Marna Coetzee- Junior Coordinator and Coach

Phelan Golf Academy, Centurion Country Club

Marna Coetzee
@marna.coetzee

 

What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?

 

When I started with my Studies at TUT my sister was a few years ahead of me and she made golf look so fun she got me involved in the Golf Academy where I met my husband and through the support and the encouragement form the two of them I became a PGA Professional, this opened up more doors for me to coach and see all the different careers that there is in Golf, after helping out at some of the Special Olympic events I realised how rewarding coaching is and the joy you get with the player if they get something right that they have been struggling with for a while
How long have you been in your current position?

 

Since 2018

 

What does your job entail?

 

I run the junior programme at Phelan Golf Academy, I also design the lesson plans for the junior lessons, I also plan and manage the junior holiday camps that we host during school holidays.

 

Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?

 

After every flood that Centurion CC suffers from I can see the damage that we cause but using “disposable” items, with this in mind my husband and I decided to use cloth diapers on our baby boy instead of using the normal disposable diapers, we feel by doing our little bit it will have some change to the environment.

 

My sustainability goal for golf is to try and get new juniors to start playing golf every year and to get the juniors that is already playing golf to become members of a club and start to play more tournaments.

 

Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position I have been coaching juniors now for almost 9 years, but had to take on a different role in the industry as I could not find a place to coach juniors, so about the end of 2017 I hear that Kyle Phelan was looking for someone to coach with him and I decided to send him my CV and see what happens, after meeting with Kyle a few days later he offered me the position and I love coaching with him and being part of this Academy.

 

Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate to win this award?

 

I think I will be a great candidate for this award because I love working with kids and I am passionate about getting more kids involved in the game of golf, I am all about growing the game for the juniors and love to see how their little swings change and get stronger. I think golf is a great game for juniors as the game can teach them so much about life and self-respect.