David was trained at the world famous Royal County Down Links with Kevan Whitson, where his passion for coaching and performance was underpinned. As well as being an active swing and golf coaching tutor at the Belfry, David has had the honor of representing The CPG and The R&A on golf missions and speaking engagements in Panama, Brazil, India, Bulgaria, Hungary, Chile, Bahrain and Ukraine. Whilst in these countries, David advised on golf development, as well as high performance and competitive programs.
Changing gear, David conducted workshops for The British 3-Day eventing team in advance of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, on coaching behaviors and best practice for athletes.
David also assumed the Performance Director’s position in Turkey 2008-2010 leading the national team to an all-time high position in The Eisenhower Trophy (T17) and was involved in the national program for the development of regional centers in Turkey, a developing golf nation. He also holds extensive experience in facility management most notably initially as Director of Golf at The National golf club of Turkey, Head Professional at Grange Golf Club in Dublin and his most recent post as Director of Golf at Carton House. Whilst working at Carton House, along with his duties as the team lead for the Irish Ladies, David led the team at Carton House when hosting the successful staging of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships - The Eisenhower Trophy and The Espirito Santo Trophy. This was David's 7th World Amateur Championship, and first as the Team Director and Facility Director.
David, as performance lead for Irish Ladies Golf, introduced the multi-disciplinary approach of introducing fellow PGA Professionals to concentrate on specialist roles within the game such as short game, putting and long game analysis. By also introducing a specialist U-16 Development Coach, Ireland has achieved numerous noted successes on the ladies’ stage in the past few years. 2016 Girls Home International Champions (for the first time in history), 2017 Ladies Home International Champions, along with numerous individual performances. However, perhaps the teams most notable result was the first medal won by a British Isles nation in the Espirito Santo Trophy in Mexico, 2016 when at the time, two Irish players who populated the world’s top 10, Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey were joined by teenage starlet Annabel Wilson to bring home the bronze medal. I
In March 2020, David along with Marie Jeffrey and Justin Walsh, completed the work in writing “Parents in Golf” and activator programs for The CPG. Both programs are geared to drive golf participation and enhance coaching knowledge worldwide. He is also co-author of Junior Golf Ireland’s player development training books.
David finished his duties as Performance Director for The Irish Ladies Team on December 31st 2020, with his final duty however will be fulfilling his obligation and lead Team Ireland Ladies to The Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.
He looks forward to developing davidkearney.golf worldwide over the coming years.
“David visited India on a couple of occasions at the behest of the R&A to provide some training to our teaching professionals in India. As the Indian program was still very young and in its early stages we were fortunate to have David’s guidance and inputs. He provided us with some great insights on systems for planning lessons and mapping student’s progress as well as some excellent information on elite player development. It was an invaluable experience for us to have been able to share his knowledge and insights.”