Steven Bann - or "Banny" as he is usually known - is one of Australia's best-known golf coaches. After turning professional in 1979, Steven played on the Australian Professional Golf Tour full time from 1981 to 1986 and then part time from 1986 to 1996. From 1986 to 1990 Steven was the Head Professional at Box Hill Golf Club in Melbourne before commencing golf instruction full-time as the founding Head Coach of the world-renowned Victorian Institute of Sport.
Steve was just awarded the 2006 Victorian PGA Coach of the Year.
Steven nurtured and developed the program for six years, which has produced multiple International amateur and professional tournament winners and eight graduates of the program earning their US PGA Tour cards, before handing over the position to his Assistant Coach and now business partner Dale Lynch.
Steven has occupied the position of Head Coach of the Victorian men and ladies State teams and coached the Victorian men's junior team to the national title in 1991 and the ladies team to national titles in 1994 and 1996. (Victoria's only two national titles in the past 25 years).
In 1989 during Steven's tenure as Head Coach of the Victorian men's team, he began coaching then-upcoming junior Stuart Appleby (8 times winner on the US Tour and 2001 Australian Open winner, 10 straight years in the top 50 World Ranking) and has coached Robert Allenby since he was fourteen years old (4 times winner on the US Tour, 4 times winner on the European tour and 1994 Australian Open champion. He remains Stuart Appleby's coach to this day and travels regularly work with him on the US PGA Tour.
Steven's most recent coaching success and new, comer to his stable of World Class golfers is Nick Flanagan 2003 US amateur champion. Nick is currently playing on the USA Nationwide Tour and in the middle of 2006 Steve started work on a full time basis with K.J Choi. K.J won the Chrysler Championship in Tampa in late 2006 12 weeks after starting work with Steve.
Steven is a co-director of Bann Lynch Golf, which operates at the prestigious Melbourne Golf Academy at Capital Golf Club with his co-director Dale Lynch.
Steve has presented several times on the Golf Channel in the USA and with Stuart Appleby on ESPN and ABC.
Steven's coaching has also extended to the written word. For ten years he was the teaching editor for Golf Australia magazine and has written numerous instructional articles and in 2007 he will write feature articles for Golf Illustrated in the USA.
Steven has published four books:
- "My First Golf Book" which aims to introduce young junior players to the game;
- "Golf Gadgets" a book that explains the world of golf improvement products; and
- "Play Like the Pros" a compilation of Steven and Dale Lynchs top one hundred instructional lessons from their weekly newspaper column.
- "Simply Golf Back to Basics" (over 200,000 copies sold world wide)
Steven is a partner and instructor in an internet golf instruction website www.golfspan.com and co owner of Australia's number 1 golf website
Steven has a keen interest in golf technique history and improvement methods, particularly how computer technology and analysis can assist golfers to lower their scores.
Steven also shares his knowledge of the game through his delivery of presentations and lectures to fellow golfers, both amateur and professional. Steven has lectured throughout Australia to the PGA sharing his coaching and was a presenter at the 1992, 1994 and 1996 Australian golf coaching summits.
Outside of golf, Steven's main interests are personal fitness, boating and fishing. Steven originates from Riversdale Golf Club in Melbourne, where he was introduced to the game as a caddie and is today still a club member. Steven is 46 years old, married to Kerrianne and has two teenage daughters, Jessica and Emily.