We’re very pleased to welcome our new Head Golf Professional, Jamie Corkill, to YGCC! Jamie arrived in Yamba with his family in mid October and has settled in well to the new environment, encouraging plenty of wonderfully new and exciting changes to improve our golf at the Club. Below, Jamie shares details of his background and his thoughts on the game today.
Can you provide us with a brief history of your golfing career and how you came to be the pro at Yamba Golf & Country Club?
I have worked 15 years in the Golf industry. I spent 12 months in Canada and hosted the Canadian Open PGA Tour event at Angus Glen GC.
I completed my traineeship at Palm Meadows and played some Australasian and European Tour events before Ross River Fever hit me for six.
I spent the last 3 years as Head Professional at Mowbray GC in Tassie preparing for the opportunity to call paradise (Yamba) home!
When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
My mum worked for Prosimmon when I was about 5 and I use to pinch my dad’s set of clubs to whack the cane toads across the road!
My Grandad was the real inspiration though. I have a lot of great memories of playing Long Reef, his home Club.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
That’s an easy one! In recent times, I was 1 of 6 nominees for Australian Club Pro of the Year in 2019/20! Unfortunately I just missed out on the title!
How has the golf scene changed since you first started?
Well there’s quite a number of changes from when I first started: Golf clubs are twice the size! I can’t buy my Titleist at Kmart anymore either. You can now golf inside, and the general Club environment is more relaxed and inviting to everyone. Technology is advancing faster than the grass can grow but drivers are still cheaper than 15 years ago when a Taylor-made TP 425 driver would set you back $1250!! Oh and an Aussie has finally won the Masters!
What are you most looking forward to about being the Pro at Yamba Golf Club
Getting to know the members and being able to help them grow their game!
Whether it be lessons, Club fitting or playing a round with them- I can’t wait to make a difference!
What is your favourite golf destination?
There are so many!
Hawaii is my favourite holiday destination but the US and UK are clear cut golfing Mecca’s!
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
I’ve been craving a Pinehurst adventure for far too long!
What tournaments have you got coming up at the Yamba Golf Club in the next few months?
The Pro-Am is fast approaching! Dec 18-19 or should I say 18-19, 2021 (cool date!).
And finally for the big question……….Who is your dream foursome (living or dead)?
My three best mates but with Arnie , Jack and Tiger on caddy duties!!
To speak with Jamie and see how he may be able to assist with your game, call the Pro shop TODAY on 02 6646 1656 or come in and say hello!View more News & Promotions
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