Ashley first came to Barwon Heads as trainee professional in 1991 under Martin Stolz and went on to achieve distinction as Australian Trainee of the Year. He followed this up with an excellent playing career, winning the Victorian PGA Order of Merit and having several top finishes in major Australian events.
In 1997 the opportunity then arose for Ashley to become one of our Head Professionals. It is a role he has tackled with enthusiasm and enjoyment ever since as he continually seeks new ways to meet the member’s needs.
Ashley has now been one of the Head Professionals at The Barwon Heads Golf Club for more than 20 years. He considers it a privilege to work in a club so steeped in rich history and tradition.
Ian has been at Barwon Heads since 2001 and in late 2007 assumed the position as joint Head Professional, commencing a partnership with Ashley Andrews. Ian has a strong experience as a PGA Professional and has the distinction of being one of only a handful of Master Professionals in Australia.
The Master Professional status is achieved through many years of sustained excellence in coaching and clubfitting, as well as undertaking continuous education in all facets of the game through the PGA Academy.
Ian is thoroughly enjoying his role at Barwon Heads. He looks forward to continuing to serve the needs of the members and to uphold the traditions of one of the country’s leading Golf Clubs.
Jess Bramble joined the golf shop several years ago and has become a popular and enthusiastic member of the team. Jess grew up in Swan Hill, playing junior golf at Murray Downs before moving to Ballarat in 2008 to commence her PGA traineeship.
Jess then spent the next four years working at Ballarat Golf Club, completing her traineeship in December 2011 and graduating as a full PGA member, winning the 2011 Victorian Trainee of the Year along the way.
Jess continued as an Assistant Professional at Ballarat for the next year, running golf operations and conducting many lessons and clinics. Jess is currently available for lessons on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Saturday’s.
Michelle was one of the first females to become a full member of the PGA in Australia completing her Traineeship at the National Golf Club in 1996. Her 30 years of experience in the golf industry ranges from course/pro shop management to the State Coach in both the senior and junior development for Women’s Golf Victoria. Michelle has been coaching for over 25 years and her passion is in coaching at all levels but specializing in women’s golf and the development of the beginner golfer, guiding them from their first grip to getting a handicap.
Michelle is renowned for building and maintaining long term relationships with her clients and she takes great pride in seeing her clients achieving their goals. Her coaching philosophy is very simple with the main focus being on understanding the basic fundamentals and alignment.
Mark grew up in Sydney and completed his Traineeship at Muirfield Golf Club. He then went to Mudgee Golf Club where he spent 20 years as the Club Professional, before working at Forster and Tuncurry Golf Clubs as an Assistant Professional.
Mark has recently moved to Victoria to join the team at Barwon Heads and loves the rich traditions and history of the club. He is passionate about the game of golf and loves to coach all levels of players to help them achieve their goals and gain maximum enjoyment out of the game.
Jarryd is a PGA Professional having completed his PGA Traineeship in 2020 at the Country Club in Tasmania where as a trainee Jarryd received top academic honours nation-wide across all three year levels.
At the end of 2020 Jarryd begun working as a Coaching Professional at the Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne, having a strong focus in women’s beginner clinics and junior development. Now an Assistant Professional at Barwon Heads Jarryd is looking forward to helping many more golfers learn, improve and enjoy their golf.
Outside of golf Jarryd enjoys spending time with his partner Kaitlan and is an avid guitarist and music enthusiast.