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As PGA ‘AAT’ Golf Professional at Elgin Golf Club with over 15 years experience within the Scottish golf industry, Michael is passionate about the game of golf and absolutely thrives in the all round duties of a Club Professional.
Michael hails from the West Lothian town of Linlithgow and learned how to play the game at his home town club. His father Frank and neighbours introduced him to the game at a fairly young age and the inheritance of his father’s excellent hand/eye co-ordination (from his own previous prowess on the shinty field) all helped Michael to grow his passion for the game. Although not really coming from a golfing family, having maternal grandparents who lived in the ‘Home of Golf’ St Andrews helped to further engrain the game within Michael.
A regular winner within the Junior Section at Linlithgow GC and a Captain of the Juniors, Michael’s first real taste of golfing success came when he won the County under-16s Championship held at Bathgate Golf Club. This trophy is called the ‘Walker Cup’ and has some impressive names on it – Ryder Cup captains Eric Brown and Bernard Gallacher and his nephew Stephen Gallacher. Bernard’s brother (Stephen’s father) Jim, also a previous winner, was in the clubhouse when Michael won the tournament and told Michael how much history was behind the trophy and how Michael had won ‘the big one’!
There was further County and club success, then a move to Edinburgh to study at Napier University gained Michael an honours degree in Communication Management. Playing in the Scottish Universities Championship for Napier at Moray Golf Club gave Michael his first experience of life in the lovely Moray area.
Studies came first at this stage but golf was never forgotten and Michael was still able to play at Linlithgow most weekends and in the Napier medals at Gullane and inter-university matches around Scotland. One of the key things Michael learned from this time was the importance of camaraderie in golf and how to enjoy the social side of the game. After all – we may play the game individually most of the time but it is usually in company and within a ‘club’ environment. (more)
Elgin Pro Shop stocks a wide range of up to date, functional and fashionable golf clothing, shoes and accessories.
Leading brands include Oscar Jacobson, Under Armour, Puma, Callaway Apparel, Glenbrae Knitwear, Sunderland of Scotland, Green Lamb, Glenmuir, Catmandoo, Cutter and Buck, Duca Del Cosma, Footjoy and Ecco. We are also able to source styles from most brands in the market that are not stocked in the Pro Shop through our buying group – TGI Golf Partnership.
We offer a full custom fitting service at Elgin Pro Shop to ensure that you get the most suitable equipment for your golf game. All brands and clubs can be professionally fitted using our cutting edge GC2 Launch Monitor technology. Manufacturers we stock and fit include Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra, Odyssey, Titleist, SeeMore and Cleveland.
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