Staff
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David Watt

Director of Golf & Head Coach

David moved to St Andrews in January 2011 to take up the role of Senior Instructor for the St Andrews Links Trust, based out of the world class St Andrews Links Golf Academy.

Shortly after beginning at the Academy he started working in a coaching capacity for the University of St Andrews and quickly moved on to become the Men’s Head Coach for Saints Golf. In 2012 it was decided to appoint a Director of Golf to the programme, a move which David relished allowing him the chance to develop Saints Golf into an internationally respected University Golf Programme. As well as retaining a coaching role with the students David now focusses on areas such as fundraising, recruitment, marketing and development – all in an effort to achieve our ambitious goals as a programme at one of the finest and most historic Universities in the world.

David’s coaching background started back in 2002 when he took a position at Kings Acre Golf Academy in Edinburgh; it was here his coaching development started under the mentorship of both Alan Murdoch and Claude Harmon III. An early interest in technology and its use in fields such as biomechanics stemmed from his educational background studying Physics at the University of St Andrews. Upon leaving Edinburgh he started his own coaching business in the West of Scotland and at this time became involved in the early days of the TPI educational programme. In 2011 David was one of the first coaches in the UK to obtain a Level 3 TPI certification which was immediately put to good use at the St Andrews Links Academy working with their technology such as the AMM 3D Motion Tracking System, SAM Balance Lab and Trackman.

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Fintan Bonner

Assistant Coach

Fintan joined Saints Golf after becoming part of the coaching team at the St Andrews Links Academy, prior to this he held a coaching role at Black Bush Golf Club in Ireland. He began playing golf at a young age and achieved a wide range of success as an amateur. Whilst he was a junior he was selected to be a member of the Leinster Elite Panel and was chosen to represent his province on numerous occasions.

At University College Dublin, Fintan achieved a Diploma in Sports Management and went on to achieve a BA Honours Degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management at the National College of Ireland. He was awarded a Golf Scholarship at both of these Universities and was a member of the winning team that clinched the Irish Universities Championship two years in a row.

From a coaching standpoint Fintan is a Level 3 qualified coach and also an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner. He believes that the roots of good coaching are grounded in the instructor’s ability to communicate effectively with their student and create a successful learning environment.  As well as being a highly regarded instructor, Fintan is a Custom Fit Specialist, having trained with some of the top customisation experts in the world.

  • “To play for the University of St Andrews Golf Team made that experience even more important to me – the combination of the traditions, the people I’ve met through the matches and the wider network, the extraordinary places we played, and the consistently brilliant competition, are highlights of my life.”
    Storm Boswick – MA Honours, 1991
  • “I am proud to support the golf program at the University of St Andrews. The Home of Golf is an iconic place where the history, values and the tradition of the game are intertwined with the culture of the town and the people who reside there.”
    Tom Ross – Managing Director of Raymond James & Associates, 600 Club Member
  • “I decided to start supporting the University of St Andrews golf programs about five years ago. I thought I could help make a difference for these programs by financially helping you start a golf donor program. I'm very proud that you have used my funds to create a Saints Golf Website to help you get the word out.”
    Van deWar – 600 Club Founding Member
  • “For over 600 years the town of St Andrews and the University of St Andrews have had a seamless partnership that celebrates the legacy, tradition, and values that bind them together. This standard of excellence is seen through the prism of the Golf Programme.”
    Dave Bonuccelli – David L Bonuccelli & Associates, 600 Club Member