David Kearney has taken over from Declan Leigh as the new professional at Grange Golf Club.

The highly respected coach overcame stiff competition in the club’s centenary year to follow in the footsteps of the great Grange teaching professional Wattie Sullivan.

“We had huge interest in this vacancy,” said Billy Meehan, General Manager at Grange. “David’s broad range of experience and skills were an excellent match for our job spec and we are delighted to welcome him to Grange.

“David has a top notch CV, built up at home and abroad.  He has had a major role coaching with the golf federation of Turkey and has worked in North America too. At home David has been national coach to the ILGU and he continues to coach a number of professionals and assistants in training with the PGA.  Everyone, from our youngest juvenile to our Senior Cup players can benefit from David’s appointment.” 

Keen to settle down in Ireland with his wife and daughter, Kearney said: “From a personal point of view, the timing of this opportunity is perfect. The facilities at Grange are excellent - 24 challenging holes, superb practice facilities and a terrific club house. I am delighted to have been chosen and am looking forward to joining the team at Grange.”

Describing his priorities for Grange, Kearney added: “Levels of service to the members and coaching.”

The professional’s shop will offer a custom fitting service and over the coming months Kearney plans to build up stock to ensure all demands are catered for at competitive prices.  In the coming weeks he also will recruit a qualified assistant. 

“Grange is a friendly club with strong traditions and members have been quick to tell me what their expectations are,” said Kearney, who plans to offer a “short game school, putting clinics, the lot - every aspect of the game at all levels, throughout the year.”