At Balderstone Sports Institute (BSI) we train, nurture, develop and educate youth athletes to perform in the sporting arena, to excel in the classroom, and to become leaders in business and life. Below are some of the success stories from past students who have embarked on their BSI journey.

Andrew Lamont
PGA Diploma, Graduated 2015
Assistant Head Professional, Bryanston Country Club
Club Fitter for Taylor made and Titleist

The key to my success, is building relationships, not only with employers, but with customers. And never say no. If you need to work longer hours or harder than everyone else, DO IT!! In dealing with customers, be sure to manage their expectations. Never over promise and under deliver!

BSI enabled me to follow my passion by giving me a solid platform that prepared me to take on the golf industry. They were not only theory based, but provided me with practical experience. So I knew what I was getting myself into.

If you are considering getting into the golf industry, BSI is a great platform, because you can not only do your PGA Diploma, but you can build long lasting relationships. It will prepare you for what is ahead of you. In all aspects of the golf industry, from running a shop, to coaching on the range. Anything you require in the golf industry BSI will prepare you.

Current BSI students; this is your time to learn and grow within yourself. The BSI team is there to help you, if you show them you are there to be serious, they will be serious with you. You will get out, exactly what you put in. It isn’t easy to find a job, so start making relationships right now! If you go play somewhere, be sure to introduce yourself to the head pro, thank them for your golf. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Why wait?

Simon Riekert
PGA Diploma, Graduated 2012
Current Position: The Pro Shop (Morecorp), Retail Buyer

I’m currently in charge of sourcing, buying and ranging of all accessories for The Pro Shop retail group (all 9 stores). Responsibilities include planning buying strategy, managing and planning budgets for monthly spend, constantly improving buying strategy to run portfolio lean and profitable, monthly line reviews and detailed item analysis, weekly portfolio pricing to keep competitive locally and internationally, product and service negotiations, planning and running promotions monthly and annual sales as well as communication and control of portfolio to nine stores locally.

From my 10 years’ experience in the golf industry BSI is by far the leading institute, all staff actually care about every single student’s future and will go out of their way to help you succeed. BSI is well known in the industry and everyone knows that if you have attended BSI you are a better candidate.

To me the best part was having the leading person in his field giving lectures and them not treating us like a student only, you become a friend. These relationships are the most important thing I got as I still call on them from time to time.

My advice to current students would be to use every minute at BSI to the best of your abilities. Every piece of knowledge provided by BSI is key to your personal success.

Gerrit van Niekerk
PGA Diploma, Graduated 2012
Current Position: Sales Manager, The Pro Shop Fourways

My role involves ensuring the sales team/store reach monthly targets, monitoring of stock levels, that staff merchandise the store in according with company standards, and general customer relations.

BSI was pivotal in providing me with all the right tools to enter the golfing industry. It gave me a broad and in-depth overview of almost everything one would need to pursue a career in golf. One of the best things about my time at BSI was the life-long friendships that I made. We are all connected now and able to plug into one-another across the world.

BSI provides you with a solid base from which you can enter, not only the golf industry, but various other avenues to forge a career with substance. I am true thankful for the opportunities created for me. To current students, work hard and enjoy it! Before you know it it’s over so make the best of it!

The key to my success so far is my work ethic, my hunger to learn and the support I receive not only from the company I work for, but from friends.

David Lamprecht
PGA Diploma, Graduated 2011
Current Position: Urban Fairways Golf Singapore

I’m currently the golfing director/acting general manager. Managing all golf-related operations, head golf professional, corporate events, team building and membership sales.

BSI's training and studies gave me the knowledge and foundation to be able to play professional golf for a while and also allowed me to apply all techniques learnt as part of my current coaching programs to date.

My advice to students that are thinking of joining BSI's golf excellence programme is to just do it! The academy is great with coaches who today are still my friends. They have a wealth of knowledge and you will learn a lot.

Dedication, hard work, patience and perserverance is vital to being a tour pro as well as golf coach. If you can stick it out, you will make a success of whatever life throws at you.