Welcome to Sunisport and the University Golf Academy
'After teaching golf extensively for over 15 years both in the UK and South Africa the same mistakes keep occurring with similar results. Setting up correctly and being mentally prepared are cornerstone of my teaching philosophy. By having regular lessons with a PGA Professional you will set-up like a pro and know how to manage your game and achieve your best results.' Paul Bowden
SunshineKids began operation in 2004 and now provides golf lessons in school holidays, at schools and after school as an extra curricular sport. Our aim is to make golf fun and to help children realise their potential out on the golf course.
The curriculum that is used by the academy is tried and tested, covering learners from 5 to 16 years of age.
Sunisport was founded in 2008 to expand the business; it now accomodates not only childrens lessons, but ladies and mens tuition, golf holidays and golfing literature.
About Paul Bowden - Author of the SK Books and KZN Teaching Pro of the Year 2012
I am a British Qualified PGA Professional with PGA registration in the UK and (AAA Status) SA. I am the founder of SunshineKids and I believe strongly in the philosophy of Long Term athletic Development, with golf acting as the perfect vehicle on which to develop many sporting and life skills. My objective is to develop sport at grassroots level through curricular support programmes and initiatives at schools and golf clubs.
I was born in Zimbabwe but grew up in South Africa. As a kid I loved all sport including rugby, cricket and other outdoor activities. Golf became my main sport and the many hours of practise paid off with selection in regional and national golf events.
As an amateur I was a member at Royal Durban and Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. My best handicap was +1 and as a junior I was selected for the 1st team at school.
I turned professional in 2001 and then travelled to Britain to undertake the British PGA foundation degree which I was awarded in 2007 and was elected to (A) Class Professional Membership. I am now a resident of both South Africa and England servicing both countries with my unique academies.
My role as a PGA professional includes promoting the sport with the various national golf organisations, running holiday camps with my team, taking golf into schools, teaching ladies, writing golf related curricular support for my books and playing on local and national PGA events.
NEWS: I am also the author of the Gary Player junior golf workbooks which include the Grandslam Series. The books are similar to the SK Series but are specific to the Gary Player Experience based out of the Vodacom World of Golf, Woodmead, Gauteng.
About Alf Hopf - (AAA) PGA Professional (SA) - Partner Sunisport cc and The University Golf Acacdemy
Alf Hopf is a fully qualified member of the PGA of South Africa and a regular on the Senior Pro Tour. Alf is the co-owner of Sunisport cc the holding company of SunshineKids Academies and also the Head Coaching Professional at the University Golf Academy. Alf brings much experience to the table as both a businessman and seasoned golf professional. To contact Alf for a private lessons or SK related orders please phone: 0828912773
Calvin Coelho - PGA assistant
Calvin works with Alf and Paul at the University Golf Academy and came from an extremely strong amateur background. You will regularly see his name in lights as he strides his stuff on the fairways, otherwise he is teaching juniors, ladies and groups at the academy. Calvin also works in our on-site pro shop "Indie Golf Stores" and his skills in the workshop are second to none. Calvin is also trained as a custom fitter with the DNA Mizuno Fitting system and Cleveland fitting. If you are considering a new set or would like to be fitted please contact Calvin or pop into our shop. 311 Francois Road, Glenwood, Durban 4001.
Look out for the SunshineKids (SK) Series: They can be purchased from Indie Golf Stores or posted to you.
- Weeni G for ages 5 to 7 (Completed and in Circulation)
- Mid G for ages 8 + (Completed and in Circulation)