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Steve Bann is one of three principal directors at BannLynchMcDade. Steve played full time on the Australian Professional Golf Tour from 1981 to 1986, then part time for the next 10 years. From 1986 to 1990, he was the head professional at Box Hill Golf Club in Melbourne.
Next, he became founder and Head Coach of the Victorian Institute of Sport - which was responsible for producing some of Australia's most successful tour professionals including; Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Marc Leishman, and many others. He has helped produce several international golf tournament winners and helped eight graduates earn their US PGA Tour cards. Steve is widely recognised as one of the world's leading coaches.
In 2006, Steve was named Victorian PGA Coach of the Year. Steve was the 2007 Australian Golf Digest Coach of the Year and 2010 Australian PGA Teacher of the Year.
Steve has appeared on the Golf Channel, ESPN, and ABC. He has been the Golf Australia Magazine Teaching Editor and published four books including Golf Gadgets and Play Like Pros.
Some of Steve's present students include Stuart Appleby, Nick Flanagan, and K.J. Choi.
Dale Lynch is one of three principal directors at BannLynchMcDade. Dale has been a member of the PGA of Australia for almost 30 years. He played on the Australian Tour for seven years and coached at the Victorian Institute of Sport from its inception. Dale was named Victorian PGA Coach of the Year in 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000, as well as the 2006 Australian Golf Digest Coach of the Year. Dale is widely recognised as one of the world's best golf coaches
Dale has coached some of the world's best players including US Open Winner Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Kevin Na, Arjun Atwal, Mathew Goggin, Kyle Thompson, Steve Allan, and David McKenzie.
Denis is one of three principal directors atBannLynchMcDade and has been a part of the team since 1996. He turned professional in 1986 and played competitively in Australia for a number of years before becoming a full time coach. He was the Scholarship Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport Golf Program for two years and spent eleven years at the Victorian Institute of Sport Golf Program, five as Assistant Coach and six as Head Coach.
Graduates of the VIS Golf Program include Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Marcus Fraser, Jarrod Lyle, and Marc Leishman.
Denis spends a number of weeks each year traveling around the world working with his players and presenting at certification seminars with the Titleist Performance Institute. Denis specialises in developing holistic golf improvement programs. Denis is recognised as one of the world's leading golf coaches.
Denis' players have won on the PGA Tours of Europe, Japan, Australia, Korea, and the US Nationwide Tour. They include Marc Leishman (US PGA Tour), Marcus Fraser (European PGA Tour), Paul Sheehan (Japan PGA Tour), Ashley Hall, and Matthew Griffin (Asian PGA Tour).
Denis is a Senior Advisory Board Member of the Titleist Performance Institute, based in Oceanside, California. In addition he is Head of TPI’s Junior Advisory Board. Denis was voted 2017's Australian Coach of the Year, Victorian PGA Teacher of the Year in 2016 and 2001, and Australian Golf Digest Coach of the Year in 2008.
Peter is one of only four Master Professionals with the Australian PGA. With over 35 years of coaching experience, with 25 of them successfully coaching at State and National level as well as driving golf programmes for the Australian Institute of Sport, Golf Australia, Taiwan Golf, Golf Victoria, NSW Golf and NSW Institute of Sport.
Peter utilises his skills and knowledge to deliver meaningful results to all golfers who are really serious about the development of their own games, regardless of their current level.In 2012 he was one of three coaches in Victoria recognised for his contribution to coaching in Australia over the past 100 years.
Australian Team Coach
Won 2006 & 2007 Trans Tasman Trophy (men & women)
Won 2007 Nomura Cup (men’s team)
Won 2007 Four Nations (men’s team)
Won 2012 Toyota World Junior Team’s Championship
Chinese Taipei National Team Coach
Gold medal at 2014 Asian Games
State Team Coach
NSW Junior Team: six Interstate Series wins in 10 years.
NSW Colts Team: five Interstate Series wins in 12 years.
Michael has extensive experience as a professional golf coach, having coached for over 15 years. Michael began his coaching career working as the assistant professional at Royal Melbourne Golf Club before joining BannLynchMcDade in 2005.
Michael works with golfers of all levels of ability from beginners to elites. He has coached a number of junior golfers who have been selected as state and national representatives.
Michael tries to keep things as simple as possible and communicates in a way that makes the golf swing easy to understand. He places a strong emphasis on clients enjoying their lessons.
After getting his Diploma in Recreation / Sports Coaching in 1998, Andrew decided to follow his interest in golf and coaching and undertake the PGA 3 year traineeship.
