All our coaches offer the latest techniques – video analysis,instant lesson reporting, follow up notes and structured lesson packages.
Richard Benyon – Head Professional
PGA Golf Professional Class AA
Richard (Richie) turned Professional in 1997 working at Blundell’s Hill Golf Club, he then moved to further his career to Huyton and Prescott GC and then eventually moved to Southport Golf Academy where he graduated through the PGA diploma programme.
Richie has more than 17 year’s experience of working in the Southport & Lancashire area in which time he has introduced many juniors into the game of golf through various programmes and we now use the specialist programme he has written.
Richie’s client base is long, wide ranging and varied – both men and ladies – many clients have been coming to him for years for refreshers and swing studies. However he is best known for his sterling work with the Juniors we are all proud of here. One of whom has developed to be our Director of Golf, James Carpenter (below).
Richie is appointed to coach the successful Lancashire Boys Development Squads here at SGA as well as across the County.
James Carpenter – Director of Golf
Fellow of European Golf Teaching Federation (EGTF)
James, the youngest of our team, but nevertheless a key part of our coaching setup as he has taken a slightly different path towards his coaching abilities. Originally learning the game as a Junior here at the Academy – taught by Richie – he has studied and completed a degree in Golf Coaching, an Honours Degree in Golf Management and is a qualified EGTF professional.
Quite apart from working with our Juniors for many years, he now has his own growing client base since arriving from Mottram Hall Hotel and Country Club in Cheshire where he was able to work on the swings of several Manchester United players! James is particularly keen on proper nutrition and diet regimes to suit golfers of all ages and abilities, as well as simple but effective fitness and exercise methods that help players of all ges, shapes and sizes!
James has also studied the latest methods in Junior Golf Coaching and brings this to his colleagues. Our coaches expertise, especially in working with juniors, sees them working closely with England Golf around the region to deliver large amounts of golf coaching in schools. James also works with the Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association as a coach with the Lancashire girls development program.
In 2016 James was invited to join tour players such as Padraig Harrington and Kevin Streelman as part of the Wilson Advisory Staff. His appointment as one of only a handful of WAS clubfitters in the country cements SGA as the regional performance centre for the brand.