Iain Valentine - Chief Executive
After a successful career in business working around the world, Iain took on the role of Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Golf Association in 2003. Over the next 10 years Iain was at the forefront of amateur golf in Asia growing the game at both junior and adult level. He oversaw the progression of junior golf in Hong Kong expanding both the coaching provision, development pathway and tournament opportunities. He worked closely with The Faldo Series to bring the finals to Hong Kong, the European Tour in the growth of the Hong Kong Open and the R&A & Augusta National in the launch of the Asian Amateur.
Since retiring from the Golf Association Iain has run his own business where he has been carrying out work for the European Tour, The United States Golf Association and the R&A, assisting in the running of Golf tournaments in Asia and the UK, and conducting course rating work in Asia. In addition to the running of tournaments Iain is also a qualified Rules official working at events on the Asian and European Tours.
Golf is in Iain’s blood playing to a high level of amateur golf in his youth and has been a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews for over 50 years. Iain’s mother Jessie Valentine, who notched up a staggering 3 British Ladies Championships between 1937 and 1958 and 6 Scottish Ladies Championship titles, followed in the footsteps of her father Iain’s grandfather Joe Anderson who was a professional and clubmaker in Perth, Scotland.
Ryan Scott - Head of Coaching
PGA Fellow Professional, UKCC Level 3 Coach
Having played at an elite amateur level, Ryan joined the Professional Golfers Association in 2004. Since this time, he has coached at several venues across Scotland, and accumulated thousands of hours coaching golfers of all abilities, including Professional golfer’s competing on the EuroPro and Challenge Tours. He was successfully awarded ‘PGA Fellow Professional’ status in June 2017 by the British PGA due primarily to his achievements and experiences in golf coaching and his commitment to continued professional learning.
As part of his coaching qualifications and professional development, Ryan completed the Golfing Machines Golf Stroke Engineering Master’s qualification becoming one of only a handful of coaches in Scotland to achieve this status. In addition, in September 2014, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching at the University of Birmingham, as well as completing the UKCC Level 3 qualification. Ryan also works within coach education as a tutor for the PGA and Sport Scotland and a coach developer for Scottish Golf.
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Phil Calvert - Camp Director
Master Trainer, Tutor and Assessor UK & Ireland, Life Fitness Academy
Phil specializes in golf strength and flexibility, exercise management for lower back pain and nutrition and weight management. He has several qualifications through the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the professional body for the health and fitness industry in the United Kingdom.
Along with certifications for lower back pain management, nutrition and weight loss, he holds certifications form the Titleist Performance Institute, advanced personal training and gym management. Phil has combined his knowledge of training for the development of golfers through training as a TPI instructor and working with tour professionals.
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Oli Leet - Putting Expert
Oli has been a Pga professional for 11 years and specialised in coaching putting for 8 of those years.
During this time he has worked with all level of golfers from beginners to European Tour winners but his real passion is helping dedicated golfers who have a strong desire to improve.
Oli has an awesome mentor in Phil Kenyon and is proud to be part of his team of Coaches. He has learnt so much from Phil over the past three years and is always hungry to learn and improve as a coach.
Oli is also the only AimPoint Level 3 instructor in the UK; As well as Aimpoint sessions he will offer a range of services, including SAM Putt Lab and Capto analysis, putter fittings. Oli is based at Tickenham.
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Lou Tan Coach Assistant
Hong Nation Team Player
Lou joined the team as a coach assistant in 2019 where he supported the players during the morning coaching sessions and played with the players during the afternoon rounds.
Lou is an elite amateur player representing Hong Kong as a national squad player and winner of the Hong Kong Amateur Championship in 2019. Lou has also represented Hong Kong at the Junior Open and competed on the European Tour in the Hong Kong Open.