Bronwyn Russell is, or rather was, our only Central Section member in Australia. She has recently been transferred to the International Section, but I wanted you to get to know a little about her before she goes.
Bronwyn, a Brisbane girl, developed her expertise through playing, caddying on the U.S. PGA Tour & coaching golf schools in Arizona, California, Utah & Colorado. She has been a member of the LPGA since 1994 as well as a member of the ALPG in Australia. She also holds a Level Three Golf Fitness Certification through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) which is recognized as the premier research and coaching facility for golf fitness globally.
She first came to the United States when she married a Texan who was playing in an event in Australia. She met him through her brother, who was also a Golf Professional. She spent the next 6 years on the World Tour caddying for her husband. There was a massive amount of travel between Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. which gave her time to be with her husband but also developed her desire to teach. She had been exposed to many facets of the game and not knowing until getting to the first tee, was the first female caddy in the U.S. Open at Baltusrol Golf Club. She remembers the awesome crowds at all the majors.
She played a limited amount of Professional Tournaments, some in Asia and the Pacific and small events in the U.S. When she stopped caddying she fell back on her college education and took a job for a newspaper in Texas as special sections editor. This allowed her some time to work out what was important to her. She got back into playing but found her real passion was teaching. She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and started from the ground up, working for a golf school. Within two years she was lead instructor and never looked back. Pat Lange was a fabulous mentor for her as she entered the LPGA T&CP Division. She moved with the school to places like Palm Desert, California, Park City, Utah and then on to Denver where she spent 15 years at The Denver Country Club before finally going back to Australia.
She is a consultant for Golf Queensland, which involves player development and participation. She is in her 3rd year of coaching for The Kevin Grove School of Excellence Junior Sharks pilot golf program. The Kelvin Grove State College, in partnership with Golf Queensland, established the Queensland Golf School of Excellence in 1986. The Junior Sharks Program caters for students from 4 to 6 years and acts as an introduction to golf, providing a pathway for students to progress into the Development & Senior Squads. It is conducted once per week at Victoria Park Golf Complex, under the guidance of Bronwyn. She coaches players of all levels and ages and has worked with many disabled and physically challenged players as well.
In 2010, Bronwyn returned to Australia to be close to family. With change brings new opportunities, and, although leaving a wonderful position as Head Teaching Professional at The Denver Country Club, she has had a wonderful journey. She started her own business, BronwynJ Pty Ltd. (Under Australian law, a proprietary limited company (abbreviated as ‘Pty Ltd’). She bases her teaching at Victoria Park Golf Learning Centre in Brisbane. It is a very progressive facility where she works with state and national bodies in junior development and participation as well as event management. Although she enjoys being back in Australia, she misses the LPGA Section events and workshops. She is, however, excited now to be in the International Section. Now that we know you a little better, Bronwyn, you don’t seem that far away! And if we ever go down under, it will be a pleasure to meet you in person.