Student Success Story: Andrew Dodt & Adam Blyth

Seasoned Victoria Park golf coach Jim Barden may be one to fly under the radar but his students certainly do not. Andrew Dodt (pictured above) and Adam Blyth (pictured below) have both experienced a great season in 2016 with success on the Australasian Tour. Andrew and Adam have been coached by Jim for 12 and 15 years respectively and not only does Jim travel all over the world to watch them play but they both always look to fit in a lesson at the Victoria Park Golf Learning Centre when they’re back in Brisbane.

Andrew recently enjoyed success with a 2nd place finish at the 2016 Australian PGA Championship and tied third the week following at he Hong Kong Open. Andrew is also a two-time European Tour winner and is currently ranked 215th in the world. He currently sits 2nd in the European Tour’s Race To Dubai.


Adam had a fantastic year with two 1st place finishes; the South Pacific Open Championship in New Caledonia and the New South Wales Open. He now sits at 276th in the world rankings and was recently awarded the 2016 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia player of the year.

With such a strong year for both players Jim was proud to see his players’ finish 4th and 6th respectively on the 2016 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit. You can see both players statistics here –

No stranger to success, Jim has previously been awarded QLD PGA Teaching Professional of the year and is a former coach for the Queensland Academy of Sport. Jim coaches all skills levels of golfers and is available for lessons in the Golf Learning Centre Tuesday – Sunday. To find out more about our industry leading facility, visit –

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