Armidale Golf Club professional Andrew Walkley has been rewarded for helping hone the skills of the region’s golfers with recognition at a state level.
Walkley was presented with the trophy for Teaching Professional of the Year at the recent NSW/ACT PGA awards ceremony in Sydney.
He has taught at Armidale Golf Club since 2012 and is honoured to win the award for helping others with their game.
"It was a little bit of a shock, I was nominated for that and club pro of the year but to win the teaching pro, I don't even know how to put it into words yet,” he said.
"It is just a fantastic achievement and I am really proud of it.
“A culmination of all the work I have put into golf for the last 20 or 30 years.”
Walkley played the sport before concentrating on coaching and has taught golf lovers of all ages. He has worked with Special Olympic programs as well as wheelchair golfers and said seeing someone achieve their goals in the sport drives him to keep going.
"The satisfaction of getting my message across to someone, helping them play better and enjoy the game more,” he said.
"It is just all about helping everyone to play their best.
“The skill in the art form is communication and looking at a swing and understanding what needs to be done and, more importantly, communicating that to the person in a way that they understand and then can do it.”