The Fernie Golf Club would like to welcome on our new Assistant Golf Professional Ben Rolph. Ben has been asked to respond to a few questions to introduce himself.
Where are you from Ben?
Island of Guernsey, Channel Islands, between the coasts of England and France.
Tell us about your sporting background when you were growing up.
I have been involved in all sports from a very young age and continued that throughout my life. At University I completed a degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education and through this I’ve learnt to teach and coach a variety of different sports and take this into my golf teaching. During the Winter I am a ski instructor at Fernie Alpine Resort.
How long have you been playing golf?
I started golf when I was about eight but got much more serious about it after the age of 18.
Where have you taught golf?
I have taught golf at 3 different golf courses in the past 5 years. Two were based in the Island of Guernsey and last year was at Wintergreen Golf Club in Bragg Creek, Alberta.
What is your strongest characteristic as a golf instructor?
Due to my strong sporting background and university degree I am able to understand the characteristics of other sports and compare and transfer the skills to use in golf. I am also very versatile with my teaching and can work with all types of physiology, injuries, age and psychological needs.
What services will you provide to the Fernie Golf Club members and guests?
I teach private and group lessons to all age groups. I offer packages and on course instruction. I am currently organising day clinics for all abilities and will release dates shortly. I am also well informed regarding new equipment on the market and can help with golf fittings at the club.
How do members or guests go about booking a lesson with you?
For now please come in to the pro shop or give us a call at (250) 423-7773. I am working on an online booking system for lessons. I have also started a website for my instructional information. Please visit www.rolphgolf.com.
Is there anything you would like to add?
I am extremely excited to work at Fernie Golf Club, I have had the opportunity to live here for the past two winter seasons as a Ski Instructor at the resort. I am now looking to making Fernie my permanent home and continue my golf career with Fernie Golf Club for many years. I am looking forward to meeting and playing golf with as many members and guests as possible.