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Part Time Admin Role

**Part Time Administration Role**


  • Do you have office and administration skills?
  • Do you have an eye for detail?
  • Can you work as part of a team?
  • Are you looking to work part time within a young and dynamic environment, within a busy private business?
  • If you can answer YES to the above, then please do get in contact with us now!

The Darren Clarke Golf
 brand is now a well established academic and golf school brand - being based for the last 11 years at the amazing Greenmount Campus in Antrim, Northern Ireland  - www.darrenclarkegolfschool.com

We are now looking to create a part time position for the role as described.

The successful candidate will be required to have proven experience of :

  • working as part of a team, offering a wide spectrum of business and office support. 
  • making and receiving telephone calls,
  • use of email, 
  • full understanding and working knowledge of Microsoft Office, 
  • good social media skills
  • Excellent communication skills
The role will include interacting with students, supporting the coaching and tutor teams, being involved with various projects and the day to day running of the business.

The role will be varied and although revolve around some essential daily tasks, allow for development and growth into such areas as finance, marketing, sales and other business areas.

This role is ideal for someone who has experience within a business environment and is looking to progress with a fun and growing sports business.

The successful candidate will work in conjunction with the current team at the School - sharing best practice and communicating, working as part of a larger team.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience within a similar role.

·         To register your interest in this role, email a few words about yourself and attach your recent CV 
 

Paul Conroy British Schools Champion

British Schools and Colleges Finals 2018 - Trevose Golf Club




What started as a dream became a reality for Paul Conroy last week as he was crowed British Schools Champion. Paul was part of the team representing the school in last weeks British Schools and Colleges Championships at Trevose Golf Club. It was a two day event with 
individual and team crowns to play for. Paul produced rounds of 67 & 72 to finish one shot clear of the field and take the victory.



In the last group on the first round Paul produced an awesome 67 (-5) in breezy conditions to hold an overnight lead. A round which included seven birdies and just two pars was one that Paul will never forgot. Starting with a great par save on the first followed by a par on the second before a dropped shot on the third Paul then kicked into gear on the fourth. Three birdies in a row from the fourth to the sixth gave Paul the platform to build from. Two more birdies on the seventh and eighth before another great birdie on nine left Paul three under par for his first nine holes.



Paul continued on his fine scoring on the back nine. Another birdie on the par five 10th hole followed by a par on the long par three eleventh hole gave Paul the perfect start to the back nine. He then followed that with a birdie on twelve, bogey on the thirteenth and another birdie on the fourteenth. This left Paul five under par with four holes remaining. Paul continued on his aggressive style of play and was extremely unlucky not to find more birdies. However pars on his remaining four holes was enough to see him finish the opening day as the leader.



On day two Paul was playing in the first group. Rain early on made things slightly more difficult but the calm conditions were very beneficial. A round which again started with two pars before a dropped shot on the tricky par three third hole. Pars in his next five holes left Paul one over for his round and four under for the tournament. A fantastic drive down the par five ninth hole and an even better iron shot to five feet with an eagle putt to match meant Paul finished one under for his front nine and 6 under for the tournament.



Another excellently played par five from Paul on the tenth hole left him with yet another great chance for eagle. Paul went on to make his birdie to take him to two under par. A good par on the eleventh followed by a disappointing triple bogey dropped Paul back to one over par for his round. However Paul once again showed tremendous character to bounce back with a birdie on the thirteenth hole to take him back to level par. With his excellent ball striking tee to green he continued to give himself more birdie opportunities on his final five holes. However it was five pars to finish giving him a very solid round of level par to leave him 5 under for the tournament.



It was an anxious wait for Paul to find out the scores but in the end it was enough for him to take the victory by a one shot margin. Paul played excellently right throughout the whole week and fully deserved the victory. This will give him the confidence and belief going into the new season and we hope to see plenty more results like this.



Well done Paul! 





 

US Masters Trip 2018

Masters Delight For Gareth & Jules!

It was the opportunity of a lifetime. To be able experience the U.S Masters first hand was always going to be an unforgettable experience.       

For Gareth Reid and Jules Preston it was exactly that. Currently Full Time students at the s
chool they set off for America on Wednesday 4th with SGH Golf Tours for their six day trip. The trip was to include five nights all inclusive accommodation, three rounds of golf and a hospitality ticket to the fourth and final day of the 82nd Masters Tournament.

They stayed at the 4* Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbia described as a lovely hotel with great facilities and very friendly and welcoming staff.  On the Saturday they began their playing on Thursday at Cobblestone Park Golf Club. The following day they then played Woodcreek Private Members Golf Club. It was a shot gun start team event which was described as being great fun working together as a team. On their third and final playing day on the Saturday they played Jonescreek Park Golf Club. The courses were described as excellent with a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. With lots of water hazards and extremely quick greens all three courses provided a great challenge but also provided great rewards.

