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.
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.