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New Golf Pro for Ballarat

Jul 7, 2014

Ballarat Golf Club is pleased to announce the appointment of new head golf professional David Wallis.
Club President Ross Jones made the following statement “The board, after careful consideration decided
they had a candidate within the current staff who had demonstrated to all members his passion and
commitment to the club and who deserved the chance to take on the role of head professional.
“The club looks forward to the energetic approach David has in growing the membership base in particular
the Juniors and in making golf enjoyable for all members,” he said.
Wallis moved to The Ballarat Golf Club in 2011 from the Mornington Peninsula after completing his PGA
traineeship with advanced training in coaching. He excelled in his playing standard receiving both national
and state invites and during his third year Wallis was named the Victorian Trainee Captain an honor granted
to him by his peers after being voted to this position by all Victorian PGA Trainees.
He enjoyed a successful trainee career winning the 2008 Murray Downs Pro Am and the 2010 Flinders Pro
Am and more recently coached the Ballarat District Junior Squad to victory in 2012 and 2013 in Regional
Championships.
Further to this, Wallis’s dedication to Junior training has also seen the introduction of the Ballarat Golf Club
Junior Development Program. A program built around the education and development of young men and
women in all areas of the game as well as developing life skills. “Both the Club and Wallis are very proud of
the program, which will continue to grow as part of the new role of head professional,” said club General
Manager, Michael Phillips.”
“Wallis’s love of the sport is obvious and he has a fantastic rapport with members and staff, attending
member’s events, participating in club competitions and dedicating time to support the various charity days
held at the club. We are happy to see such an enthusiastic member of our staff stepping up into the role,
David’s youth and energy will be an asset to the position as head professional,” he said.
Most trainees aspire to be the next Greg Norman or Adam Scott but for Wallis the goal was to become a
Head Professional at a top golf club and David has now been given that opportunity.
Wallis said “The dream for me was always to be head professional, so I am over the moon, it’s about quality
coaching and offering professional service that meets the needs of the varied members of the club.”
Wallis says the appointment was the proudest moment of his life and is looking forward to the opportunity to
make the role his own and introduce golf to the broader community.
“The main focus is to grow and develop the junior membership base by offering affordable programs that the
kids have never seen before, we are competing against soccer, AFL, cricket and basketball so we have to
work hard to create a program and environment the kids love. It’s got to be fun and entertaining while
developing those fine motor skills that will be used throughout life - not just golf specific skills” Wallis said.