Titleist Staff Advisory Professional Denis McDade has been honoured as the PGA of Australia’s 2012 Teacher of the Year.

McDade, who bases himself at the Yarra Bend Golf Course and Driving Range in Melbourne, accepted the award in front of a room full of his peers on Wednesday night.

Dedicating the achievement to his late father, McDade was humbled to receive the award that is fittingly named in memory of his former employer, Ross Herbert.

A Member of the PGA for over 20 years, Denis has coached as part of the Victorian Institute of Sport Golf Program for 11 years, and has spent two years as the Scholarship Coach at the AIS Golf Program. Denis is also an integral part of the Titleist Performance Institute Staff and oversees the TPI training for Australian and New Zealand PGA Professionals. As Head of the Titleist Performance Institute Junior Advisory Board, McDade is also passionate about researching and improving the way junior golf programs are structured and delivered.

McDade also coaches a number of leading Tournament Professionals including Titleist Brand Ambassadors Marc Leishman recent winner of The Travellers Championship on the PGA Tour, Matt Griffin winner on One ASIA Tour last weekend, Paul Sheehan, Ash Hall and Gareth Paddison. Denis also guided 2011 British Amateur Champion Bryden Macpherson, the first Australian to win the championship since Doug Bachli in 1954.

"On behalf of the PGA and all my fellow Members, I congratulate Denis on this his latest achievement in what has already been an outstanding career,” said Mark Gibson, Chairman of the PGA of Australia.

"Denis has always represented our Association with great passion, and his dedication to the game of golf at all levels commands great respect. I’m sure we will continue to see many more achievements from Denis and his players for many years to come."

At Titleist we're so proud to have PGA Professionals like Denis as Staff Advisory members. They are truly an inspiration to us all. Congratulations Denis from all at Team Titleist Australia - New Zealand.

Denis and Marc Leishman in practice before this year's Open Championship