PGA Professional - Who We Are
Donal McSweeney: Head PGA Professional
“I believe that in order for students to change their bad habits, they must first understand why they are making a correction and what the correction will do”
Donal turned Professional in 1996 following a successful amateur career which included a two year period in London playing. He spent three years studying a HND in Golf Studies at Kingston University, which included playing, teaching and club fitting.
Donal is an expert in the use of video analysis technology and is currently working with golfers at all levels of the game including professionals, Nationally ranked players, Provincial players, and has coached and club fitted the Munster Ladies and Girls teams from 2002 to 2007. He is also the Limerick County Coach for the Golfing Union of Ireland.
Donal has a long association with Munster Rugby and is the official TaylorMade Club fitter to the team.
In 2013 he was involved in the opening of Ballyneety Golf Club and Driving Range where he is now based. Donal has recently been appointed the PGA Professional for Lahinch Golf Club.
Alan O'Sullivan: Teaching Professional
Alan is a professional from Dublin with 12 years coaching experience. Having trained in The Royal Dublin Golf Club under the tutelage of Leonard Owens, Alan took up a position in Ballybunion as a qualified assistant to the Head Professional Brian O'Callaghan and combined this role with coaching the clubs members as well as working in the local primary school and with their autistic unit.
Alan has worked with players of all abilities but has a particular interest in coaching children and as a qualified SNAG instructor has set up many classes in schools around the country.
He is a keen student of the swing and has attended many education development courses to further his knowledge. These include The Quintic Putting Laboratory with Dr. Paul Hurrion, The Putting Workshop with the renowned Dr. Craig Farnsworth and Passion for the Short Game with European Tour Coach Gary Smith.
Walter Doyle: Operations Manager
Walter began playing golf aged 21 in Thurles Golf Club and represented the club in the Munster Final of the Barton Shield (2007/2009) and the Senior Cup (2008).
Walter went on to join the Professional Golfers Association in 2011 while playing off a scratch handicap. He trained in Cahir Park Golf Club under David Ryan. Walter holds a number of academic professional qualifications from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). These include a National Diploma in Business Studies in Recreation and Leisure; a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Management and a Master of Arts in Sports Studies (Research). Walter is an avid sports enthusiast especially GAA, golf, kayaking, running and swimming.
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