For over 20 years, Stuart has devoted his life as a PGA coach to the development of junior golf. During his early days as a young assistant at Preston Golf Club, he led the development of their junior development programme which attracted over 200 juniors a week.
Between 2005-2008, Stuart coached in North America and Australia, gaining invaluable experience working alongside a number of highly regarded coaches, some of which were working with tour players and some of which used to be tour players. Fascinated by College Golf, Stuart visited a number of colleges all over the US including the illustrious Stanford University.
On his return to the UK and having been inspired by College Golf, Stuart began developing a golf academy at a small Independent Day & Boarding School, named St Bees, in Cumbria. Through Stuart’s continued efforts, the golf academy gained traction and started to develop competitive golfers. It proved a natural addition to St Bees, a small independent school on the west coast of Cumbria which was already blessed with its own golf course. He led the school’s juniors to a national championship in 2015.
In 2016, Stuart returned to his home County of Lancashire to develop another golf academy, this time at Rossall School, an Independent Day & Boarding School on the Fylde Coast. Surrounded by some of Britain’s finest golf courses and Rossall being considerably larger than St Bees, Stuart’s ambition was to develop the leading golf academy at any Independent School in Britain. In only his second year, 2018, he led the school’s seniors to a national championship, which they won for a second time in 2022, having finished runners up in 2019 & 2021. In 2018/19 Rossall’s Seniors were ranked #1 for the first time, which was repeated in 2020/21 & 2021/22.
Day in day out, Stuart continues to follow the progress being made by many young aspiring golfers from all around the world. Golfers aged 11 – 18 from countries including Mexico, Germany, Spain, France, China, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Nigeria, Kenya and more have opted to be educated at Rossall School where they can also develop as golfers under Stuart’s tutelage.
With such knowledge and through the relationships and connections Stuart has developed throughout his career, it comes as no surprise that numerous US college coaches lean on him for advice and feedback when contemplating which players to sign.