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The Team

Daniel Hendriksen
PGA Head Professional

Dan turned professional in 2006 after a successful amateur career which saw him represent the Devon County Golf Union at all levels and winning the South West boys championship. In 2002 his golf took him across the pond to the United States where he mixed college golf with studying for a business degree at Webber International University in Florida.

Since turning professional Dan has worked at Saunton Golf Club and Churston Golf Club as an assistant where he honed his skills and enjoyed the mix of playing, retailing and coaching. In 2012 Dan moved his focus to Club management where he spent 3 1/2 years as Secretary Manager of Torquay Golf Club.

From a playing side, Dan still enjoys playing competitive golf and has won many PGA events throughout the County and South West which includes the Devon PGA Alliance Order of Merit in 2017. Dan still very much enjoys playing with members whether it be socially and in PGA events so don’t hesitate in contacting him if you would like to play.

Dan has a passion for coaching golfers of all ages and abilities. He believes that every player brings something different to the table whether they are a beginner or a professional. Dan likes to take examples from other sports that clients have played in order to help with communication. You will discover that learning the game is less complicated and that it can be natural and fun. His experience includes coaching all levels: ‘Intro to Golf‘, Devon County men, ladies & juniors and PGA professionals.

Laura Hendriksen
Class AA PGA Professional

Laura qualified as a PGA Professional in 2009 after a very successful amateur career. Laura represented England for 6 years from 2000 to 2006, she became England U18’s Champion in 2002 and England Amateur Champion in 2005, along with these achievements she turned professional at a handicap of +3.

Since turning professional Laura has won the Women’s PGA Order of Merit on three occasions winning in 2007, 2009 & 2012. Laura has also numerous course records around England and has played in a number of Ladies European Tour Events.

Laura now focuses her time on coaching players of all abilities and likes to keep things as simple as possible.

As well as enjoying coaching and taking care of her 2 young children, Laura looks forward to competing on the professional circuit again soon.

 

James Urquhart
Assistant Professional

PGA Head Coaching Professional

James turned professional in 2017 after a successful 15 years in the amateur game including a win at the Devon County Boys Championship, and winning the Devon Under 18’s order of merit in 2011. James was also part of the 2011 English County Finals  team up at Luffenham Heath. In 2014, James decided to leap the Atlantic pond and play 4 years of collegiate golf whilst studying Business Marketing at Webber International University in Florida.

James’s first posting as a PGA professional was to be Torquay Golf Club, where he started out as a shop assistant, and heading the junior coaching development programme. In the last 3 years, the programme has grown by over 300%, and is now at full capacity, an impressive increase of both boys and girls which James plans to retain. 

After finishing up his PGA Training in 2020, James was named Head Coaching Professional after becoming increasingly popular as a coach at the club, and in the region. James now heads all coaching operations, and has also become a key member of the Devon County Coaching Team.

James has a coaching style where he likes to use both video and Club data tracking technology with his students so that they come away with a wholistic understanding of their individual golf swing. James also strongly believes that each player has their own unique tendencies that should be used to enhance their game, and enrich their golfing experience.

During the first national lockdown, James began to do some heavy research into putting, and has now dedicated himself to becoming one of the foremost specialists in the country on this particular facet of the game.

SAM PuttLab is the worlds most accurate and comprehensive putt analysis and training system, and James has now completed his SAM PuttLab Level 3 Certification, making him the only qualified coach and fitting expert on SAM Putt Lab in the South West, and 1 of 10 coaches in the country.

James coaches golfers of all ages and abilities; from a new ‘Get into Golf’ initiative specifically for beginners, to the top amateur players and professionals in the region.

From a playing perspective, James has never lost the love for the game, and still plays in regional tournaments on a regular basis, already having 2 victories under his belt as a professional, and a plentiful amount of top 10’s to date.

If you would like to book a lesson or fitting in with James, or make a general coaching/custom fitting enquiry of any kind, please contact him on 07757 923764. 

Lester Barnes
Retail Manager

Lester has worked in the golf industry since 2004 when he turned professional. During his early amateur career he represented the Devon County Golf Union for 4 years and won the County Youth Championship in 2002.

During Lester’s 5 year career as an assistant professional he coached golf to players of all abilities and featured in many Pro Am events. His professional playing highlight came in 2005 when won the South West Winter Foursomes at Yelverton Golf Club. In 2009 he made a decision to return back to the amateur game and has since then won many local events whilst maintaining a scratch handicap.

Lester’s focus has always been on golf retail and in the past 7 years has dedicated his time to this area of the industry. He has managed two professional shops, run his own golf retail business and brings a wealth of knowledge to the shop and character to the team.