Tom Berndt

Tom Berndt

Director of Coaching at Hills Golf Academy
Tom Berndt is one of the most highly credentialed and well-respected professionals in both Australia and the USA. He has come to Hills Golf Academy with a wealth of experience in coaching elite tournament professionals as well as working with golfing students who have been studying academically in Australia. As Head Coach of the IPCA program, Tom worked with over 200 college students. Over 20 of these students have gone on to become golf professionals in their respective countries.
Some of the notable players Tom has coached are Females – Rachel Hetherington (USLPGA), Hee Young Park (USLPGA), dual major champion Yanni Tseng (USLPGA), Simon Nash (European Tour), Chiaki Yoshizaki (JLPGA), Aki Ikeda (JLPGA), Nahoko Matsumoto (JLPGA) and Yoko Takai (JLPGA) and Males – Kenny Ryu (JPGA), Tetsuya Watari (JPGA), Michael Wright (One Asia/Australasia), Henry Epstein (One Asia/Australasia), Brenton Fowler (Canadian Tour), Yu Iked a (JPGA), Travis Johns (USPGA).
International Experience
Tom returned to Australia in 1996 after several years working with Bill Munguia who was one of the largest golf operators in the southern USA. Bill and Tom owned three driving ranges and golf schools in Tennessee and Mississippi. Tom was awarded Coach of The Year in 1995 for the Southern USA Region and has an extensive network of contacts in the lucrative USA golf market. Tom was the coach of the IPCA ladies golf team who competed annually at the NCAA Division 1 tournament in Arizona. His team won the tournament twice and was runner up once in a five year period from 2000 to 2004. The only all Japanese team to have achieved this feat in the history of the NCAA.
Tom has been instrumental in creating and organising the Hills Asian Junior Tour. Beginning in 2011 with just one tournament played in Taiwan, three in 2012 (Taiwan, Korea, & China), and now nine tournaments in 2016 Taiwan, Korea, China, Thailand, Japan, India, Malaysia, New Zealand & Australia, this tour has quickly become well respected amongst junior golfers within the Asia Pacific region with six of those tournaments having World Ranking Status issued by the R & A.
Tom has presented workshop and coaching seminars in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Thailand. As with the USA, Tom’s knowledge and extensive network in Asia is extremely valuable for our students.
US College Golf
Tom has presented seminars on how to go about obtaining US College scholarships in sport (particularly in Golf). He has collaborated with US College coaches and US Recruiting Companies in helping place many students into college programs in the USA.
PGA Australia and USPGA
Tom did extensive work developing the PGA Academy as co-ordinator with the PGAQueensland. He presented and organised Members Education and the Trainee Professional Programme during the period 1988-1993. Rod Pampling and JohnSenden were two Trainee graduates during that period. In 1993, Tom set up PGA bridging schools for tour professionals to the Australian PGA. He was a guest lecturer at intensive training schools for PGA Australia Academy for four years (1996–1999). In the USA, he presented several seminars for the Tennessee PGA on peakperformance factors. He was presenter at 1998 National Golf Summit ran by the PGA of Australia as well as assisted in presentations (physical components of the golf swing) in the 2002 PGA Golf Summit.
South East Queensland District Golf Association
Tom has been the Junior Coordinator for the SEQDGA since 2013. He has helped existing programs within the district as well as golf clubs starting up a new junior program. He has conducted several seminars to improve junior coaching and has run the elite junior program for the SEQDGA. Tom created a junior program called “PeeWee Pennants” which has been now adopted Australia wide.
Media
Tom’s media work included 6 years on Radio 4QR Drive Time Talk back (1987-1993). Whilst in the USA (1993-1996), he did radio and television appearances in the Tennessee region. Tom has written several articles published in magazines and newspapers.
Golf Technology
It was his innovative approach that led him to introduce the latest high-tech Computer Coach system into Australia (first of its kind). Tom co-ordinated field testing for Dr Bob Busch, R&D scientist for True Temper. Tom has extensive knowledge on Trackman and Flightscope technology, Puttlab, K-Vest, 3D analysis and Focus Band.
Sports Science Research
Tom conducted research into sports vision with Dr Bob Lees 1989. Their findings were published in Optical Journal, Australian Golf Digest and PGA National. It was through these findings that influenced professionals to start wearing sunglasses during tournaments.
Psychology – In 1994, Tom teamed with Dr Dale Foster (Tennessee) utilizing biofeedback equipment to measure brainwave patterning. They were looking for what was the “Peak performing state” of a player whilst competing. This lead to Tom and Dr Foster conducting several seminars for PGA members in the Southern USA Region.
In 2007, he collaborated with Dr Paul Mahoney into a study regarding brainwave patterning whilst putting. Dr Mahoney published his findings in university journals.