The end of the road or simply a reroute?

3 09 2017

Hi all

Its been 5 years since I started on the road of trying to become a fully qualified golf teacher with the German PGA and sadly the quest has come to an end.

Having completed all the theory courses successfully, as well as the assistant teacher exam, I have had one major hurdle which I was unable to overcome. The so called PAT (playing ability test) seems to simply be a insurmountable obstacle. Its essentially a test of ones playing skills in a PGA tournament which we play 4 times per year and on successful completion one gains admittance to the final exam. The maximum score allowed is 6 over as a under 50 year old player and 11 over as a 50 plus old fart…. My best result was one stroke too many during a Swiss PGA event (max 6 over) but sadly I have not been able to score better than this. In fact I broke 100 in one tournament!

As a back up plan I completed a golf teaching course in South Africa (SAGTF) in January this year which I passed with flying colours in all aspects including playing a round of 8 over which is accepted by them as proof that you can play golf. The diploma is fully recognised in Austria where I currently teach part time.

My goal has always been nothing more than to grow golf and to make more and more people fall in love with this amazing sport. I feel that I have achieved this and will continue to do this as long as I am allowed to.

To even try to explain the disappointment in words would be futile. To all that have supported me I say a huge thank you. To all that were on the other side I have nothing to say other than at least I had the courage to try.

Keep on swinging

Geoff

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