• International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE)

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Our vision is that IIGE becomes a nationally and internationally recognised golf education institute which utilises its research, industry links, staff work placements, and student cohorts, to inform the development of golf policy and underpin the student learning experience.

Expertise and subject area

The International Institute for Golf Education’s (IIGE) research forums are predominantly in areas of skill acquisition and player development. We have four sports Professors who supervise staff and student Phd and Masters level research in golf. Current areas of study include –

  • The Globalisation of the European Tour
  • An International Comparison of Elite Player Development Programmes
  • The Long Term Athletic Development of Elite Adolescent Golfers : Deliberate Play versus Deliberate Practice
  • What Makes an Elite Golf Coach
  • Sustainable Golfing Developments
  • Sustainable Golf Course Management
  • Golf England Participation Rates and Golf Club Memberships: An Investigative Study
  • Positive and Negative Mental Imagery in Golf Putting
  • Anxiety, Stress and Golf Coping Strategies
  • Gender Imbalances in Professional Golf

We also work with the Professional Golfers Association, the English Golf Union, and the PGA of Europe. UCLan is also contracted to develop the Level 4 UK Coaching Certificate, and is working hard to embed golf’s requirements into its developmental planning.

Golf Development

The International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) offers students a range of golf development opportunities which they can access in combination with their academic studies. These include: state-of-the-art practice and training facilities, a dedicated and enthusiastic staff team, a range of competitive golf opportunities, and playing scholarships.


The International Institute for Golf Education’s (IIGE) facilities are based at its centres on the main campus and at Myerscough College, a partner college of UCLan on the outskirts of Preston. Facilities include:

  • 9 hole golf course
  • Driving range
  • Outdoor and indoor chipping and pitching areas
  • Outdoor and indoor putting greens
  • Indoor video analysis and swing practice rooms.
  • Indoor golf simulators.
  • Human movement and projectile analysis room
  • 3-D biomechanical analysis
  • GASP, V1, A-Star, Dartfish, and Quintic analysis systems
  • 2 cardio-vascular gyms
  • 2 strength and conditioning rooms
  • Exercise rooms for core stability programmes.

IIGE students also benefit from access to practice facilities at
Blackpool North Shore GC, Morecambe GC, St. Anne’s Old Links and at Garstang Golf Club and Driving Range where preferential membership rates are also available.

Squads and teams

The International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) operates a number of competitive teams. These include:

Higher Education

UCLan 1st Team – compete in the BUCS Northern Premier League

UCLan 2nd Team – compete in the BUCS Northern 1A Division.

IIGE Ladies Team – compete against county squads and academies.

Further Education

AASE Team – compete in the Golf England Academy National League

Myerscough College – compete in the British Colleges events.

All teams have bespoke squad training days and access to warm weather training camps in Portugal and Spain. In addition, senior squads compete in challenging matches against national golf associations.


Warm weather training

The International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) students have the opportunity to attend warm weather training camps in Portugal and Spain. The camps focus on all areas of player development and utilise some of the best practise facilities in Europe. This year camps have taken place and are planned in Villamoura, Portugal, Arcos Gardens and Montecastillo, Spain.

Competitive golf 

In addition to the team golf competitive structure, the International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) operates two stroke play individual tours; the Prospects Tour and the Collegiate Tour. The two tours operate on an Order of Merit which runs over 15 events at courses around the country. The Top 10 places from each Tour qualify for their own Tour Finals which are played over 72 holes in Villamoura, Portugal.

Events and News


IIGE provides its students and partners with a wide range of events and competitions during the season. These include the season long Collegiate and Prospects Tours, representative leagues; British Universities and Colleges, British Colleges, English Colleges, and the Golf England Academy League, national and international matches, and a variety of corporate, sponsorship and charity events. To find out what's happening with the British Universities and Colleges events and tournaments.

