Gloucestershire Golf Union

Recommended Coaches

As well as using our own coaches (refer left hand menu), we are very keen for players to develop a close relationship across various disciplines with coaches that they are able to see on a very regular basis.

The coaches listed below are all currently working on an individual basis with a player who is in one of our County Coaching Squads. If you are looking for a coach of your own, then why not contact one of these to see how they might be able to help you improve your game - we can obviously recommend our County Coaches too !

Mark Sanders

Mark played for Gloucestershire at every level during the 1990's before becoming English Amateur Champion and representing his country in the Home Internationals.

He is based at Stockwood Vale Golf Club and is currently working with Louis O'Regan, a member of our Gold Squad, and one of the most promising Juniors in the County. 

John Cook

John has a huge amount of playing and coaching experience going back over many years. He has many years of experience coaching players of County and International standard and is based at Witney Lakes Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

John is currently working with Oscar Sharpe and Sam McPherson.... more

Ryan Crowley

Ryan has been a PGA Professional for over 15 years, and is based at the Hambrook Golf Centre in Bristol, having previously been attached to Henbury Golf Club.

Ryan has been working with Nick Day for a number of years,  a period which has seen Nick establish himself as a prolific winner of Duchess Salver events

Stuart Little

Stuart is based at Minchinhampton Golf Club and is a former member of the European Tour.

Since his Professional debut he has played in over 700 West Region P.G.A. events totalling 100+ wins and has set many course records.

Stuart is current working with former County Captain, Nigel Thompson.... more

Dr Brian Hemmings

Brian is a highly qualified psychologist who has been working with Gloucestershire since 2004. He has been the Lead Psychologist to the English Golf Union since 1996, and has a vast amount of experience in golf and a number of other sports at the very highest level.

In his time with Gloucestershire, Brian has worked with the 1st Team and Under 18 Squads. He has helped develop the mental skills of the very best young golfers to have emerged from Gloucestershire in the last few years - including Chris Wood, Chris Lloyd and Adam Carson.... more

Gordon Brand Jnr

Gordon first played for the County Juniors back in the 1970's as a member of Knowle Golf Club, and then went on the represent the County 1st Team , Scotland and Great Britain & Ireland as an amateur - he played in two Eisenhower Trophy teams for GB&I, and one Walker Cup. Having turned pro in 1981, Gordon won twice on the European Tour in his first full season in 1982, and went on to finish in the Top 10 of the European Tour Order of Merit no less than seven times during the 1980's - he represented Europe twice in the Ryder Cup and is currently playing on the European Seniors Tour with great success

David Lake

David is a current member of the County 1st Team Squad, and is a past winner of the County Championship (in 2005 at Knowle). He has been a member of a County Coaching Squad ever since.

In his professional life, David works as a personal trainer in the 'My Life' team that are based in Clifton, Bristol, and is currently working with a number of our Gold Squad players on their individual development programmes. He is also the Under 18 Coaching Squad Manager.

You can contact David on 07748 386625 or at

Simon Sveder-Cain

Simon is a fully qualified Personal Trainer who is based in Dursley at the Courtyard Clinic.

Simon has been providing fitness and nutritional advice to Juniors in the North of the County for the last few years as part of the Under 14 and Under 16 programmes.

Gary Smith

Gary has worked with many players in our 1st Team and Under 18 Squads since 2002 - during that time he has also been a technical coach working with the English Golf Union's elite players, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the professional game.

Gary specialises in the the short game and is an Advanced Fellow of the Professional Golfers Association. He has over 35 years experience coaching players of all standards.... more

Paul Gravell

Paul is a teaching professional at The Bristol Golf Centre at Hambrook, Bristol., having formerly been at The Wiltshire Golf Club. He has been working with Junior golfers for over 15 years, and is currently a coach with the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership

Paul currently works with Joshua Phillips and Joseph Long, both of whom are promising members of our County Junior squads.

You can contact Paul at

Steven Gerrish

Steve is a modern day PGA teaching professional based at Henbury Golf Club, Bristol. He has developed and built upon his impeccable reputation as a top class coach and has coached golfers of all abilities, from complete beginners through to the elite golfers. His teaching philosophy is to purely improve ball flight, and work with golfers on their individual needs. Steve understands the modern approach to the golf swing and what’s needed to develop elite golfer’s playing careers. Steve coaches a number of current and past county players.

You can contact Steve at


Twitter: @pgagerrish

James Harraway

James is a former Wiltshire County Golfer and is currently the PGA Teaching Professional at Cirencester Golf Club.

James keeps his coaching simple and works a lot on the basic fundamentals of the golf swing, believing its vital for the pupil to both understand the principles and enjoy the coaching experience in order to improve.

As well as delivering some course management coaching with the County Under14 side, James currently coaches Mitchell Caunt, a County Under 18 player and Jon Sutherland, a former County player and Europro Tour Professional.

For more information contact James on 07772667976 or is a golf stats recording and analysis system that golfers use to improve, and golf coaches use to improve their golf instruction. It is widely regarded as being the world´s leading and most powerful golf statistics system.

We have an arrangement with Stroke Average that allows members of the County Coaching Programme to use the system at 50% of the normal cost (that's £23.99 per year in 2012). For further information please contact David Hares (County Coaching Chairman) or Mark Sanders (Under 19 Squad Performance Coach) 

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