VAUGHAN MASON

 

Qualifications

  • Joined Australian PGA Trainee program, January 1989
  • Diploma - Australian PGA Trainee Academy, December 1991

Completed training as a Trainee Professional in the following areas:

- Golf Science

- Tuition

- Rules, Ethics and Tournaments

- Playing

- Club Construction and Repair

- Professional Golfers Association of Australia Membership Certificate, January 1992.

- Member, International Professional Golfers Association, 2003.

- Member, Hong Kong Professional Golfers Association, 2004.

- Certified NG360 Golf Performance Specialist

 

Employment

  • 2014 to present

Inventor and owner of the BJM Putter Grips Company LTD and Holding system.

During my time writing the golf program for myself and for iTrainer and with the experience I gained from the Applied functional Science course it dawned on me that the way we hold the PUTTER may not be the most efficient. I spent a number of months re-writing the HOLDING system for putting which is totally unique and not seen before. This holding system was the influence for the way I designed the new putting grip. We are now in full production and looking to expand the concept worldwide

 

  • 2014

Certified NG360 Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute

- In 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Gray and David Tiberio from the Gray institute in the USA, who are the leaders in Golf Swing biomechanics. Over the last 30 years of my golf experience I have written my own golf program for tuition of our club golfers and for the benefit of education for budding professionals, at this stage I was invited to go through the NG360 Applied Functional Course which was a great experience and certainly worth while to help understand golf swing biomechanics better.

 

  • 2013 - Present

Commissioned to write the interactive coaching programs for iTrainer Golf

In early 2013 I was lucky enough to meet the inventor of the iTrainer mini electronic swing analysis device and was invited to work with the company writing the instructional program to help improve users golfing experience. I am still involved with iTrainer to this day and still have a lot to do with building the coaching system for iTrainer

 

  • 2011 – Present

Distributor/Head of SNAG coaching development

- In early 2011 I was lucky enough to have been given special exemption, by Terry Anton, the developer of SNAG golf, to take over the distribution rights for snag Hong Kong. I am also in charge of the development of SNAG in Hong Kong, teaching other teachers the SNAG systems

- I work closely with my partner, Rick Chu, from Dynamic Events Management, developing the SNAG programs through out Hong Kong Schools, we have a number of schools in the program currently.

- I have been developing junior golf programs for some time, and now have managed to have a complete and in depth program with SNAG and my own TGS modules. We are looking to expand the junior development programs and increase the playing number of golfers in Hong Kong/China

  • 2010 – 2012

Open a Golf School in Fuzhou/China

The Golf school of China

- In March 2011 to the present day, I own and operate a Golf school in China. I currently have 6 coaching staff working for me.

- Fuzhou Golf School has the latest electronic analysis equipment, we boast being the leader in Golf development in the area. The school has the - SAM BALANCE BOARD – SAM PUTT LAB – PRIME LAUNCH MONITOR – V1 SWING ANALYSIS – SWING FREQUENCY MACHINE – LIE/LOFT MACHINE – HG CLUB FITTING SYSTEMS – PING CLUB FITTING SYSTEMS – SNAG GOLF

  • 2009

Designed a Driving Range/Short Game area, Fuzhou, China

- In August 2009 at the owner request, I was asked to fly to Fuzhou, China to look at a plot of land to develop a driving range and short game area. They had come to Hong Kong, Whitehead Driving range and seen the short game area there and wanted to have something similar in Fuzhou. I spent the next year over seeing development.

  • Oct 2000 – Present

Coaching (Self-employed), Hong Kong

The Golf School of Hong Kong LTD

- I returned to Hong Kong at the invitation of New Zealand Chinese Golfing Society. Initially invited for a six month period, I have since established a coaching business operating from Whitehead driving range. With over 1’000 students I conduct individual tuition and clinics as well as golf outings.

- I have also provided some consultancy services for the development of driving ranges and golf courses. Maunsell Construction approached me to help out with a tender to reconstruct the driving range in Shatin, Hong Kong, as well as helping out with minor work in the early stages of Kia Tak driving range, Hong Kong, drawing up a basic plan for the furthered construction and the setting of the yardage markers. I also over looked the final design of a newly built driving range in Guangzhou, China called the Favour view Palace

- I also have been involved in club design and customisation for students.

