“Just follow your own path, whatever you want to do, there’s nothing you can’t do, that’s for sure.”
Watch our very own professional golfer Brad Hawkins talk about his journey and experiences on The Panel Show’s Play The Game series.
Our Golf Professionals
Brad is a qualified PGA Professional Golfer and Instructor. He grew up playing in esteemed company with Adam Scott and Matthew Jones and had one of the lowest handicaps in Australia for his age. Brad turned professional at the age of 24 playing tournaments around the South Pacific, Australia and the USA.
Brad has had some of the most extensive coaching experience for an Australian in the US receiving instruction from leading coaches including Dave Stockton Jr, Monte Schelimblum, Jeff Ritter, Bryan Lebedvitch, Dana Dalquist, Adam Porzac, Zac Allen, Billy McKinney and Gary Barter.
Shaun O’Toole your Australian tour co-host was Brad’s first ever coach and mentor. The tour’s Fiji co-host Krishna Singh has also been a lifelong guide and instructor to Brad.
Shaun has 43 years of Australian PGA experience with countless wins on the Pro Am circuits. He has a teaching background of Australian Amateur Champions, American Collegiate players, also state Junior Champions and Professionals. He has been nominated several times for PGA Coach of the year, most recently in 2017. Shaun is currently the Professional and Director of Golf at Kiama golf club where in the last 3 years has won 11 club Pennants including the last 3 Junior Pennants and the State Pennant.
Raymond is a qualified PGA Professional Golf Instructor. He has been playing golf for over 25 years, winning over 40 tournaments at junior and amateur level. Turning professional at 24, he developed his career playing on the South Pacific Tour.
Ray played in California and Arizona, whilst in the US he won three times on the Mini Tour Circuits. Ray has owned and run Precision Golf for the last 2 years teaching golfers of all levels and helping them improve their game through Precision Golf’s high tech centre.
Krishna has been a PGA professional for 30 years and has played on the Asian tour, Australian tour, USA tour, South Pacific tour and now the Australian legends tour in which he has won. Growing up he played with and against his brother, Vijay Singh. Krishna has coached in countries all over the world.
Brad comes to you with the experience and knowledge of the game of golf which spans over 27 years.
Starting golf at the tender age of 6, Brad Turned Professional in 2001. He has been a full-time player in the PGA, Asia, OneAsia, PgaTourChina Tours for over 10 years and is the only golfer in Australian tournament history to shoot 59 which he has done twice.
Richard is a pro golfer from New Zealand. He won the 1992 NZ Amateur, beating Michael Campbell in the final. He has been an Australasian Tour member for 17 years, an Asian Tour member for 8 years and a Japan Tour member for 10 years, and has played in over 50 European Tour events.
He held the course record with a 62 at Royal Melbourne until Ernie Els shot 60 and beat it, and was the first New Zealander to shoot 59 in a tournament. Richard won the Thailand Open in 2005.
Chris is a talented and skilful PGA Golf Professional with extensive coaching experience both in Australia and in the UK. Having qualified with distinction at the British PGA Academy in 2002, he initiated his career in Europe as a successful professional golfer, playing on the Challenge Tour and Euro Pro Tour.
Chris has been a full vocational member of the Australian PGA since 2004. His coaching experience in Australia includes 6 years at Moore Park Golf Academy, and 8 years at The Royal Sydney Golf Club, where he progressed to the position of Head Teaching Professional. Chris has built a reputation of being an outstanding golf coach, having been twice nominated for the NSW PGA Coach of the Year (2010 and 2017).
Chris enjoys teaching golfers of all levels of ability, and tailors his lessons in accordance with his students’ personal goals, using effective communication skills and always committed to deliver a positive outcome.