George Finlayson, Advanced PGA Professional
George began his golfing career at the Royal Burgess, Edinburgh as an assistant professional. He moved to the Dalmahoy Golf Club to complete his PGA Professional qualification.
Upon graduating George moved to Denmark to further his teaching experience at Kokkedal Golf Klub. He then returned for his first full appointment as a PGA Professional at Elie where he was based for 8 years.
George was appointed as Director of Golf at the famous Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle in 1992 where he entertained and coached celebrities and nobilities.
George is very much aware of the constant changes in the game. He is a PGA Coach Education Tutor, a Level 1 TPI Certified Instructor and a Level 3 Assessor in Sport.
Lowest score: 62 (-10)
Favourite golf course: Royal County Down, Ireland
Tips: “Practice with purpose”
Greatest highlight: Teaching Catherine Zeta Jones golf
Other interests: Cycling and gardening
Billy McColl, Tour Professional
Billy began his golfing career at Caird Park, Dundee as an assistant professional. As an amateur he won Angus boys under 15. He continued his assistant training at Downfield and qualified at Lillies Hall with merit as a PGA Professional.
Billy qualified for his European Tour card in 1975 and spent 16 years on tour. He won the Ivory Coast Open and Benin Open back to back in 1984 and played in x5 Open Championships; x7 golf Majors and x2 Senior Opens.
Following his time on the tour, he won the PGA club Pros championship at Kings Lynne in 1991 and the East region Order of Merit. Billy has also won over 100 Pro-Ams and has x6 club scoring records. He also speaks at conferences and clinics across Europe.
Billy golfing obsession runs in the family – his son caddies on Tour and has won twice – Czech Open (2017) and Mauritius Open (2020)
Turned Professional: 1973 / 16 years on European Golf Tour
Lowest score: 62 (-10) Italian Open Monticello
Strength: Driving long and straight
Weakness: Short game
Favourite golf course: Muirfield
Greatest highlight: Holing a 30ft putt to the win the Ivory Coast Open by 5 shots
Tips: “You have to love the game of golf and be totally dedicated to reach your potential – single mindedness is essential”
Other interests: Bird watching, fishing and cooking
Andrew Bentley, PGA Professional
Andrew graduated from the University of St Andrews with a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology.
He worked in genetics at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge for 4 years before pursuing a career as a golf professional. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with an FdA in Golf Studies and has over 11 years of experience as a fully qualified PGA Professional.
Andrew has joined the team at the St Andrews Golf Centre Academy in 2013. He has a passion for coaching and helping others enjoy the game of golf. Through his individually tailored lessons you will be able to better understand your own golf swing to maximise your potential.
Turned Professional: 2007
Lowest score: 67 (-5)
Strength: Driving and chipping
Weakness: Long irons
Favourite golf course: Muirfield
Other interests: Gardening and fitness classes.
Greatest highlight: Golf trainer of the year in the East region
Tips: “Don’t focus on the negative – focus on the positive outcome you want to achieve”
Turned Professional: 1999
Lowest score: 60 (-10)
Strength: Driving and putting
Favourite golf course: Kings Course, Gleneagles
Other interests: Political / sports podcasts, football and travelling
Greatest highlight: Winning the Scottish PGA championship and Northern Open in the same year!
Tips: “Find a Pro your trust and work harder than you have ever thought was possible”