INTERNATIONALLY respected Australian golf coach Steve Bann has been named as the 2010 PGA Teacher of the Year.
Bann has been recognisied not just for his coaching of the likes of Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby and K.J. Choi, but for his continued and developing commitment to all levels of the game since becoming a PGA Member in 1983.
His work has included designing and implementing the Victorian Institute of Sport Golf Program of which he was also the head coach from 1991-1997.
“There are so many high calibre golf coaches amongst the PGA membership so to be selected is an honour,” Bann said this week.
“It is made particularly great by the fact that I have won this award based on the voting by my fellow members.”
Bann made special mention of his business partner Dale Lynch with whom he has worked with since the 1970’s and to the many other coaches that he has learnt from along the way.
“I’ve always found that by working with other golf coaches and sharing ideas, the cumulative knowledge is always far greater than trying to do things by yourself.”
“The opportunities that being a professional golf coach has given me have taken me far and wide and its something I’m very excited about and I really enjoy what I’m doing.”
Max Garske, CEO of the PGA, congratulated Bann on his achievement.
“Steve Bann is a credit to the PGA and his fellow members and a very deserving winner,” Garske said.
“Steve is a fine example of the high calibre of teaching professionals that we have amongst our membership, and he has contributed significantly to the reputation of Australian PGA Members the world over.”
The PGA Teacher of the Year is awarded the ‘Ross Herbert Award’ in memory of the late Ross Herbert who was the inaugural Head Coach of the AIS Golf program and a PGA member for 20 years.