Courses and Postgraduate Study

Higher Education Golf Courses:

Myerscough College, Preston
BA (Hons) Golf Coaching & Performance (Top Up)
BA (Hons) Golf Management (Top-up)
FdA Golf Management
Golf Performance & Coaching

Work experience

Integral to all qualifications offered through the International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) are the vocational skills developed in parallel to academic learning.
All students must complete a work experience module which involves students from various levels participating in activities including –
Working on the European Tour
Delivering coaching sessions
Organising an event
Golf course maintenance activities
Working with school partnerships


The International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) has operated an internship golf programme in the US for over 10 years. Students have the opportunity to work at some of the most prestigious golf resorts in the world and gain behind the scenes experience at some of the biggest International Tournaments. IIGE holds the prestigious title of placing :

  • The first female intern to work at Augusta, Georgia
  • The first golf management interns to work at the Sea Island Golf Resort
  • Golf interns at Oakmont, Pinehurst, Palm Springs, Hilton Head, Wachovia, Valhalla, and many more. Our partnership with OSU ensures our students receive the best support available and have staff onside should they experience any difficulties.


The philosophy of the IIGE coaching team is to introduce players to as many alternative training techniques as possible. This allows players to make informed and educated decisions on which elements they adopt into their individual training programmes. IIGE coaches work with students’ own coaches in order to reinforce technical changes and support the golfer’s development. Our aim is to offer students a holistic approach to their development. All our golfers are different and as such they ultimately attach value to different performance methods, techniques, lifestyle approaches etc. Within IIGE we offer the golfer the space and scope to experiment and find those elements which complement the individual’s own personality.

Staff Profiles

David Grecic – Director - International Institute for Golf Education
David is responsible for delivering the IIGE 2008-2012 Strategy and Operational Plan. He is an experience sports manager and is currently working on a PhD in Elite Player Development.

Christopher Pinkett – Assistant Director - International Institute for Golf Education
Christopher is the Head of Sport at Myerscough College and is responsible for the management of over 70 golf, sport and sports turf staff. He has a wide remit which covers Higher and Further Education, and work-based training programmes.

Rick Daniels – Elite Squad Manager / Collegiate Tour Manager
Rick is a qualified PGA professional and experienced county and international player. Previous roles also include Director of Golf at Marriott Worsley Park, and full-time lecturer. He manages the Elite Squad Training Programme and co-ordinates the coaches and sport scientists input. Rick also initiated both of IIGE’s competitive golf tours, and still manages all aspects of the Collegiate Tour.

Richard Fox-Andrews – Academic Golf Coordinator
Richard coordinates the wide range of IIGE academic courses. These range from introductory First Diploma to degree level and also include a number of coaching qualifications that are available to the students.

Craig Lea – Head Professional / Elite Squad Coach
Craig manages IIGE’s team of PGA professionals and golf coaches. He is a previous winner of the Faldo Junior Series so empathises with the students’ stage of development. Craig is also the Elite Squad Coach and is responsible for all the practical elements of the squad’s coaching days and warm weather training camps.


Stuart Brown – Head of Sports Turf
Stuart oversees the academic Sportsturf team and is proactive in ensuring IIGE students gain valuable work experience in the industry. Stuart is currently working on his MRes/PhD in the area of Sustainable Golf Course Development.

Andy Owen – Sports Turf Researcher and Senior Lecturer
Andy joined IIGE after working at the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). He has a PhD in agronomy and now continues his research in the area of Sustainable Golfing Developments.

Matthew Ellis – Professional / Golf Psychologist

Matthew is a former Welsh National Champion who turned professional and toured extensively. He is now a full-time lecturer on the degree programmes and offers sport psychology support to the Elite Squad. Matthew is currently studying his PhD in Golf Coaching Theory.

Claire Brown – Professional / AASE Coordinator / Ladies’ Squad Manager

Claire has worked in industry before joining IIGE. She is responsible for coordinating all elements of the AASE programme in order to ensure the holistic development of our golfers. In addition Claire is the manager of our successful ladies squad.

