David Kearney is a member of the Professional Golfers Association and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a teaching professional and mentor to many professional and amateur golfers.
David began his playing career at Claremorris Golf club in Co.Mayo, in the west of Ireland and would soon move to The Royal County Down golf club where he began his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Kevan Whitson. His passion for coaching was further fuelled by watching Kevan teach and handle pupils of varying levels.
2010 saw David take up his current post at Grange Golf Club in Dublin. Home of 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, Grange and David have worked diligently to improve coaching available to its members and in particular the implementation of a strong junior programme has been one of the major successes in the last 3 years. In 2010 for example the club had 1 girl U-18 years with a handicap and today they have 12 U-16 girls with a Handicap of 35 or less. Similar progress has been made on the boy’s side and part of David’s remit as a representative of the PGA and ILGU is to encourage similar progress at his fellow professional’s club when he speaks at various workshops and training days.
David has been involved in disabled golf with his student Charlie Gannon being the poster boy for what can be achieved. Charlie was very ill in hospital with meningitis in 2010 and lost his left arm from the elbow down, fingers on his right hand and portions of his feet. In his hospital bed, Charlie announced his preferred choice for his new clubs in spite of his condition and we are happy to report 4 years on with the aid of a “Tropman Grip” which replaces his left arm, he has his new clubs and is playing off a 17 handicap in his home club, Castlebar, Co.Mayo.
In a career full of ups and downs, David is very happy in his chosen career and his main professional interest continues to be improving himself and those around him.