Smith Attrill Golf Academy at 13th Beach Golf Links is delighted to offer club members and visitors ~ Certified PGA Professionals | Advanced – Coaching.

Scott Smith

scott-smithCertified PGA Professional | Advanced – Coaching.

Scott has been a local in the Geelong region for more than 30 years. He first started playing golf at the age of 12 at the Torquay Golf Club.

As an amateur, Scott represented both junior and senior GDGA representative teams and had numerous successful amateur tournaments. After finishing VCE, Scott left Geelong heading north for Cairns to work in the Golf industry at Paradise Palms Golf Course. A short time later, having been inspired by the Club Professional, Scott realised his real passion was to become a Teaching Professional. John Van Der Veen offered Scott the opportunity to commence his Golf Traineeship at Torquay Golf Club in 1997.

Over the next 3 years Scott was introduced to Coaching golfers of all skill levels. Scott was so passionate about Teaching Golf, his future was clear. On completion of his Professional Golf Traineeship, Scott was awarded a ‘Diploma in Professional Golf’ from the PGA Academy of Golf.

Immediately, Scott was successful with his application for a Golf Coaching position at Orchid Country Club in Singapore, chosen over several outstanding candidates. After 10 months in Singapore, Scott was heading for home having accepted a position as the Head Professional at 13th Beach Golf Links.

Scott arrived in Australia for the opening of 13th Beach Golf Links in December 2001. Scott was about to commence his Golf Coaching business at a brand new golf club without a client on his books, a card table as a desk and a home made black box to shelter his computer from the elements. The Golf Academy and Driving Range at 13th Beach has now grown to service more than one thousand Golf Club Members and it’s many visitors. In 2007 Garry Middleton (Attrill) was appointed as a Teaching Professional to assist with the growth of the Academy. Scott and Garry’s passion for coaching led them into a Business Partnership during 2007. Now known as ‘SMITH ATTRILL GOLF ACADEMY’.

Scott is a ‘Titleist Staff Professional’ and has been a PGA Professional since the year 2001. With his ever increasing reputation and profile as a Golf Coach, this led him to feature as a regular PGA Guest Editor for the magazine publication ‘Golf Australia’ between 2009 – 2013.

Garry Middleton (Attrill)

garry-attrillCertified PGA Professional | Advanced – Coaching.

Garry is a ‘Local’ to the Geelong region. He first began playing golf as a 13 y/o junior member at East Geelong Golf Club. As an amateur, Garry played twice in the Australian Junior Amateur Championships and represented the GDGA with success in both Junior and Senior representative teams.

Garry first began work in a Geelong Golf Retail store while still at school. Here he was fortunate to work for PGA Golf Professional, Alan Schenk. This experience was influential in his decision to pursue a career as a Golf Professional.

At the age of 19, Garry began a Golf Traineeship at the Anglesea golf club. The summer of 1992 was his first introduction to Teaching Golf, initially with Junior clinics and Ladies beginner clinics. He completed the final year of his Golf Traineeship in 1995 at the Barwon Heads golf club. Garry’s major Trainee honors included a victory in the 1995 South Australian Trainee Championship, 2nd N.S.W. Championship in 1994 and a top 10 finish in the Australian Futures Trainee Championship in 1994. He also experienced his first Pro- Am victory whilst still a Trainee in 1994. Garry graduated from the PGA Academy of Golf with a ‘Diploma in Professional Golf’.

From 1995 – 1998, Garry played golf Professionally throughout Australia playing many Four round tournaments and Pro- Ams. Garry continued to play golf regularly on the Victorian Pro-Am circuit until 2007.

In 1998, Garry commenced a Club Professional position at the Queenscliff Golf Club.  After more than 8 years at QGC as head Professional, he sought a change from daily Golf Shop operations. Garry’s enthusiasm for golf and his desire to share this passion lead him to become a full time Golf Coach.

Garry commenced his coaching role in January 2007 at the 13th Beach Golf Academy with Scott. Garry, already a member at 13th Beach, believed the Golf Academy and Driving Range facilities were truly world class. A short time later, Scott and Garry formed a partnership, now known as ‘SMITH ATTRILL GOLF ACADEMY’.

Garry has been a PGA Professional since 1996 and is a ‘Titleist Staff Professional’. Garry has more than 30 years of Golf Club Fitting knowledge and experience to assist you with the best suited equipment for your golfing needs.

With an ever increasing reputation and profile as a Golf Coach, Garry was a contributing golf writer for the ‘Golf Australia Magazine’ publication between 2009 – 2013. Garry has also featured on T.V. in recent years with Golfing World and Fox Sports, ‘The Golf Show’.

Anthony Bergin

Certified PGA Professional | Advanced – Coaching

Level 2 Certified Capto Putting Coach

Anthony was born in Bentleigh and lived there for the first 9 years of his life before the family moved to Portarlington. Being a keen sportsman, Anthony was introduced to the game of golf by his father at Portarlington Golf Club at the age of 10. He quickly became hooked on the sport and would often play cricket or football on a Saturday morning and then spend the rest of the day at Portarlington Golf Club.

During his amateur golfing years Anthony achieved many accolades, including some of the following: Part of the Geelong and District Senior teams from 1998 until 2000, Part of the 2000 Victorian State squad, Club champion at Portarlington Golf Club from 1995 until 2000, Club champion at Queenscliff Golf Club 1999 and 2000, Course record holder at Northern Golf Club (64), Portarlington Golf Club (66), Queenscliff Golf Club (66), Numerous Club open titles and achieved a +4 handicap in the year 2000.

In 2001 Anthony began his 3 year Professional Golf Association Traineeship under Garry Middleton at Queenscliff Golf Club and 3 years later became an accredited PGA member. For the first few months of 2004 Anthony tried his luck on the Australian Golf Circuit and tasted victory in the Trafalgar Pro Am. However, he quickly found that his passions were elsewhere and started mixing up his routines by becoming interested in helping the average golfer become a better player and helping them achieve goals they thought were not achievable.

In 2007, Anthony became employed by The House of Golf Geelong, where he mixed his passion of golf with teaching, club fitting and retail.

In July 2010, The House of Golf Geelong and Anthony took over the Pro Shop at Clifton Springs Golf Club.  Anthony enjoyed being able to listen to golfing stories from the members of the club and the general public, whilst also enjoying being able to give golf tuition to members and the general public.

Anthony is a Level 2 Certified Capto Putting Coach.  Capto’s software is the hottest item in golf at the moment and is growing rapidly worldwide.  Phil Kenyon, arguably the worlds best putting coach, uses the software on most of his students, including players like Justin Rose and Franceso Molinari.