Scottish-born golfer and a PGA professional since 1998, Malcolm Young is a two-time winner of the UAE PGA Professional Championships, taking top honours in 2010 and 2012. Throughout his career, he has trained with world-famous professionals and developed coaching techniques and programmes with them.
A TPI and AimPoint-certified golfing professional with over 24 years' coaching experience, he recently coached the 2017 Emirates Golf Federation Men's Amateur Champion.
In his decade-long tenure as Head Professional at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club in Dubai, Malcolm was responsible for daily operations, implementing new technology, hosting specialist coaching clinics and ensuring the growth of the Academy and their students.
Director, Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf
A graduate in Professional Golf Management from the Mississippi State University, Shay Robert Smart is a USPGA Class A professional since 2000, a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified golf instructor, and a Harold Swash accredited putting specific instructor. Shay is fluent in English and conversational Mandarin which enables him to teach people in different languages. Prior to Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy, Shay was Director of Instruction at Joe Thiel Golf Academy in China, Director of Golf at Palm Island Resort in China for 6 years, Teaching Professional at Sea Island Golf Club in USA for over 3 years, and Head Golf Professional at Glen Lakes Golf Club in USA for 3 years. Shay has coached both Kitty Tam and Michelle Cheung of the Hong Kong National Junior Team, and Wen Yan Ma of the China Guangzhou Junior Team.
Shay Robert Smart
Lead Instructor, Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf
A native of South Africa, Mareli is an outstanding player and was a multi-sport competitor in high school. Mareli brings her experience and passion as a student, a player, and a coach to HKGTA patrons of all ages and abilities. Her tertiary background includes sports and exercise science, biomechanics, sports psychology, nutrition, and coaching children in golf.
Staff Instructor, Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf
With a degree in Sports Management from Eastern Illinois University, Chloe is a seasoned golfer who began her sporting career in her university’s Women’s Golf Team. Her involvement in intercollegiate sports and her experience volunteering with numerous major golf events (including the PGA Tour Canada from 2014-2015, Hurricane Junior Golf Tour) have afforded her unique insights into varsity athletics and tournament coordination. A committed academic and an accomplished athlete, Chloe was nominated as a candidate for the America National Collegiate Athletic Association’s coveted “Women of the Year Award”. Young, passionate and ambitious, Chloe strives to unlock the potential of every aspiring patron of the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf.