Meet the Academy Coaches

The Cheshire County Golf Partnership has recently recruited 10 of the best PGA Professionals from across Cheshire as our County Academy Coaches:

Iain Seath - Astbury GC - County Academy Training Coordinator


I am Head Teaching Golf Professional at Astbury Golf Club and have been a Golf Professional for 7 years. I coach all categories of golfer’s from beginners to the elite golfer. Majority of my time is time is dedicated to Junior golf at Astbury Golf Club in which I run a Junior Academy where I develop Junior golf to a high level.

As an Academy Coach I am dedicated to finding new talent and developing my students so that they maximise their potential in a way that will take them to county standard and beyond. I am extremely passionate about the game and I hope to inspire them to follow a career in golf.


Steven Priest - De Vere Carden Park GC

I am Head Golf Professional at Carden Park Golf Academy and have been a Golf Professional for 12 years. I have coached young golfer's for the majority of the 12 years. Junior golf coaching development is at the fore front of our goals for the academy. I look to make the academy a friendly and fun environment for children to learn regardless of age or ability. A child's enjoyment is my primary goal as learning happens as a result of enjoyment.


Mark Johnson - Styal GC


Since qualifying with a distinction in 2003, I have dedicated all of my time to coaching, particularly to developing, running and delivering the junior golf programme at Styal Golf Club. I am passionate about delivering quality coaching and I have enthusiasm for teaching all aspects of the game.

By taking the time to teach young golfers, the key fundamentals of golf can be learnt from the beginning to provide a solid platform for all future development. I believe the heart of golf development is delivering a quality coaching programme from the outset.

I also have a wide experience of coaching all playing abilities, from beginner to elite, and have specific knowledge in sports psychology, golf specific physiotherapy, biomechanics and 3D motion analysis.


Mark Pilling - Prestbury GC

My name is Mark Pilling and I'm the Teaching Professional at Prestbury Golf Club.  I turned professional in 2004 following a successful amateur career in which I won the 2002 British Boys Championship at Carnoustie, 2003 Faldo Series and the 2003 Cheshire County Championships.  I then played on the PGA Euro Pro Tour for three years before focusing my career on coaching.
My teaching philosophy is to help others achieve their goals through simple, effective and innovative advice.  Using the Laws of Impact as the base for my coaching, I aim to help players improve all aspects of their game and most importantly meet their ambitions.
The Cheshire County Academy programme is a very exciting project to be involved in and I look forward to helping Cheshire's youngster achieve great success


Matthew Turnock - De Vere Mottram Hall GC


·          Turned Professional in 1989 aged 18. Joined De Vere Mottram Hall in 1992.
·          Achieved an “A” Grade in Teaching examination (1994), have attended many teaching seminars over the year’s featuring guest speakers such as David Leadbetter, Pete Cowan & Dennis Pugh etc imparting their experiences and knowledge.
·          Gained many other coaching qualifications including: Harold Swash Putting Coach (1992), Diploma in Sports Psychology – Newcastle College (1998), Accredited “InnerCaddy” Psychology Coach (2005) and qualified as a PING Club Custom Fit Technician (2006).
Known for my ability to communicate clearly and simply at all levels

·          To provide pupils with a clear understanding of the importance of a sound set up, efficient swing positions and the correct use of body movements to maximise leverage & power to enable optimum personal performance.
·          Teach “ball flight” laws / knowledge to help players recognise problems as they occur and be able to “self correct” with relevant drills and exercises unique to that players tendencies.
·          Encourage players to “enjoy” the learning experience and the “fun” that can be derived from experimenting, ultimately leading to better control of the ball and themselves on the golf course.


Ben Spanton- PGA Professional Warrington GC

I am a PGA Professional at Warrington Golf Club. I turned professional in 2009 whilst undertaking my degree in Applied Golf Management Studies at University of Birmingham. I have been working at Warrington Golf Club since August 2010 and in April 2011 I became a fully qualified professional.

Since joining Warrington I have gained experience in coaching a wide variety of all playing abilities. The majority of my coaching has been dedicated to juniors, ladies, beginners and elite in both individual and group lessons.  I thoroughly enjoy coaching and I always aim to deliver high quality teaching in all the skills required for golf.

I strongly believe that teaching juniors the key fundamentals early on in their experience will only help them to develop into successful players in the long-term. I believe through setting challenging tasks and encouraging enjoyment to all young golfers, will help players to improve all aspects of their game and meet their goals.

As a Cheshire County Academy Coach I am very much looking forward to working alongside other PGA Professionals to find new talent and helping the county’s young golfers on their way to success.


Tony Davies - PGA Professional Moreton Hills Golf Centre


I am a level 3 PGA coach class AA, and am currently Head PGA Professional at Moreton Hills Golf Centre and have been teaching in the county for over 15 years. I am known for my strong motivational skills and dedication to students from beginner to advanced players. Having played for the county myself I am fully aware of the time, dedication and patience needed to reach the standard to become an elite player.

Strength, flexibility, balance and co-ordination are all fundamentals of building great golfers of the future, and the county academy programme covers all these aspects. I believe it is very important to develop each of these areas at the right age and time in a child’s life to make sure they reach their full potential in the future.

I very much look forward to coaching and developing the young talented golfers we have in Cheshire.


Aaron Phelps-Naqvi

I am passionate about delivering psychological support to individuals and groups that is focused on enhancing sporting performance. Having worked within a variety of sporting arenas, I provide tailored and practical support to individuals at all levels of ability. As an expert in delivering psychological skills techniques, I am dedicated to supporting athletes develop their; self-confidence, ability to concentrate, adopt positive thinking, and manage anxiety in order to help enhance their performance and achieve their long term goals.

Craig Thomas
Cheshire County Golf Partnership Development Officer
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