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Golf Professional

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a bank teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

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Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognised apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

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These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

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At a Glance... header image

There are two main types of Golf Professional: Tournament Players and Club Professionals


The Work header image

Tournament Players have no day-to-day club responsibilities but may receive a retainer from a Club or Company for using its name.  
 
Club Professionals attached to a specific Golf Club concentrate on teaching golf, repairing clubs, selling golf equipment and generally looking after the golf course and the course staff. They may also be engaged on the design, layout and maintenance of golf courses.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.

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Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations.

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Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions.

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Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.

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Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.

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Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.

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Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards.

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Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events.

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Lead teams by serving as captain.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Developing and Building Teams:  Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The essential requirements for success are playing skill, capacity for hard work, willingness to learn and a determination to maintain discipline over mind and body.  
 
Tournament players should be exceptionally talented at playing golf. Inevitably, sometimes even the best sportspeople do not play to their full potential and lose competitions. Therefore, you must have the self-confidence and determination to carry on competing.  
 
Self-motivation is also important to compete in what can sometimes be a highly pressurised profession. Added to this is the pressure of injury that could put a sudden end to a sporting career.


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Organisation: Golfing Union of Ireland
  Address: National Headquarters, Carton Demesne, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  Tel: (01) 5054000
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Professional Golfers Association (PGA)
  Address: Dundalk Golf Club, Blackrock, Co. Louth
  Tel: (042) 932 1731
  Email: Click here
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