Styal Golf Juniors

PGA Lead Professional Mark Johnson

Description: qualifying with a distinction in 2003, Mark has dedicated all of his time to coaching, particularly to developing, running and delivering the junior golf programme at Styal Golf Club. “I am passionate about delivering quality coaching. 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.”

Mark also has a wide experience coaching players of all abilities, from beginner to elite, and has specific knowledge in sports psychology, golf specific physiotherapy, biomechanics, 3D motion analysis and Trackman.

Mark is a Cheshire County Coach taking a key role in developing young county prospects currently coaching the under 14’s and 14 to 18’s performance squads.

Mark has also been nominated and is a finalist for ‘Coach of the Year’ in the 2019 Engand Golf Awards.

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PGA Professional Nico Porro

Description: has 14 years experience of playing golf, a wealth of experience playing as an amateur including winning the Prestbury Scratch Championship. Since turning professional in 2011 Nico has been developing his passion for teaching particularly with his dedication to the junior programmes. He is able to quickly build rapport and has a great ability to connect with the junior golfers.

Nico has an excellent appreciation of the numerous different perspectives and approaches used in order to attain a higher level of golfing ability. His interest in all areas of the game; technical, tactical mental and physical has resulted in him acquiring a vast amount of knowledge about the game. Nico understands that every golfer has their own unique style of learning and the importance of adapting his style of teaching to each individual. 

Junior Captain 2018
Daniel Beck

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Dan is looking forward to developing the team by giving other juniors the opportunity to play in the junior team. He is looking forward to the challenge and hopes to do the best he can to lead the team to outstanding victories in the future.

We wish Joe the best of luck for 2018.



“I am privileged to have grown up involved in the fantastic facilities at Styal. Mark and the Cheshire Academy Team do a great job nurturing young talented golfers through the coaching programme. They provide great opportunities to compete, a vital ingredient that has got me where I am today”,
David Horsey, PGA European Tour Winner.

“It is very difficult to summarise in just a few words how ‘brilliant’ the junior set up is at Styal!

From the basic coaching at the start, to the development of junior golfers taking on adults in competitions. We have been so impressed how it is assisted in our son ‘growing up’, developing confidence, Interacting with people and making new friends as well as enjoying the game.

We cannot recommend the club highly enough. Many Thanks.”
Gary and Sue.

“From my point of view I think it’s professional, friendly, well organised, fun and gives the children a skill that will last a lifetime!”
Andy Blackburn

“My Son has been part of Styal golf junior academy for about 4 years now. The coaching is outstanding and the support through each coaching level has been excellent. The facilities are of the highest standard with an incredible 9 hole Par 3. There are numerous competitions throughout the season on both the Par 3 and the main course. They are great fun with some amazing trophies at the after match presentations. His golf has developed well through expert coaching and he now plays on the 18 hole main course in numerous junior competitions and is also a member of the Junior Team. It is a great place for him to spend his time in a safe and welcoming environment.”
Andrew Nevins

The Junior section of Styal Golf Club provides an excellent environment for young golfers. Dedicated, patient and friendly coaches help motivate young golfers to practice and improve, whilst numerous competitions help youngsters to self assess the results of their efforts. Over the last 6 to 7 years, my son has benefited a lot from this structured approach.
Dr. R. Anand

“My son has been receiving coaching from Styal golf club for over 5 years and absolutely loves it. The junior section is about the best you can find and the staff have worked really hard to build it up. The teaching is great with many levels to develop the kids all the way. We particularly enjoy the handicapped competitions with the leader board tracking and seeing my son win several trophies has made it all worthwhile. He now has a full membership and spends all his holidays on the course with the other juniors. Thank you.”
Michael Kenyon

“The Par 3 competitions have been a great introduction to competitive golf for my son and daughter. They are superbly organised and great fun!”
Andrew James

2012 was a year not to forget here at Styal and a true reflection of how the Academy produces promising golfers.

If we were to say that golf was a results business then who could argue with our achievements in 2012 as we gracefully collected the following honours.

The junior team won the Williams BMW knock-out tournament the most prestigious team tournament in the North West of England.

Natalie Lowe defended her title and became the 2012 Cheshire ladies Champion for the second year running. James Mccormick became the 2012 Cheshire men’s Champion and Charlotte leathem became the Cheshire Girls Champion.”
Gynn Traynor Director of Golf

Golf Mark Award

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Styal Golf Club achieved the ‘Golfmark Award’ in 2011 and continues to meet the high standards of the award. We have updated and renewed our award from 2017-2020.

‘GolfMark is a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly facilities’. The club is assessed on three key areas:

  • Coaching & Playing
  • Club Environment (including sports equity & ethics)
  • Child Protection & Duty of Care

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    As a GolfMark accredited club we ensure that the following benefits are in place:

  • A structured environment in which to develop as a player and a person.
  • A fun, enjoyable, welcoming environment.
  • Access to appropriate levels of coaching and competition.
  • To be part of a game that will teach respect, social & life skills, discipline, honesty, integrity, motivation and much more.
  • Creating a structured pathway into adult membership.

  • For more information about the Golfmark award please see

    Golf Roots

    Golf Roots is a ‘Golf Foundation’ initiative, a charity committed to the sporting and social development of young people through golf.

    The funding has enabled us to go into local schools and offer some free ‘Tri-Golf’ sessions. The foundation aims are:

    “Encouraging children and young people to learn and practice the basic playing skills – putting, short game, long game, course play and the golfer’s code – will lead to the psychological and physical benefits associated with improvement, personal achievement and life-long participation in sport”!