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The Team

Joel Saunders - Head Professional & PGA AAT Class Professional

 Joel has been attached to Verulam as a PGA Professional since 2001 having been a Junior Member of the Club. 

Following qualification to the PGA in 2004, he has developed a busy teaching schedule combined with playing in PGA Tournaments within the East Region PGA and in various National Events. 

Recently Joel has been awarded Foremost Elite Marketing Professional of the year 2015.

Laurence Allen - Academy Managing Director  & PGA AA Class Professional

Laurence has recently joined the team having been based at Brookmans Park Golf Club for 6 years. Coming to Verulam Golf Club as PGA Academy Managing Director his key roles are, driving the Academy & Tuition forward being proactive and innovative in creating and delivering golf development initiatives.

Having completed his PGA Degree in 2012 he has been applying his trade as the Teaching Professional and Junior Co–Coordinator whilst also finding time to play events on the PGA East Region.

Playing golf from the age of 4 through to a top amateur career accompanying the likes of Rory McIlroy has driven his passion for teaching the game of golf. 

“I bring expertise and skills to deliver top class coaching, strategies to enhance grass roots golf and building an environment that every golfer will want to be a part of”.

 Glen Portelli – Tournament & PGA A Class Professional

Glen has recently completed his PGA training. This now gives him a platform to build his playing career which he is highly passionate about whilst combining a teaching schedule.

Prior to his PGA training he was attached to Brocket Hall Golf Club, competing in national and regional amateur events before turning professional with a handicap of plus 2.

Stephen Topping – Trainee PGA Professional

Stephen is the youngest member of our team bringing an abundance of enthusiasm. He currently is involved in his PGA training and playing on small local tours. Recently qualifying as a Level One coach he spends time teaching juniors.  You will often see him around the club playing and practicing.

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