Steve Cottingham – General Manager and Head teaching Professional
Mount Edgecombe Golf Academy
|What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?
|A desire to learn more about the Game and to see if I could make a career in the industry.
|How long have you been in your current position?
|What does your job entail?
|Day to day running of a busy Driving Range, managing a team of Instructors and delivering golf lessons.
|Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?
|Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position
|After playing for 4 years on the Sunshine Tour I realised I wasn’t good enough and so with the help of PGA members Hugh Inggs and Fred Beaver I decided to do my apprenticeship. I realised early in my PGA career that I enjoyed coaching and the search to improve on my ability took me to several countries around the world looking to learn and improve. Along the way I discovered the link between teaching and clubfitting and this has enabled me to continually grow as a teacher. In 2010 I made the decision to take the risk of buying into a Driving Range business so that I would have more control over my business and create and solid base to operate from. Ten years later this has proven to be a wise decision.
|Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate to win this award?
|I still have a passion for teaching and thoroughly enjoy seeing my students improve and enjoy this wonderful game.