Rick Hayman – Golf Psychologist
Rick is a full-time lecturer and researcher. He offers golf psychology support to the squads whilst undertaking his PhD which is focussed on the Long Term Athletic Development of Elite Adolescent Golfers.

John Fry – Golf Lecturer
John is a county level golfer who lectures on the golf degree programmes. John has a socio-cultural academic background and his current PhD study is focussed on the Globalisation of the European Tour.

Scott Shields – Professional
Scott is a PGA professional who is responsible for the coaching of the First Diploma Students. Scott’s philosophy and coaching focus lies in the fundamentals of grip, posture, and balance.

Laura Johnson – FE Golf Lecturer
Laura is a county ladies golfer who joined IIGE after working for the PGA events team. Laura’s golfing background ensures that she fully understands the demands placed on the students and the difficulty of balancing a study routine around a competitive golfing programme.

 Stuart Blair – Professional / AASE Squad Coach
Stuart is an IIGE alumni who returned following a career in industry to focus on Junior Player Development. He is now responsible for the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) golf squad managing the practical training days and warm weather training camps.

Phil Davis – Golf Coach
Phil is a EPG Golf Coach who has worked extensively in the US at the Julian Krinski Golf Academy. Phil brings with him a wealth of experience and a thorough understanding of the pressure environment in which the students will have to excel.

Paul Hollinrake – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Paul is a BOWLA, ASM, and REPS accredited strength and conditioning coach. Paul works with elite athletes from many fields of sport but has now specialised on golf fitness programmes for the last 6 years. Paul’s own area of research is in the development of golfers applicable strength following a structured programme of fitness intervention.

Katie Walls – Sports Turf and Golf Course Management Lecturer
Katy was a county golfer who is now focussed on a career in Golf Course Management and Design. Her research focus lies in the bio-diversity of golf course development.

Terry Robinson – Sports Turf and Golf Course Management Lecturer
Terry is an experienced Greenkeeper and Sports Turf Consultant who has worked on many projects in the UK and overseas.

Golf Consultants

IIGE also thanks its Golf Consultants who contribute valuable industry experience into the entire Golf Development Programme. Our consultants include:

  • Gary Butler, European Tour Referee
  • Paul Eales, IGC Master Coach and European Tour Winner
  • Simon Fletcher, Fellow of the PGA, GB & I Coach http://www.golfcoach.uk.com/
  • Gary Wolstenholme, England caps, GB and I player, Walker Cup appearances, Amateur victories.


Blackpool North Shore

English Golf Union

Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club

The R&A Working for Golf

The Professional Golf Association



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Adams Golf


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Funkd Golf are a UK based business who specialise in manufacturing and retailing golf grips and other golf accessories.

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Additional Information


International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) graduates now populate many areas of the golf industry. Students have used their skills, experience and contacts gained within the Institute to forge successful careers within the game.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer a huge congratulations to all of our graduates that are following the careers in golf that they have always dreamed of. We are very proud of you and wish you all the best in the future.

Russell Mayne – Director of Golf. Manchester Marriott, Worsley Park.

Richard Daniels – Course Tutor, Foundation Degree Golf Management, Myerscough College.
Manager – Collegiate & Prospects Golf Tours. 
PGA Qualified Golf Professional

Stuart Blair – Senior Golf Academic Instructor, Myerscough College. 
PGA Qualified Golf Professional.

David Astin – Tour Professional – PGA Europro Tour

Craig Lea – FD Golf Course Tutor, Myerscough College.
PGA Qualified Golf Professional

Andrew Chadwick - PGA Events Coordinator.

Phil Davies – Golf Academic Instructor, Myerscough College
Director of Golf Julian Krinsky School of Golf, Philadelphia.

Michael Jones – Tour Professional – PGA Europro Tour
Sports Agent, Owen Promotions.

Andrew Marr – Director of Golf and Internships, Julian Krinsky School of Golf, Philadelphia.