- In June 2005 we set up The Golf School of Hong Kong, a driving range and short game facility at Whitehead in Ma On Shan. This facility had 12 covered bays, grass bay hitting area as well as 4000 square meters of a grassed covered area which I designed into 2 putting greens as well as a large bunker and chipping green. The area had contours on the fairway to give a real golf course experience.

- I also have been involved in club design and customisation for students.

  • Apr – Oct 2000

Second in charge / Pro Shop Manager, Woolooware Golf Club

Included all duties of managing the club’s pro shop including

- Stock ordering and control

- Staff recruitment, training and management

- Organising tournaments and corporate days

  • Mar / Apr 2000, Nov 1999

Coaching, Hong Kong (NZ Chinese Golfing Society)

I spent a total of 2 months coaching in Hong Kong at the invitation of the New Zealand Chinese Golfing Society. Included coaching of members and the general public – 12-15 lessons per day ( 5 days a week) and playing lessons. An invitation to spend a further six months in Hong Kong in late 2000 was extended.

  • Jan 1999 – Feb 2000

Director of Golf, Formosa Auckland Country Club A resort course that hosted the ’98 New Zealand Open, the course is an 18 holes international standard with 50 villas, driving range, tennis/squash courts, swimming pool and gym facilities.

Duties included: - Full running of the pro shop, including ordering stock and the employment, training and management of staff. - Investigating the market and setting green fee prices. - Course marshalling. - Coaching. - Corporate clinics, famils and tournaments. - Consulting on course matters. The golf course was newly built and needed fine tuning. I enjoyed the opportunity working closely with the head greenkeeper modifying the already spectacular layout.

  • May 1997 – Jan 1999

Head Professional, Whitford Park Country Club, Auckland

- Duties included: - Full running of the pro shop - Running club competitions, ie Tuesday competitions for ladies, Wednesday competitions for men, mixed open days on Saturday and Sunday. Once a month running a pros open day - this is a tournament open to all affiliated clubs wishing to compete. All competitions required results and prize givings. - Stock ordering and stock control. - Book-keeping and monthly invoicing for coaching and stock - A full repair service – including loft and lies. - Marketing of the golf course - direct involvement with the promotion of Whitford Park Country Club, by offering coaching services to increase members, doing members drives and introduction sessions. Investigation of the golf market for future development of the facilities. - Coaching: Development of Junior’s through coaching twice a month, and identifying the talented and enthusiastic players and offering more time. Direct involvement with club rep sides and pennant teams, and also coaching and managing. - Consulting on the development of the practice fairway and the future course work in changing the fairways to cooch grasses, work was in process when I left, deciding to further my career.

  • Nov 1996 - May 1997

Contract Coaching, Papakura Army Camp

- I was involvement with Junior Development and Senior/Junior sides, from which the position at Whitford Park was offered to me

  •  Apr 1996 – Nov 1996

- Touring I always wanted to play and finally gave myself the opportunity to do so. I played the Sunshine Circuit in Queensland where I had some success. Personal matters bought me back to New Zealand.

  •  March 1993 – April 1996

Head Professional, Golf City, Palmerston North, NZ

Included the development of three junior squads

- The first squad were players 6-10 years old, requiring once a month coaching and a game.

- The second Squad was for 10-15 year olds on low handicaps, where there was coaching twice a month with lectures and tournaments amongst themselves to help develop playing skills.

- The top group - coaching twice per month and individual lessons weekly, as well as team meetings. A number of these players represented New Zealand and one made Einsenhower, as well as district reps and club reps. The club won pennants “A” grade two years running as well as the national Johnny Walker Champs.

- Course design and development

- The 9 holes golf course I had the pleasure of coaching at decided to expand to an 18 holes course adding a covered driving range as well. It was a great experience to actually design and assist in the development of the 2nd 9 holes as well as consulting for the driving range covered area.

- Club Construction

- Responsible for Club Construction and assembly. Golf City is the agent for RAM and FILA. Goldfern is a successful New Zealand brand for which I was involved in design and assembly. Golf City were also the agent for Brunswick Shafts. I developed the workshop to handle the amount of construction planned. The workshop was extensive with every repair possible. Responsibilities also included the education of the staff in repairs. I left this job to play the Sunshine Circuit.

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