Meet The Team
Head PGA Professional
Sean was introduced to golf by his parents at the age of 13. It was by no means an instant love affair, but by the age of 16 he was hooked, playing 36 holes a day in the summer (and sometimes more), with a great group of friends in Thurles Golf Club. They are still best friends to this day and all still play. Just one of the great benefits of this wonderful game of ours, it's a game for life.
Sean turned pro in 2002 as an assistant to Raymond Ryan in Athenry. He played numerous assistant pro events during his training years, finishing in the top 10 on a few occasions but never getting a win. Fittingly, his first win came with a tied first place in the Athenry Pro-Am in 2017.
He really developed a love for coaching during his years as an assistant professional. His passion for it remains to this day. It doesn't matter if it is a complete beginner hitting their first shot in the air or one of the elite players shooting a 66, it's great to be able to help students improve at all levels.
"I am very fortunate to be working in an environment, with such fantastic practice facilities and a great course. it makes my job so much more enjoyable!"
Assistant PGA Professional
Sean was introduced to the game at an early age of 10 by his dad Tom. Tom joined Sean in the junior programme here at Athenry Golf Club where he availed of junior lessons most Saturdays growing up.
Throughout the junior ranks Sean's love for the game grew. Sean represented our club at top junior and senior amateur golf level. He was part of the All-Ireland winning Fred Daly team back in 2010, the same year he was awarded the Connacht boys Order of Merit. Sean has also represented his province at both junior and senior level, to where he was part of the Connacht Senior winning Inter Provincial team in 2011.
Now in his final year as an assistant professional, Sean has found a love for coaching. He hopes to keep growing the game and help golfers reach their full golfing potential, as the previous Head Professional Raymond Ryan and current Head Professional Sean Whelan has done for him.