Pitty completed his traineeship in 2001 under the guidance of the principle BannLynchMcDade coaches. Andrew is coach to star amateurs Gabi Ruffels and Alizza Hetherington. Gabi has represented Australia internationally and Alizza was the winner of the 2016 Girls Victorian Junior Championship and 2016 Women's Victorian Amateur Championship.
Andrew's coaching philosophy has been strongly shaped by the proven BannLynchMcDade methodology. Andrew places a teaching emphasis on continual development of all facets of a player's game, regardless of level of ability.
Andrew played golf full time on the Australasian Tour , Canadian Tour, and also competed on the Asian Tour. Andrew was the winner of the 2006 Western Australian PGA.
Yoyo is the newest member of the BannLynchMcDade team. Always the consummate professional, Yoyo is an exceptional communicator with proficiencies in English and Mandarin. With a sound understanding of her craft, Yoyo’s engaging lesson style and interpersonal skills help her communicate the complexities of the golf swing in a simple and digestible way. Yoyo’s clients are regularly impressed by her level of knowledge and ability to adapt her coaching style to the needs of the individual. Yoyo is the only Chinese citizen to have an Australian PGA qualification.
Kevin is both an experienced player and coach who has been a full member of the Australian PGA since 1999.
After completing his traineeship, he was a teaching professional at Box Hill Golf Club and also a coach for Women’s Golf Victoria by co-ordinating their “Golf in Schools” program across metropolitan Melbourne, whilst balancing a playing career in Victorian and interstate events.
Kevin then joined BannLynchMcDade, before operating his own Golf Academy for the next 12 years and in 2013 returned to BannLynchMcDade at Yarra Bend Golf.
Kevin works with all golfers ranging from beginner to advanced levels with his simple, but effective approach and his vast set of coaching skills that are heavily influenced by the BannLynchMcDade methodology. He believes that golf is challenging but not impossible, and it should be fun!
Kevin has a handicap of +1 and career best round of -6 under par. He achieved his first hole in one in 2006 at Rosanna Golf Club and most recently qualified for the 2012 VIC Open and 2013 VIC PGA.
James Hartley is an accomplished coach and player, who has been an Australian PGA Member since 2009 and a coach at Yarra Bend Golf since 2011.
James works with golfers of all skill level and ability, from novice to elite. With a refined coaching knowledge, shaped by the BannLynchMcDade methodology and close to a decades experience, James' message to all golfers is clear - golf should be challenging, social, gratifying, and most importantly fun!
As the Coordinator of Yarra Bend Junior Golf, James is committed to the development of junior golf. James has strong communication skills and the ability to make junior golfer's feel comfortable and at ease quickly. Regardless of level of ability, James ensures that the juniors that enter into the BannLynchMcDade Program have a fantastic experience.
James has a handicap of +3 and a career best score of 62. James was also the winner of 2016 Victorian Club Professionals Champion and 2016 Royal Melbourne Purse Pro Am.
Aaron is committed to coaching golfers of all levels from rank beginner through to the professional (and even the occasional celebrity - see videos)!
Aaron has been a BannLynchMcDade coach for the past 6 years, developing his knowledge and experience under the BannLynchMcDade methodology. Aaron is also a proud TaylorMade ambassador.
Aaron has a great ability to build rapport with his clients immediately, due to his friendly nature and ability to explain technical aspects of the golf swing in simple terms.
Aaron's teaching philosophy is grounded in the principle of simplicity. Aaron believes that most of the time, clear understandable explanations and improvement drills, are all that is required to help a student find their pathway towards improvement. Aaron sees his responsibility as a coach, extending beyond a 30 or 60 minute lesson and happily provides long-term game improvement plans for his students who are eager to improve.
Aaron is committed to helping his students and goes above and beyond to ensure they improve their golf game, and enjoy each and every lesson.
Aaron is an excellent golfer, who continues to play professional events in Australia and Asia.
Paul Sheehan has been a highly successful international tour player over the course of the last 15 years - playing predominately in the US, Japan, and Australia. With a highest World Golf Ranking inside the top 100, as well as 7 career wins, Paul is truly a world class golfer.
Paul is known for his friendly disposition and ability to communicate with golfers of all levels. On tour Paul was known for his standout short game, putting, and course strategy.
Now at Yarra Bend Golf under BannLynchMcDade, Paul is eager to impart his knowledge and experience on his pupils to help them improve their game and lower their scores.