Name: Dominic Barson

Age: 49

Position: Head Professional at New Plymouth Golf Club.


What was your first exposure to the game of golf?

Trying to hit the ball at my local school during the school holidays. I became addicted to golf almost instantly.


How did that exposure decide to become a PGA Professional?

I knew the first time I hit a ball that I wanted to become a professional golfer.


As a Club Professional who still plays and features in plenty of events in New Zealand – do you have any goals for following in the steps of Steven Alker?

Yes, I’m going to attend the Senior PGA Tour Q-School in November and the 2024 Australian Senior Circuit Tour School in February. It has been fantastic seeing Steve playing some incredible golf. It’s certainly an inspiration to all of us who’re close to playing senior golf.


What has your career path been to date as a PGA Professional?

I’ve been lucky enough to amass 36 professional wins. I’ve also been the club professional at Greenacres Golf Club in Nelson and I’m now the Head Professional at Ngamotu in New Plymouth.


What would you say is your greatest achievement as a PGA Professional?

I’ve taught thousands of people and helped them improve their golf games – which is very rewarding. I love seeing golfers on the course enjoying themselves. It’s also hugely satisfying to introduce hundreds of new people to the great game of golf.


Currently, you have two PGA Trainees working under you at New Plymouth Golf Club. What advice would you give anyone looking at joining the PGA Traineeship and exploring a career in golf?


Chase your dreams no matter what. Golf teaches great work ethic and discipline, and it’s a career that you will enjoy lifelong. It’s truly enriching.


Who were some mentors you had in your career in golf, and what pieces of advice did they share which has helped you on your Golfing Journey?

Geoff Smart was my greatest mentor. He taught me to work hard and that you only improve by practising. He is a humble man who also taught me to be humble when succeeding.