My golfing career started when my Dad joined Ballinascorney Golf Club in the early 90’s. In the evenings I would go with him and caddy for him. My Dad might describe it more like I occasionally pulled his bag but mostly walked beside him and hit lots of shots . It wasn’t long before I addicted ad joined as a junior member. I can still remember the weekly junior competitions with our table tennis league afterwards on Friday nights and chips in the clubhouse.
Although we had no club professional and very limited practice facilities, Ballinascorney gave me the opportunity to play lots of golf and with its slopey hills and greens my skill level improved quickly.
I was privileged to represent both Leinster and Ireland at U18’s Girls in 1999.
The next chapter of my golfing career took me to the United States of America. There I attended the University of Illinois where I earned a golf scholarship and completed a Bachelors Degree in Finance. My scholarship gave me the opportunity to play tournaments all over the country, practice on great facilities and with great competition daily. and have an opportunity to experience high performance sport all while earning my degree. I was a success on and off the course and received Big Ten Conference academic and playing awards. In the spring of 2004 I won The Illini Spring Classic.
I returned home to Ireland in 2004 and undertook my PGA training in Castlewarden. To be honest I fell into the PGA but life has a way of putting you on the road you were destined for. I feel in love with coaching straight away and I still remember the thrill of giving my first lesson and seeing someone get better at golf. During my 3 year PGA degree with the Universtiy of Birmingham I won the WPGA Irish Championship and graduated 5th overall in GB&I from the PGA.
In 2008 I started MIchelle Carroll Golf and moved to Celbridge Golf Range. Celbridge Golf Range is a great facility with long and short game facilities to coach all levels of golfers on their golfing journey.
Throughout the past decade I’ve continued my professional development through seminars, conferences and peer mentoring. I have also been fortunate to work with the Irish Ladies Golfing Union, the Confederation of Golf in Ireland and the Leinster Branch of the Golfing Union of Ireland. I am currently the Girls U16 Irish Coach, the ILGU Girls Development Coach and the U13 Leinster GUI Development Coach. One of my coaching highlights to date was being part of the team that developed and implemented the Golf4Girls4Life Programme. This programme helps young girls to enjoy and stay in our sport.
Well that’s me! I’m looking forward to meeting you and helping you on your golfing journey!
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