A renowned golf coach who tutored Australian champion Jason Day has been able to attend an event involving top juniors, despite facing charges of sexually assaulting a young girl.
Sean Lynch caddied for his step-son at the Pacific Harbour Amateur on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, this week despite a court regarding his charges as so serious he cannot teach children until they are dealt with.
Lynch, 65, walked along the course with the 14-year-old providing advice and tips on each shot – just as he once did for Day, the former world number one.
But his step-son was not the only junior in the field with a number of young girls and boys also competing, with Lynch walking among them despite strict bail conditions banning him from coaching.
Lynch’s appearance at the golf tournament came on the same day he was supposed to front court for a further mention of the charges against him.
He is facing a total of six charges, with five relating to his alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl and the final being possessing child exploitation images.
The Brisbane Magistrates Court granted him bail and Lynch has strongly denied the charges against him.
His lawyer Scott Webb told the court in December his client denied all the charges and he and his wife Challie Takis had just been trying to assist the ‘troubled’ girl.
‘My client denies each and every allegation that has been said,’ Mr Webb told Brisbane Magistrates Court at the successful bail application.
‘There’s a lot more to this than, I would suggest, probably meets the eye.’
Prosecutor Tim Wise told the court the allegations against Lynch included sexually touching the girl and getting her to touch his genitals.
Lynch allegedly assaulted the girl five times at four locations across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and showed her pornography.
Among the locations he is alleged to have molested the girl include his former home in Nudgee Beach and a golf club.
Last month he was hit with on extra charge exposing a child to an indecent video.
Mr Webb said Lynch’s family were standing by him and ‘are shocked, as he is, by the nature of these allegations’.
Lynch’s bail conditions include not being allowed to go to the Gold Coast, having no professional contact with children, and handing in his passport.
Lynch has been a golf coach since the 1980s and mentored numerous professional golfers who have tasted international success.
The court heard he is also a sports psychologist, working mainly with adult golfers.
Lynch was also Australia’s PGA tour director in 1999 to 2005 and now partners with Ian Triggs to run Triggs Lynch Golf coaching in Brisbane.
Mr Triggs wrote an affidavit presented in court swearing he gave the girl golf coaching for the past four years.
Mr Webb told the court Mr Triggs claimed the alleged victim came from a ‘dysfunctional home’.
Lynch was a coach on Channel 7 golfing reality TV show The Cut in the early 2000s which saw the emergence of Day.
He was heavily involved in developing and mentoring Day, particularly on the mental side of his game, for years afterwards.
In 2004 he said Day was ‘very special’ as the then-24-year-old climbed into the top 10 of golf’s world rankings under his tutelage.
Other golfers taken under his wing include two-time Australian open winner Greg Chalmers, along with regular PGA tour players Marcus Fraser, Jarrod Lyle, Lindsay Wright, and Andre Stoltz.
He and his wife sold their Nudgee Beach home earlier this year to downsize to the two-bedroom $669,000 Banyo pad that backs onto a golf course.