So then it was time for the Masters! It was the 5th day of the trip and the day everyone had been eagerly awaiting. A hospitality ticket for the final day of the Masters can only be described as golfing heaven and both Gareth and Jules had experienced it. An experience described as overwhelming with a certain wow factor to it and a place where you could feel the history surrounding it along with the sheer perfection of the golf course itself it was most definitely going to leave a lasting impression.

When asked was Augusta National Golf Course what you expected Jules’ immediate response was ‘No. It exceeded my expectations greatly. I expected it to be perfect of course with the perfect fairways and greens but the design of the course along with the undulations and the lush green grass made it picture perfect. The wildlife was amazing also’. 

Throughout the day there was plenty to see but so much they didn’t want to miss. They managed to visit every hole on the course apart from the 6th, 16th and the 17th which was a fantastic effort! The most notable players they watched during play were Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed (Champion), Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood. It’s certainly not every day you get to watch world class players. They were treated to many incredible shots throughout the day. However the one that stood out the most and indeed the best shot they witnessed all day was that of Tiger Woods’ on the par three 4th Hole when he struck his iron shot to within 4ft of the hole to make birdie.  

Having spent a total of 12 hours at Augusta National Golf Club  there was plenty of other things to experience not only the golf. A huge Professional Shop, the famous food and beverage and of course meeting a few other famous people to go with it. The Pro Shop could only be described as huge accommodating approximately 1000 at one time with a vast array of merchandise on sale. Needless to say there was some time and money spent here! There was then of course the food and beverage. With the famous Egg Salad sandwich only costing $1.50  and a drink $2.00 this represented the uniqueness and the value at the Masters.

Among the most famous people they met was Rick Shiels. Known for his Youtube reviews across the U.K for all the top Golf manufacturers Jules was lucky enough to meet him and get his picture taken whilst having a quick chat.

As the day drew to a close and with more patrons in attendance than ever before that week they managed to get the perfect view by the 18th green to witness the 82nd Masters champion Patrick Reed clinch the winning putt and claim the famous Green Jacket. A memory that will no doubt be ingrained in their minds forever.

A fantastic day throughout and one they certainly will not forget. The most memorable moment relived from Jules, ‘When I walked through the entrance to Augusta National and seen the practice range first hand it really hit me just how amazing this place was’. Gareth’s most memorable moment came watching World No.1 golfer Dustin Johnson hitting driver off the second tee. Gareth described it as ‘an absolute pleasure to see him hit the ball and how far it travels. He said he will never be able to explain the sound the driver makes when he strikes the ball’. Gareth has already informed us that he has already started saving for next year!





   

American Golf Partnership

Follow the link to a recent article in Golf Business News...

https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/american-golf-continues-partnership-with-darren-clarke-golf-school-in-belfast/
 

GOLF AND THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION



“Without patience, we will learn less in life” – Mother Teresa

The millennial generation born during the late 90’s and 00’s have grown up with constant access to technology, e.g. mobile phones, laptops, tablets, smart televisions, etc. How has this shaped their experience of the world?

Technology and fast access to the Internet has provided millennials with a world where instant gratification is only a few ‘taps’ away. For example in a matter of seconds, goods and services can be purchased online with next day delivery, movies, television shows, and music videos can be downloaded, and a blind date can be arranged by a mere swipe of a finger.

There is little doubt that the existence of this technology has improved quality and certainly convenience of life. But it is possible that the expectation of instant gratification (and to receive things so quickly) will have a negative effect when it spills into other areas of their lives?

The demand for instant results are becoming part of everyday life. However, this is making us more impatient which I would argue doesn’t match the patience required for effective skill acquisition in golf.  

To improve (and especially in a sport as difficult as golf) one needs to be patient. Learning is a process that involves time and practice. 

Fitts and Posner's three-stage model of learning suggests that during the early stage of learning (the Cognitive Stage), performance is characterised by a large number of errors. I.e., when a golfer is trying to make improvements to their swing, it is not uncommon for performance results to fall during this early phase of learning. 

As their expectation is instant gratification, and thus instant success, do millennial golfers have the patience to work through this early stage that is riddled with errors? At the school we have witnessed a number of young golfers quit a particular drill (designed to improve their technique over time) because instant success was not achieved as they had expected.

We therefore as parents and coaches need to spend more time on educating the millennials on the process of skill acquisition, creating a more realistic timeline and understanding of the improvement process. We need to instil that patience is a virtue, and create an environment where young golfers are reminded of the advantages of perseverance. A lot of things that are valuable take time. 

As part of the improvement process at the Darren Clarke Golf School, we ask young golfers to spend time reflecting and to use critical thinking in assessing their performance and planning for the future. 



   

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