AUSTRALIAN Professional Golfers Association member Graeme Bell has been appointed as the new national golf coach.
Bell was formerly the national instructor for the Papua New Guinea Golf Association.
He brings with him a wealth of knowledge having set up academies in Australia and Malaysia.
His first task will be to groom the national side for the World Amateur Teams Championship in Japan in September.
National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said Bell had seen enormous golfing talent throughout the Pacific Island countries having worked with many.
Chandra said Bell's ability to present golf instruction in a manner that all could understand had brought a lot of young people into the game.
"Graeme sees the opportunity in Fiji to develop golf in the same way he has done successfully in North Queensland and PNG," he said.
"Graeme is a director of International Golf Promotions Pty Ltd and in this role he focuses on the continued growth of the game by implementing golf instruction programs through the company's golf academy, Paradise Palms International Golf Academy.
"His teaching philosophy is that all players have a natural golf swing, no two golfers swing alike and his knowledge of the fundamentals that produce the finest of golfers are applied to these natural talents."
Bell served his golf traineeship at the Pt. Kembla Golf Club with Doug Canty, who was the coach for the 1995 USPGA Championship winner and 10 time USPGA tournament winner Steve Elkington.
He was a successful player before concentrating on coaching, where he has earned high reputation as a golf instructor.
From 1968 to 1971 he was the director of golf instruction at the Studley Park Golf Club in New South Wales.
In 1971, Bell was appointed as director of golf at the Cairns Golf Club in Queensland and remained there until 1986.
During this period he coached both junior and senior North Queensland representative squads and several top amateur players.