Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tour Winner Thriving as a Coach in Ipswich; British Open Dream Lives on for Pro

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tour Winner Thriving as a Coach in Ipswich; British Open Dream Lives on for Pro

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JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

GOLF: Matt Guyatt has won the NSW PGA and played with some of the best golfers in the world during his career.

Now he is giving back to the grassroots of the game and getting a real thrill out of his role as teaching professional at the Ipswich Country Club.

It is his mission to ensure golf is embraced by the juniors in Ipswich while also enhancing their skills as players.

Guyatt is friends with Ipswich Country Club manager Darren Richards and golf manager Craig Frohmuller, so linking with the club made perfect sense.

"I really came out to help a couple of old mates," he said.

"I worked with Craig years ago in a Coles supermarket packing shelves together before I turned pro.

"Darren Richards, the boss out here, was my boss when I did my traineeship at Indooroopilly Golf Club in 2006 to become a pro and he wanted to test the waters with some coaching out here at Ipswich.

"It just fitted in with me winding down from playing, and having a bit of a break in the (Australasian Tour) schedule, to do some coaching.

"The kids have made it great fun. They are a great bunch and really keen.

"It is easy for me as a coach to be motivated when you have motivated pupils.

"They turn up for Thursday clinics ready to go and to see the improvement in them in the last month has been great.

"They are the future of the club.

"They have a passion for golf and feeding that passion is my job as a coach and not getting them bogged down in technique."

Guyatt has played on the Australasian and Japanese Challenge tour and had a tour of Asia as well. He has played with some of golf's best including major winners VJ Singh, Davis Love III and Ben Curtis.

He won the NSW PGA in 2011 and led the likes of Adam Scott and Ian Poulter at the halfway stage of the Australian Masters in 2012.

He has also had some starts on the European tour, and in 2016 got to realise a childhood dream. …

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