Thursday, September 03, 2015

Irish appoint Johnny Foster short-game coach

The Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) has appointed Johnny Foster to the position of ILGU High Performance (HP) Short Game Coach.
 In his new position Johnny will undertake the delivery of a co-ordinated programme of high-quality, short-game coaching sessions, reflecting the individual needs of the ILGU HP squad members.
Johnny has a wealth of experience in both the playing and coaching arenas. He represented Ulster at provincial level and Ireland at National level and subsequently went on and founded his own golf academy in 2012, based at Greenacres Golf Centre.  Commenting on joining the team Johnny said ‘I am excited to join the ILGU HP coaching team and the organisation as a whole as I can see it how dynamic and progressive it is. The role is a natural fit for me’. Asking him about his experience of coaching European Tour players he said ‘It will obviously come in handy but everyone is different. I am really looking forward to getting to know the players and seeing how we can all learn from eachother’.
The high performance coaching structure is now complete with Johnny having joined the team and will be overseen by High Performance Manager, David Kearney. Commenting on the new appointment David said ‘The ILGU HP squad needs a world class short game coach to compliment the successful work of the coaching team. Johnny has the ability to do that while working with the squad on all facets of the short game. He has a very successful proven track record with HP players, which will prove invaluable for us’.
ILGU High Performance Director Tricia McDonnell is delighted to have Johnny on side ‘He is a great asset and is very driven and hungry for success’.  
Noting his ability as a coach Tricia also added ‘He is certain to improve the ability of the HP squad. The goal is to get more Irish players in the WAGR top 100 and work towards having players’ games in the best shape for the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships’.

ILGU High Performance Coaching Team
·         David Kearney – High Performance Manager
·         Robbie Cannon – Strength and Conditioning
·         Johnny Foster – Short Game
·         Chris Jelly – Trackman and Data
·         Sharon Morris – Physiotherapist
·         Donal Scott – Putting Performance
·         Lee-Ann Sharp - Psychologist
Sarah Crowe | Public Relations
Irish Ladies Golf Union