Richard O’Hanlon – PGA Class A Professional
Head Professional at St Kew
I have always played competitive Professional golf since turning pro in 1988 doing my PGA Training at Brocton Hall Golf Club in Stafford taught by Bob Johnson. He was a specialist in Club repairs and made golf clubs from scratch and repairing clubs for players such as Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam.
He passed on a lot of knowledge about club making and tuition to me over my 5 years there and becoming PGA qualified in 1991. From then on I played professional golf all over the UK and in 1993 just missed playing in the British Open by 1 shot but was a reserve so played all the Practice rounds playing with Bernhard Langer who that year had just won the Masters, which taught me a lot playing along side him for 18 holes.
It wasn’t until 2006 that i finally achieved my goal of winning the Midland Region PGA Order of Merit and at 36 played in my first European Tour event at Wentworth in the 2007 BMW Championship. Another great learning curve as I’d never experienced anything like that before. That year I also played a few European Challenge tour events finishing top 20 in Ireland.
Moving to Cornwall and Lanhydrock Golf Club in 2007 I focused on teaching again and building up a large number of clients improving their golf. Still playing it took me a few seasons to adapt to the new surroundings and then going back to the Midlands in 2010 I won the British Par 3 Championship and the £5000 first prize and huge win with a large number of Tour players playing in the event.