Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Expansion Plans for Wolston; New Head Club Pro Keento Build on Past Successes

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Expansion Plans for Wolston; New Head Club Pro Keento Build on Past Successes

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

GOLF: When asked to describe himself, Andrew Egea calmly answers: "Friendly and professional''.

After hearing about his achievements in golf, you could also add "successful''.

As recently appointed head club professional at Wolston Park Golf Club, Egea is already looking to build on past accomplishments.

His main priorities in coming weeks include bolstering Wolston's junior and female player membership at the 18 hole course.

Although Wolston Park has a healthy membership of 500, the Philippines-born golf fanatic is excited about the Wacol club's growth potential.

He's keen to adopt successes achieved in his previous role as Noosa Golf Club teaching pro.

When he headed with his family to Noosa for a sea- change in 2011, the Sunshine Coast club had more than 1100 members but very few juniors.

"Initially we set out a program and it was pretty humble beginnings,'' Egea said. "We only had two or three kids come the first couple of weeks.

"Within three years, we had 111 junior members.

"We went from having the least amount of junior members on the Sunshine Coast to the most.''

He started coaching kids as young as six, co-ordinating a productive junior program.

"That program is still running successfully and it is all set in stone now,'' he said. "It's a case of consistency. You can't drop off.''

Egea is proud of his achievements, having learnt many of his golf skills in Orange.

The former NSW state junior and colts representative grew up in Orange from age four, going on to work at the city's Wentworth and Duntryleague clubs.

After his early experience at Wentworth Golf Club, he completed his traineeship at Duntryleague in 1992 before turning pro for the 1993 season.

But it was after a nine-year stint as head teaching pro back at Wentworth that he started seeking new challenges.

The Sunshine Coast had appeal for Egea, his wife Kylie and five children so Noosa became his next golfing port of call in January 2011.

Having enjoyed six successful years as head teaching teaching pro on the coast, Egea saw the Wolston Park opportunity as one too good to refuse. …

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