PGA Summit

We have a truly world class line up confirmed for the Titleist Footjoy PGA Summit taking place on Sunday 10th to Monday 11th September at the Remuera Golf Club in Auckland. With sessions covering not only coaching, but retail and the business of golf, the summit is shaping up to be a cracking two days of development and collaboration.


Denis McDade - Australian PGA Professional 

Voted the Victorian PGA Teacher of the Year in 2001 and the Australian Golf Digest Coach of the Year in 2008, Denis has a strong background in the development of elite level golfers. He has previously been involved in the Australian Institute of Sport Golf Program and had eleven years at the helm of the incredibly successful Victorian Institute of Sport Golf Program. Testament to the relationships he has developed over a number of years, Denis is currently working with a number of full time playing professionals, with Marc Leishman, Ashley Hall and Matthew Griffin all currently in action this week at the British Open at Royal Birkdale. Denis is also committed to the development of junior golf and creating programs that are effective and fun for juniors at all levels and currently heads up the TPI Junior Advisory Board.  


Dr Robert J Neal - Golf Biomechanist

Dr Robert Neal has been one of the leading authorities in the golf industry for the last 20 years. He established Golf BioDynamics (GBD) in 2000 with the intention of providing the best possible biomechanics service available to golfers and teaching professionals alike. With a PhD in Biomechanics, he went on to publish the world’s first article about the 3D kinematic sequence of the golf swing! Robert has had numerous appearances on The Golf Channel and has a close working relationship with Martin Hall and his show School of Golf.


Ian James - Retail Tribe

Ian has spent 25+ years working in, and for, the largest retailers around the world, including in the United States, as a professional, an executive, and as a consultant. His areas of specialty have included Business strategy, Supply Chain reorganization, Retail Marketing and Demand creation. That led him into working on programs to influence consumer behaviour and purchasing patterns, and then into the best ways to create brand loyalty within communities. Ten years ago a friend in the golf industry asked for some assistance at their golf club. RetailTribe has evolved into a company which is dedicated to helping to create increased participation and revenues in the golf industry. One of Ian's most recent sessions was the highest ranked session by attendees of the Golf Channel Coaching Summit in October 2016.


Karen Harrison - Athletic Development 

Currently the Director of Health and Athletic Development at the Bishops Gate Golf Academy in Orlando Florida, Karen heads up anything and everything to do with physical conditioning. With an extensive background in podiatry and postgraduate studies in both human movement and nutrition, Karen has been involved in the physical development for the last 17 years. With physical development and fundamental movement skills being such an integral part of their programs, it is pretty clear that Karen is a strong believer in a long-term approach to athletic development in the youth space. Her programs aim to give all juniors the opportunity to improve their physical literacy and to ensure that they have fun while acquiring the sound fundamental movement skills and athletic abilities (balance, co-ordination, posture, flexibility, strength and power) required to achieve their sporting goals


Marcus Wheelhouse - New Zealand PGA Professional 

Following on from his extensive playing background, Marcus has now been involved in the coaching space for well over 10 years. After formalising his coaching services into Wheelhouse Golf, he runs a very successful coaching business across a wide variety of spaces in the golf industry. In addition to a vibrant junior program at the Akarana Golf Club, delivering great consumer focused corporate days across the country, he is also currently working with a number of New Zealand’s established and up and coming players including Ryan Fox, Michael Hendry, Daniel Pearce and Fraser Wilkin. Marcus will be leading off on Monday morning with a session that will touch on his journey to where he is at now, the establishment of his coaching business as well as his work with two of our leading players, Ryan Fox and Michael Hendry.


Simon Thomas - New Zealand PGA Professional

 St Peters Golf Academy.


Grant Fox - All Black Legend / Current Selector

After finishing up his playing career as one of our most potent point scorers in test history, and a Rugby World Cup winner in 1987 no less, he has been involved in and around high performance cultures ever since. A current All Black selector and father to current 21st place holder on the Race to Dubai leader board, he certainly knows a thing or two about long term athletic development and establishing an environment that develops both the person and the athlete. Grant will be closing off the PGA summit sharing some thoughts on the cross overs between rugby and golf and how you can help instil a lifelong passion for sport. He will also open the floor for some of your questions and throw in a few tales along the way



Remuera Golf Club, 120 Abbotts Way, Remuera, Auckland


Sunday 10th – Monday 11th September, 2017


Featuring, Dr Robert J Neal, Denis McDade, Ian James (Retail Tribe), Karen Harrison (Bishops Gate Golf Academy), Marcus Wheelhouse, Simon Thomas and All Black legend Grant Fox! 


NZPGA Members: Two Day $495.00, Single Day $295.00

Non-NZPGA Members: Two Day $795.00, Single Day $475.00
Click the following link for updated information on sessions and timings /clubs/1028/uploads/PGA Summit Flyer 030817.pdf


Contact Josh Longney on to register your attendance.