MEET THE TEAM

Behind every Golf Club around the world are dedicated individuals who work together to form a very successful team, and know where is that more true than the Royal Melbourne Professional Team, come and meet the Team and see a brief insight each team members.

Richard Hatt
Head Golf Professional

Richard has been the Head Professional since 1997 and started at the club in 1992.

Richard was awarded the 2019 Victorian PGA Club Professional of the Year.

He is married with three children. Is passionate about fitness and self improvement. 

Tom Dreher
Senior Assistant Golf Professional

Tom has been a member of the Professional Team since 2005.

After a stint playing on the China PGA Tour in 2011 he returned to Royal Melbourne to Manage the Professional Shop.

Tom is married and has a daughter, loves all sports with a passion for Real Tennis when away from golf.

A true foodie who loves to travel.

Richard Blake
Senior Assistant Golf Professional

Originally from New Zealand Richard began with the Professional Team in 2011

He has a passion for teaching and club-fitting and currently oversees the Royal Melbourne entry level junior programme for children from the age of 5 and older.

He is married with two children and is a self-confessed fan of almost any sport.

Ben Pisani
Senior Assistant Golf Professional

Ben has been a key member of the Royal Melbourne Professional Team since January 2018.

He was awarded Australian PGA Trainee of the year in 2017 and 2019.

Prior to completing his traineeship, Ben played Collegiate Golf at the University of Minnesota 2006-2010 receiving All Conference honors
Originally from Queensland, Ben and his partner Sally love getting out and experiencing the Victorian culture

Kieran Vogels
Assistant Golf Professional

Kieran started at Royal Melbourne in 2018 as a Pro Shop Assistant, in 2019 he commenced his PGA Traineeship.

Began playing golf since four and a half in Singapore.
Originally from Bath, England.
Moved to Aus in 2008.
Received the Blues award for contribution to the winning Vic schools golf team in 2016. 

Ben Allan
Assistant Golf Professional

Ben started at Royal Melbourne in 2018

A dedicated student to the game and further education, Ben completed his Traineeship and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at University of Melbourne both in 2019. He is currently completing
Graduate Diploma of Data Science at Monash University.

A sport junkie who plays the guitar. 

Jade Shellback
Assistant Golf Professional

 Jade started with the Professional Team in 2020. 

Jade has spent the past two years playing on the ALPG Tour in Australia.

She will commence her PGA Traineeship in 2021.

Daniel Whyley
Teaching Professional

Daniel Has been a member of the Coaching Team since 2013

He has a real passion for junior development and was awarded the MyGolf Coach of the Year in 2017.

Current Golf Australia Victorian Development Coach.

 

Sue Imray
Women's Retail Manager

Sue has been an integral member of the Professional Team since 1998.

Sue's passion for fashion has lead to her creating a reputation in the industry as a leader in the Women's Clothing for Pro Shops

Sue is married with two children, another foodie in the team and avid golfer.

Helen Bourne
Women's Retail Assistant

Helen started at Royal Melbourne 2003

Member at Victoria GC

Married 35 years to Trevor & mother to two boys. Nanny to Oliver

Favorite activity’s apart from golf include beach walking with our lab Louie , yoga & SUP boarding.