonders British Championships and the US Kids European Championships, as well as learning about the administrative side of the business.”

Due to Gullane’s standing in the game – the club is in the running to host a future Scottish Open – any vacancies in the pro shop always attract a sackful of applicants. “It is gratifying to take young amateurs on as raw recruits and to be able to play a part in turning them into polished PGA pros and to watch them take the next step on the road to their bright future,” added Good.

Opportunities for assistant pros have just been given a further boost with Galvin Green and Goretex sponsoring a programme of events with the PGA in Scotland. “My current graduates and trainees are the best I’ve ever had but, with my support along with the PGA programme, the next ones will be even better,” he predicted.