Golf Shop Staff

John Corbett – Head Professional – Click here to book a lesson with John
After a successful Amateur and Professional playing career, John joined the Kooyonga Golf Club in July 2015. Having played around Australia and the world for nearly seven years, John brings with him a wealth of experience.John’s coaching philosophy relates to simplicity and clear instruction. Rather than making the game more difficult, he focuses on simplifying the game and providing golfers with clear practice regimes and goals to work towards. He has qualifications with the Titleist Performance Institute, Trackman Golf and is a full member of the Australian PGA where he holds an Advanced status in coaching.
John Corbett edit
Duard Nel – Assistant Professional – Click here to book a lesson with Duard
Having completed a Degree in Sports Management, Duard went on to complete a Diploma with the Professional Golfers Association of South Africa in 2009 where he currently holds AA member status.Duard has extensive experience in the industry with skills ranging from management within golf clubs and operations through to program coordinating, swing coaching and team management/mentoring.As a Uni student Duard was a member of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) golf team, winning the National Championship in 2005 and 2006. As PGA Professional he served on the PGASA Committee (Kwazulu Natal/ Freestate region) 2011/12, was nominated PGA Professional of the year 2013 and 2014 and also had success on the course in PGA events. As a past Club Champion and pennant player, Duard has a big passion for Club life.
Duard
Daniel Blackwell – Teaching Professional – Click here to book a lesson with Daniel
Daniel has embraced the calling of becoming a leading golf coach in the industry since becoming a full member of the PGA of Australia in 2007. A former Tasmanian State Coach, Daniel joins Kooyonga to help implement new coaching programs through our state-of-the-art golf academy. His enthusiasm and skill of having his students achieve results quickly led him to being awarded the South Australian Teaching Professional of the Year in 2014 and named in Australian Golf Digest’s list of Top 50 coaches in Australia. Daniel has qualifications with the Titleist Performance Institute, FocusBand & Operation 36 Junior Networks and is a High Performance Coach for Golf SA.
Susie Mathews – Golf Operations Manager – Click here to book a lesson with Susie
As a member of Kooyonga Golf Club since 1997, Susie Mathews started working at Kooyonga in 2012 as the Junior Development Officer before amalgamating her position with the Golf Operations Officer role in 2013. In May 2015, Susie was appointed as Golf Operations Manager in light of Kooyonga Golf Club commencing management of the Golf Shop services from August 2015. Having graduated from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies, Susie has also developed a strong background as a professional golfer. As a member of the ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf), she has played on the ALPG, Japanese LPGA and Chinese LPGA Tours. She was also a member of the winning UCLA Women’s Golf Team (2004) earning First-Team All-America honours and the winning South Australian State Women’s Golf Team (2006). In 2001 she was a finalist for the Australian Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, going on to win the Australian Ladies Foursomes Championship and then in 2002 the Kalmar Ladies Open (Sweden).
Susie Mathews edit
Duard Nel – Assistant Professional & Golf Shop Manager – Click here to book a lesson with Duard
Having completed a Degree in Sports Management, Duard went on to complete a Diploma with the Professional Golfers Association of South Africa in 2009 where he currently holds AA member status.Duard has extensive experience in the industry with skills ranging from management within golf clubs and operations through to program coordinating, swing coaching and team management/mentoring.As a Uni student Duard was a member of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) golf team, winning the National Championship in 2005 and 2006. As PGA Professional he served on the PGASA Committee (Kwazulu Natal/ Freestate region) 2011/12, was nominated PGA Professional of the year 2013 and 2014 and also had success on the course in PGA events. As a past Club Champion and pennant player, Duard has a big passion for Club life.
Duard
   
Deb Hocking – Golf Operations & Retail Assistant
Deb has an extensive background in sports and recreation management. She is passionate about sport and fitness and has a long history of playing high level hockey and in recent years has enjoyed participating in long distance running and triathlons. With a keen interest in golf, Deb is enjoying working in the golf industry at Kooyonga.
 Deb Hocking Cropped
Heath Riches – Golf Shop Assistant
Heath has been a part of several State representative teams, including his role as the 2015 Men’s Team Captain. He has been a member of Kooyonga Golf Club for ten years during which time he has won multiple club championships. He has also been a successful member and Captain of the Simpson Cup team.
 Heath Riches edit
Craig Weckert – Golf Shop Assistant
Craig has been a member of Kooyonga Golf Club for 17 years and is a former Captain of the Junior Pennant team and Simpson Cup player. He is also the inaugural winner of the Murray Crafter Cup, winning the Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championship in 2014.
Craig Weckert