I believe that Ritchie is a talented coach, athlete and a leader who has a strong balanced character. Ritchie has also demonstrated he understands discipline, authority and has a strong sense of fairness. Ritchie Smith is an exceptional person, golfer and a great asset to Australian professional golf- Mark Holland (Past Head Coach- Australian Institute of Sport Golf Program)
Posted BY THE PGA OF AUSTRALIA on September 11, 2014
Long time PGA Professional Ritchie Smith has received the esteemed PGA Teacher the Year award.
Presented at this year’s Srixon PGA Coaching Summit, the peer nominated award was announced on Thursday at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast in front of more than 200 PGA Professionals and leading domestic and international sporting authorities.
Smith has played a significant role coaching and developing many of Australia’s leading Professional golfers and is the Head Professional at Melville Glades Golf Club in Leeming Western Australia.
On accepting his award Smith said, “I feel very humbled by the support of the PGA Membership in winning the Teacher of the Year award and very honoured to be associated with previous winners.”
“I want to also acknowledge my biggest coaching influences who include Ryan Lumsden and Ramsay McMaster, whose passion for the game was unrivaled.”
Smith also thanked his wife and family for their support and allowing him to pursue his passion for coaching the sport of golf.
Lessons seem to have lifted Nic's belief in himself-tremendously. Can't believe how he changed in just over a year. Thanks for the help. - Mike Hipkins (Father of Nic Hipkins)
Ritchie, thankyou for the year of guidance to Sam. Under your professional and experienced and careful guidance, Sam has really improved temendously.- Ronny Cham (Father of Samuel Cham- Winner Malaysian Sport Excel Junior Golf Championships Grand Final)
We would like to extend our sincere thanks for your contribution towards this year's pennant teams. All pennant players would agree that the coaching and training provided by you took their game to an improved and more professional level.- Andy Roberts (Previous General Manager Gosnells Golf Club)
Thank you for everything today. Thankyou for teaching us also today. Thankyou for being wonderful today. Thankyou for also being my friend for every single Saturday.- Meagan Morris(7yrs old)
Ritchie, just wanted to thank you for today's lesson. I feel confident that with your guidance my goals will be achieved. - Adrian Lannery
I would like to thank you sincerely for all the hard work you have put in over these past few months for us. Your endless support has been greatly appreciated and we couldn't have won the 2005 Gladys Hay with out you- Rochelle Miles (Member of the Winning Western Australia State Senior Team- Australian Championships)
Ritchie, thankyou for your support and expertise over the last three years. To go from Number 26 in Australia to Number 3 in the World is a huge jump, I cannot believe how much I have improved. - Matt Jager (2010 Australian and New Zealand Amateur Champion).