By Diarmaid Doherty @dgldemocrat

Letterkenny Golf Club’s new professional Seamus McMonagle has revealed big plans for the club.

He hopes to develop a new indoor teaching bay where those availing of lessons will be taught in state-of-the-art facilities.

The new centre will include a simulator and camera for video analysis, and even a gymnasium.

The Barnhill course already includes a practice area but Seamus said during the winter months, it’s important to have somewhere for golfers to hone their skills.

“I want to try and have a nice facility where players can come for a lesson,” Seamus said.

“The weather is terrible in the winter in Donegal and at times it can be hard to give lessons in the winter months.

“My plan is to put in a top quality teaching facility. You can get your lesson, avail of video analysis, sit down and look over your swing and if need be, we can put together a fitness programme to go with it.

“ I just want to make it as professional as possible.”

Seamus was formally welcomed to the club this week and Captains, Ivan Furey and Jacqueline Ireland both wished him well in his new position.

Donegal GAA captain, Michael Murphy, who's also a keen golfer, was also present to offer his good wishes to Letterkenny Golf Club's new addition.

Seamus has been associated with a host of other clubs in Donegal including Dunfanaghy GC, Cruit Island GC, Falcarragh GC and Rosapenna GC.

He will continue to work with the members at those clus and said he hopes to get to work with Letterkenny’s junior players as soon as he can.

Seamus has worked for over five years with young players around the county and said he hopes that with quality coaching, Donegal can start producing quality golfers for the professional circuit.

“It’s an opportunity now to take my coaching to letterkenny Golf club,” he said.

“I want to start producing good golfers out of Donegal. It’s not really been happening because there hasn’t been any standard of coaching.

Seamus will also be available for private lessons and said he plans to work with beginners, ladies and gents, as well the existing members.

“It’s a new chapter for me, and I’m really looking forward to it.”