Australia Day

26 January 2015

87 days to go

Charlie Earp OAM

Charlie Earp OAM

Australia's most recognised golf coach

Charlie Earp is regarded as one of the world's foremost golf coaches and has nurtured many of Australia's greatest golfing talents. Having coached Greg Norman and Wayne Grady, Charlie is Australia's most recognised golf coach but his contributions go way beyond this. It's the help he freely gives to junior golfers and his club's members that really makes Charlie stand out. As an inspiration to the game Charlie has taught tens of thousands of pupils throughout his time as a club professional, passing on his traits and mentoring  junior golfers.

In 1958, Charlie was appointed the Professional at Royal Queensland Golf Club thereby curtailing a promising playing career. In 1962 he was appointed president of the Queensland Professional Golfers' Association. Instrumental in this time, Charlie helped to establish the Sunshine Circuit for Professionals throughout Queensland, the Northern Territory and New Guinea.

In 1978, Charlie was awarded Life Membership to the Australian PGA in recognition of services performed and, in 2000, was awarded the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1982, Charlie was appointed Queensland state coach to both the senior and junior amateur teams under the auspices of the Queensland Golf Union and, in 1987, assisted in the set up of the Greg Norman Junior Golf Foundation to encourage junior golfers.

Charlie was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame as an Associate (Coaching) Member in 1990 and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to golf in 1993.

Although officially retired from his position at Royal Queensland Golf Club since 2003, Charlie remains as Chairman of the Greg Norman Golf Foundation and regularly assists with junior clinics and presentations for its members across the state.