Gareth in the Media

Raflewski enters training aid game

Speculating which high-profile LPGA or PGA tour player the London, Ont.-based swing and short game coach is about to take on is reasonable conjecture at this point, especially since CP Women’s Open champion Jin Young Ko; Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn; Jane Park and PGA Tour rookie Michael Gligic (to name only a few) are all part of the Northern Irishman’s stable.

Jin Young Ko is a success story made (partly) in Canada

Jin Young Ko has climbed to the top part of the leaderboard – and the top of the world – with the help of a coach from London, Ont. Gareth Raflewski, an Irish-born short-game specialist, started working with the South Korean last fall in Florida during an intense two-week boot camp in which the player completely revamped her chipping, pitching and putting.

Jin Young Ko's opportunity to set all-time scoring record

Jin Young Ko’s sophomore LPGA Tour season, which includes four wins, two of them majors, has put her in a spot few have visited. Even though there is still a lot of golf to be played in 2019, Ko could conceivably chase down two all-time LPGA records: one for lowest scoring average, and the other for the highest percentage of greens hit in regulation.

Unique coach uses early practice to make putting more perfect

Gareth Raflewski works with top female pros, including the Jutanugarn sisters, to improve their strokes and peak in competition. The morning after Ariya Jutanugarn wins a tournament, she’s typically on the practice putting green with short-game coach Gareth Raflewski.

A bunch of small steps lead to one major leap for ANA champ J.Y. Ko

Jin Young Ko made a bigger splash than anyone could really see when she leaped into Poppie’s Pond Sunday after winning the ANA Inspiration. An hour or so later, the ripples rolled through the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. When the math was all computed, Ko was projected to move to world No. 1 in Monday’s release of the newest rankings.

Jutanugarn relaxed starting 2019 at No. 1, but still yearns to improve

Four days. That’s all the rest World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn enjoyed over the offseason with a boatload of sponsorship obligations back in Thailand. It’s no wonder she arrived at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions weary and nursing a sore throat. Even so, Jutanugarn looked different. More at ease, more happy-to-be-here than she has at previous season openers.

Canadian coaches killing it

Here’s an interesting ledger worth keeping track of moving forward: The number of players coached by Canadians who’ve won on the PGA and LPGA tours this year.