Ritchie Smith- Head Professional
Ritchie represented Western Australia five times at Amateur level, three times as Captain of his team. He then completed his PGA traineeship, winning the Australian Trainee Player of the Year three times consecutively.
While completing his traineeship, Ritchie was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport, where his passion for teaching was first encouraged. After two relatively successful but unspectacular seasons on the Australian PGA Tour, Ritchie decided that his real passion lay in teaching the game, and established Perth Golf Academy. Since establishment Ritchie has produced seven Australian Number One amateurs, numerous more National and State team members, and has been nominated for both Australian and Western Australian PGA Coach of the Year, winning both in 2014.
Ritchie was the State Women’s Coach from 2003-2014 and is the Current Men’s Team coach. He is also the coach of Minjee Lee, Rolex World Ranking 13 and LPGA Kingsmill Championship winner, and Oliver Goss, member of the Web.com Tour and previous winner of the Low Amateur at the US Masters.
His involvement in elite level coaching gives Ritchie access to world's best practise for all aspects of the game, however he enjoys coaching players of all levels and gets great satisfaction from helping people achieve their goals
Keenan Baatjes -Teaching Professional
A fully qualified member of the PGA who completed his traineeship at Maylands Golf Course and has since joined the Perth Golf Academy team in May 2018. Keenan enjoys teaching from beginner to intermediate level and seeing the progress students make throughout their golf game. His coaching philosophy is simple, help the student understand their golf swing while being in an enjoyable and professional environment .
Matthew Sturmer- Proshop Manager/Teaching Professional
Matthew has been working in the Western Australian golf industry for over two decades, with 10 of those years at the Perth Golf Academy with Ritchie Smith before this he was at Burswood GC and then took up a managerial role at Gosnells Golf Club. These experiences encouraged a passion for the game, and in 2007 Matt accepted a Teaching Professional role with the Perth Golf Academy Team. Since then, he has successfully developed coaching programs for all levels of golfers, played a pivotal role in establishing junior and ladies golf improvement programs and regularly coaches the Golf Australia MYGOLF Program.
Matt was a Finalist in 2010 and 2011 for the WAPGA 'Junior Golf Leader of the Year' and is a 'Certified PGA Professional. He enjoys the diversity of teaching different types of golfers and strives to promote the game in a fun, safe and low pressure environment.