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Galgorm coup as Maybin joins a new-look coaching team


By Robert Jones

Former European Tour player Gareth Maybin has joined the coaching team at Galgorm Castle, home of the highly successful Northern Ireland Open. And one of the driving forces behind that event, Ross Oliver, will take on a new role as director of golf as Galgorm Castle celebrates 20 years of golf at the historic estate with plans to enhance its' centre of excellence reputation.

Maybin will work from a new teaching studio, fitted out with the latest technology, and said: "I am delighted to be part of an exceptionally strong coaching team with like-minded individuals who all bring their own experience and expertise to one of the best coaching hubs in the country."

Based back in Northern Ireland after injury forced the Ballyclare native to call time on his playing career, Maybin (36) added: "This is a very exciting time to be involved with everything that is happening at Galgorm Castle. The venue already enjoys an outstanding international reputation as the home of the NI Open, but what I and the rest of the PGA team provide are unparalleled coaching opportunities while using the best all-round golfing facilities anywhere in Northern Ireland."

Deborah McCooke is another key member of the Galgorm team and as a PGA Level One coach she has been heavily involved in assisting junior and ladies section coaching programmes. Debbie's dedicated approach has helped build a vibrant junior girls section and she hopes to begin her PGA training over the next year.

With all the necessary structures now in place, overseeing it all is Ross Oliver in his role as Galgorm Castle's new director of golf. Oliver will manage the traditional duties of being a head professional, while accounting for the additional golfing experiences at Galgorm plus his own coaching duties

"I am delighted to be taking on this new and enhanced role," said Oliver, who joined Galgorm in 2013 as assistant professional and is also the NI Open event manager.

"There are so many aspects to the golf offering at Galgorm now. It is fair to say we provide golf and coaching of the highest order for every member of the family. The great thing is it really doesn't matter what level you play to or have never played golf before because we have coaching programmes and lessons to suit all abilities."

Gary Henry, Managing Director at Galgorm Castle, said: "We are delighted to now have such a strong team that offers wide ranging services and expertise. We want to grow the game of golf within the whole family and I believe we now have the perfect team to do so."

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