Golf training studio opens near St Andrews

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A Fife-based PGA Fellow professional golf coach has opened a new purpose built indoor golf studio near St Andrews.

Julie Otto has launched the studio which includes a high-tech simulator that allows golfers to develop their skills and practise both on a simulated range and golf courses.

The Golf Studio, situated just nine miles from St Andrews, known as the home of golf, uses cutting-edge technology, aiming to bring a new dynamic to golf coaching.

It aims to provide a “warm and welcoming environment where golfers can work on their golf technique under expert guidance.”

Julie Otto said: “This facility together with my particular coaching methodology represents a unique offering for all golfers looking to improve their game.

“As we go into the winter months this is an ideal opportunity for golfers to come in to The Golf Studio for some tailored one-to-one coaching to help improve their game.”

“Whilst we continue to see the challenges that COVID presents, we are operating with stringent hygiene and social distancing measures, ensuring the welfare of clients at all times.”

Julie Otto was born in Suffolk and brought up in Felixstowe where her father introduced her to the game at the age of 11.

At the age of 19 she was selected for the first time to represent her country in the European Lady Junior Team Championships and after a rush to get a passport in time she travelled to Germany where the England Team won the gold medal.

Having a taste for international golf, Julie went on to win national and international titles including the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, the English Ladies’ Amateur Championship, the Spanish Amateur Championship and the Australian Amateur Championship during the period from 1987 to 1996.

She represented both England and Great Britain & Ireland from 1986 to 1996 eventually deciding to leave the competitive game as the reigning British Champion after the 1996 Curtis Cup Match.

Making a brief competitive reappearance in 1997, Otto and her foursomes partner Helen Wadsworth won the 1997 Sunningdale Foursomes.

Moving on to a career in administration of the game, Julie took up a position with the Ladies’ Golf Union in St Andrews before joining the staff of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (latterly referred to as The R&A), as assistant director –rules.

With her knowledge of the rules of the game and her administrative experience, Otto has been a rules official at nine Open Championships as well as numerous international events across the world.

Now with a family, Julie Otto has developed a career as a golf coach.

She completed the PGA Training Programme in 2014 and was named Titleist PGA Assistant of the Year 2015, finishing top of her year in academic studies as well as receiving the highest awards for coaching, equipment technology and business modules of the PGA Foundation Degree in Professional Golf Studies.

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