Matthew Fagan – Golf Operations Manager, Sea Island, USA.

Matthew Green – Tour Professional – PGA Europro Tour
EDP Tour, Germany

Carl Sarahs – PGA of America Professional Golfer, Utah, USA.

Jamie Linnell – Company Representative, Titleist.

Richard Brey – Golf Services Supervisor, Celtic Manor.

Rob Jackson – Golf Services Operative, Celtic Manor.

Pete Rishworth – Director of Golf, Marriott Hollins Hall, Leeds.

Steven Webster – Golf Services Supervisor, Marriott Hollins Hall, Leeds.

Sophie Dawkins – Events Supervisor, Marriott Hollins Hall, Leeds.

Laura Johnstone – PGA Events Coordinator.

Stewart Claire – Professional Club Fitter, Truefit Golf,
1 Cross Lane Farm Cottage, Widnes Road, Cuerdley, Warrington

Stephen Deane – PGA Qualified Golf Professional, Royal County Down.

Liam Cregan – PGA Qualified Golf Professional, The Belfry.

James Frow – PGA Qualified Golf Professional, The Belfry.

Michael Deane – Assistant Manager, American Golf Discount, Manchester.

Iain Pearson –Tour Director Midwest Collegiate Series, Michigan, USA.

Nairn Riddick – Professional Club Fitter, Truefit Golf
1 Cross Lane Farm Cottage, Widnes Road, Cuerdley, Warrington

Richard Allen – Company Representative, Titleist.
British and European Long Drive Champion.

Stephen Kavanagh – PGA Qualified Golf Professional, St. Margaret’s GC, Ireland.

Stephen Hindle – Retail Supervisor, Manchester Marriott, Worsley Park

Ross Parker – European Tour Caddy for Gary Lockerbie.

Andrew Bryce – Assistant Golf Professional. Quail Hollow, Charlotte, NC, USA.

Adam Rhodes – Company Representative, European Putting Greens.

James Webster – PHD Studentship and Lecturer, Loughborough University.

Jack Nunn - PHD Studentship and Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire.

Chris Hanson – Tour Professional – PGA Europro Tour

Ed Johnson – Europro Tour Event Coordinator.

Michael Wood – Europro Tour Event Coordinator.

Glen Lowry – Assistant Golf Professional, Ramside Hall GC.

Gareth Cooper – ND Golf Course Tutor, Myerscough College.

Joe Nalder – Golf Services Assistant, Rudding Park, Harrogate.

Brian Duncan – Golf services assistant, Celtic Manor.


The International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) can offer students a number of scholarship opportunities:

  • TASS – Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

IIGE is the North West deliverer for the Golf TASS programme. Here students with handicaps of 1 and better (male), and 4 and better (female) can qualify for up to £3500 per year to help pay for training and competition expenses. For more information please refer to http://www.tass.gov.uk/.

  • UCLan Sport Scholarship

IIGE offers golf specific scholarships for up to £2000 per year. Handicap criteria are 2 and below (male), 5 and below (female). Successful applicants are expected to represent the University in the BUCS Championships and be fully involved in the IIGE Elite Squad. For more information please refer to www.uclan.ac.uk/sport

  • R&A

Individual playing awards range from £500 up to £3000. Handicap criteria are +1 and below (male), 3 and better (female). In addition the R&A offers a number of bursaries for up to 6 IIGE students each year. For more information please refer to http://www.randa.org/

The International Institute for Golf Education (IIGE) delivers the AASE programme at Myerscough College in Preston. The Advanced Apprenticeships in Sporting Excellence programme is supported by Golf England and allows talented young golfers to continue their practical performance training whilst combining a full time study. Many AASE students are eligible for a FE TASS award of up to £1500 per year. AASE handicap criteria are 4 and below (male) and 8 and below (female).

Contact details:

David Grecic

Director of IIGE

University of Central Lancashire

Tel - +44 (0)1772 894237

Email – dgrecic1@uclan.ac.uk