The Open makes an historic return to Northern Ireland in 2019. Golf’s oldest and most international championship returns after 68 years with the world’s greatest players competing for the Claret Jug over the Dunluce Links at Portrush on what is sure to be one of the most memorable Championships.
PGA Members’ Unit
Once again PGA Members will be able to relax, meet clients and take in the action inside The PGA Members’ Unit at Royal Portrush.
This year the PGA Members’ Unit is situated in the heart of the Spectator Village to the right as you walk through the main spectator entrance.
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Four Members to make Swingzone debut at Royal Portrush
There will be four fresh faces in this month’s R&A Swingzone at The Open as The PGA prepares to once again deliver thousands of free lessons at Royal Portrush.
While the great names in golf battle it out to claim the famous Claret Jug on the course, a 23-strong team of PGA Professionals will be delivering free 15-minutes sessions across eight days in Ireland.
It will be a debut to remember for Irish trio Ciaran Molloy, Shaun Devenney and Zoe Allen with golf’s oldest major returning to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.
Molloy said: “I’ve no doubt the atmosphere will be electric as Irish fans are passionate about their golf here. I’m looking forward to meeting new golfers from all over the world and helping them too. Hopefully I’ll learn a bit too from fellow teaching professionals because as coaches we’re always learning too.”
Devenney commented: “I’m very excited and proud to have been selected to work at the Open Swingzone at Royal Portrush and I’m looking forward to the week. I first played Royal Portrush in the Ulster Youths tournament when I was 16 or 17 years of age and didn’t in my wildest dreams think that all these years later I would be involved as a coach at the biggest tournament in golf.”
Alex Mollin is also set to make her first appearance at the R&A Swingzone. She will be joined by a host of regular faces including PGA Master Professional Peter Ball, Ian Bailey and 2018 PGA Toby Sunderland Award winner Sarah Bennett.
“All of the R&A Swingzone team are excited about the first Open Championship on Irish soil for many years,” said Jonathan Wright, Golf Development Executive at The PGA. “We have a great team of committed PGA Professionals who are ready to deliver fantastic experiences throughout Open week.”
Coaching opportunities at The Open Championship
Following on from the success of last year, The PGA are again offering all Assistants the opportunity to gain coaching experience from the highly qualified team of coaches delivering lessons at this year’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
Having access to the R&A Swingzone could provide you with the following learning opportunities and informal personal development:
- Shadow experienced coaches
- Observe different coaching styles in action
- Structure a coaching session with a limited time window
- Gain knowledge of different drills used in coaching
- Learn questioning skills
- Use technology during coaching sessions
- Be an adaptable and inclusive coach
- Deliver coaching sessions on the public stage
- Excellent networking opportunity to enhance your coaching methods and gain expert feedback
This unique opportunity is open to all trainee and Assistant Professionals with a passion and desire for coaching. A flexible timetable of availability will be developed based upon demand.
If you are planning to be at The Open for any time between July 14 – 21, you can be part of the Swingzone for a morning, afternoon or 1 to 2 hours.
This opportunity will be available to you at no charge and is unpaid. If you wish to express an interest or you require further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, July 5 2019.
#welovegolf at The Open
Anyone who follows the @WeLoveGolfPGA social media accounts will know The PGA’s campaign is growing from strength to strength, showing that golf is for everyone and encouraging more women – in particular – to take up the sport.
The PGA wants to continue building momentum by sharing a view of what golf looks like at The Open. Thousands of people of all ages, abilities and nationalities will be at the Swingzone and those people are being asked to post photos of themselves having a lesson using #welovegolf across their social media channels.
The best ones each day will be shared on the @WeLoveGolfPGA accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow the campaign to look out for your friends and family.
Official Open app
The official App of The Open, golf’s most international major Championship. The world’s top players return to Royal Portrush, for the first time in 68 years, from 14-21 July 2019 to take their place in history and compete for the iconic Claret Jug.
The App is available all year round and is updated with the latest news, images and video. The Open’s official app provides the ultimate way to enjoy The Open while on the go to ensure you never miss a shot.
The interactive course guide allows you to track your favourite players around Royal Portrush providing live video streaming, live scoring and video highlights.
The latest and most relevant updates throughout the Championship will be presented through our dynamic timeline feature, including news, social media highlights, images and live updates straight from the course so you never miss a shot.
A complimentary WiFi network will be available across the course in grandstands and in the Spectator Village.
CLICK HERE to download the app from the Apple Store.
CLICK HERE to download the app from the Google Play Store