Spencer Henderson aiming to help tee up golfing success for Serbia

Having already worked as the first national coach in both Turkey and Azerbaijan, Scot Spencer Henderson is now excited to be involved in trying to put Serbia on the golfing map.

Spencer Henderson is the senior instructor at Paul Lawrie Golf Centre and is also set to work alongside Lawrie this year on a new Scottish Golf performance programme. Picture: Paul Lawrie Golf Centre

Falkirk-born Henderson has been appointed as a performance advisor by the Golf Association of Serbia, a role he will take on remotely this year due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

He will be combining his new duties with his role as the senior instructor at the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, as well as working alongside Lawrie on a new Scottish Golf performance programme.

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“When I was in Turkey I got to know a gentleman from Serbia who is now the general secretary of the Golf Association of Serbia,” Henderson told The Scotsman. “One of his goals is to try and develop a national team and training structure out there.

“He’s asked me to come on board remotely this year due to Covid and try and help the teams. Both male and female, they have an adult team, a junior team and what they call a prospective team, which is basically a development squad.”

The country has only two nine-hole courses, one driving range and just 700 registered golfers, but, as was the case when he started his roles in both Turkey and Azerbaijan, Serbia has a strong desire to grow the game.

“They have just built a purpose-built indoor training facility for these national squads while a local coach is also involved and he will basically be leading the teams out in Serbia with my support and they have also got a fitness coach on board,” added Henderson.

“Basically my support initially will be through an app we use with the Scotland squad. I set up my first Zoom call with the group a fortnight ago and I was able to outline my ideas to them.

“I am going to be looking at helping them with preparing for tournaments, practice rounds, course management, productive practice.

“They’ve got one guy in the squad who is at college in the States while another one is in the Netherlands.

“When restrictions lift, the plan will definitely be to go out there and spend some time with them and work more on an individual basis. It’s exciting and also something a bit different for me as well.”

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