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Kelly Bridges Bio

I’m originally from Northampton UK and most people in golfing circles know me as Kelly Hanwell, until I married in 2018.

In 1996 I had the opportunity to go and study in the USA at the University of Arkansas, graduating with a BSC in Financial Management. Also I was awarded a scholarship to play college golf during my 4 years at university and was an active member of the women’s golf team.

Even before turning professional I always had a real  passion for the game as I was a Regional Development Officer for the English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association, a role that had me increasing participation, and raising awareness of, the game of golf.

As an amateur I was a member of the England Under18 Girls Team, won the English Schools Championship, was a member of Northamptonshire County Ladies 1st team for 16 years, won the Midland Ladies Championship, Won the Northamptonshire County Ladies Championship 3 times and the Daily Mail Foursomes Championship. I also hold a number of course records, including 65 at The Bedfordshire GC.

image of top three female golfers, Alex Molin, Kelly Hanwell (now Kelly Bridges) and Emma Fairnie, at PGA annual graduation ceremony in April 2014

Professional Life in Golf Beckons

I turned professional in 2010 and, after completing my PGA training at Rugby Golf Club, Warwickshire, where I’d been working with local schools and running a number of projects teaching people of all abilities, I secured a position as part of the award winning coaching team at Al Badia Golf Club in Dubai. Whilst in Dubai I was responsible for developing the women’s golf academy and delivering coaching sessions to over 100 juniors a week.

During my time at Al Badia I worked with individuals of all abilities, from complete beginners to single figure players, all of whom had very different personal goals. A few notable achievements of some of my clients included breaking par for the first time, having a hole in one and breaking 100.

In 2014 I left Dubai to start a family and moved to Bournemouth. Shortly after moving I was able to secure a position as one of the Teaching Professionals at Broadstone Golf Club where I am able to balance family with my professional life as a golf coach.

Share My Passion

I have a real passion for the game and get great enjoyment from my pupils achieving their aspirations. Throughout my experience being involved with various national and county training programs I have gained invaluable insight into the mechanics of the golf swing and all aspects of what makes a successful coach and player. I am a firm believer that if you get the basics of the golf swing correct then anything can be built from there.

Kelly Bridges

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Kelly is available for individual, group and Love.golf lessons at either Broadstone Golf Club or Canford School Golf Club.
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