The Pro Shop Team
The Pro Shop Team at the Mendip Golf Club consists of PGA Fellow Professional, Stuart Disney, his assistant James Taylor, PGA Teaching Professional Josh Hirst and Stuart's wife Susanne Disney.
Together the team works hard to guarantee the warmest of welcome to the Club and go above and beyond the expectation of members and visitors alike.
Stuart and Josh excel at teaching, from the elite to complete beginners and from the age of 5 to 105. Stuart has invested in an indoor simulator at the Club to ensure the best teaching and club fitting experience, no matter what the weather!
If you are interested in getting into golf, to improve your game or get back into the game then please take a look at the tuition pages or give the team a call to chat about your requirements.
PGA Fellow Professional Stuart Disney
Stuart Disney is a multi-award winning PGA Professional who has only one goal in life – to introduce and support as many people as possible, from all walks of life, to play golf.
Stuart always knew he was going to be a PGA Professional, he simply loves everything about Golf. In 1990 he turned professional, passing all the PGA exams in 1993. Stuart was the youngest PGA Professional to ever complete the PGA course. In 2007 Stuart was awarded the PGA Advanced Professional status after achieving an Advanced Diploma in Golf Studies, the first to achieve this award academically.
In 2016 Stuart was awarded the status of PGA Fellow Professional for his work as an all-round Club Professional, excelling in all aspects of the role of Club Professional from retail to coaching to membership and guest interaction. Stuart now gives talks to other Club Professionals about how to grow the game of golf.
Stuart has a wealth of experience in introducing golf to groups of people who have maybe felt that the game is out of their reach, especially working with people with disabilities. Stuart has learnt sign language to be able to teach those with hearing loss, has taught people who are blind to play as well as working with people with learning difficulties and children struggling with Autism. It is his drive to make golf accessible for all that has resulted in him being awarded the Devon Sports Award for Contribution to Inclusive Sport and being named as the PGA Development Coach of the Year 2016.
In his playing career, Stuart has reached the Open Championship Final Qualifying, been the Devon Professional Champion and winner of the Devon PGA order of Merit.
Stuart is simply the whole package, whose personal goal is to become a PGA Master Professional by the age of 50.
Describing why he came to The Mendip Golf Club Stuart says:
“The Mendip Golf Club is a progressive Club, it knows the challenges Golf has and that to have a happy and healthy future the club must evolve and progress while keeping hold of traditions that golfers hold dear. The Club is open and the members so friendly, you cannot help but be inspired and motivated at such a welcoming club.”
Josh Hirst, PGA Teaching Professional
Since turning professional and completing his PGA Qualification in 2011, Josh has been focused on introducing as many people as possible to the game of golf. He has helped to improve the capabilities of his pupils, doing whatever he can to make sure that they achieve their goals.
Alongside individual coaching, Josh has a strong passion for developing junior golf by channeling the passion and determination of young players to help them improve their game. As most people learn how to play golf with an exciting and inspiring coach, Josh strives to focus every junior session within a fun environment, as many of us experienced ourselves as junior golfers.
Following the completion of his PGA Training in 2011, Josh was appointed Head of Junior Development at the UK HQ of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at the Leeds Golf Centre. After three years with the David Leadbetter Academy, Josh moved to the Real Aeroclub de Sanitago in Spain to become Head Professional, overseeing the development of teaching structures, staff training, club facilities, beginner golfer programmes and their Junior Academy.
After returning to the UK in July 2016, Josh was appointed as Head of Coaching at Rushmore Golf Club in Wiltshire. During this time, he has introduced numerous golfers to the game and developed members’ coaching sessions. He has also initiated strong partnerships with local schools and helped many of his pupils fall in love with golf again.
Josh’s teaching philosophy is that no two players are the same, meaning he will work with what you have and will not try to turn you into the perfect technical model. “Confidence and trust in your own ability is a must and transferring these changes to the course is an essential aspect of the improvement process.”
Josh is an extremely passionate coach who takes great pride in helping all of his students to improve. He will do all that he can to help players achieve their potential.
Describing why Josh came to The Mendip Golf Club, he says:
“The Mendip Golf Club and Stuart Disney are both extremely forward thinking and motivated to progress. To me, this is essential if golfers are going to get the experience that they are looking for, both on and off the course. I am excited to be part of the future developments at The Mendip Golf Club and to pass on my knowledge and experiences with others"
Susanne Disney is the wife of Fellow PGA Professional Stuart Disney and came into golf only 5 years ago. A friendly and bubbly person, Susanne is guaranteed to give you a very warm welcome to The Mendip Golf Club. Having previously worked as a Police Officer for 18 years, Susanne was medically retired after her hearing and balance meant she was no longer able to continue in her career.
Instead, Susanne now uses all her experience and training in positive communication to change the mind set of golfers who are losing the mental game of golf. Susanne often puts top tips on changing the way you see your game on the The Mendip Golf Club Professional FaceBook page and just wants everyone to enjoy the game of golf.
Even Susanne will admit that she is the ‘organiser’ of the team and she likes to make sure everything is being run as smoothly as possible. Known as the ‘Boss’ by the team, she always makes sure that the team is looked after and the members and guests have a positive experience whenever they come into the Professional’s shop.
Stuart describes Susanne as follows:
“Susanne is the positive drive to the team, she is always looking for the good in every situation and makes you believe you can achieve anything. I couldn’t be the interactive Professional I am without her help, she manages my diary, the shop and reception and has a smile for everyone. We make such an incredible team and she never moans, even when she has to complete all the competition cards!”
James first joined the Mendip Golf Club in 1990 aged just 5 years old. The course is in his blood.
From a young age, James has always wanted to be a PGA professional and worked hard to get to the playing ability required. James was the Junior Club Champion twice, Junior Captain, Men’s Club Champion and represented Somerset at both Junior and Mens level.
In 2009 James began training to be a PGA Professional and his dream was becoming a reality. Unfortunately with a change of Pro Team at The Mendip Golf Club James had to give up his dream and move on to another career.
A spell away from the game and 3 children later a 31 year old James has his dream of Professional status ignited again. PGA Fellow Professional Stuart Disney had no hesitation in making James a member of his team and together they will ensure James gets the award he has so desperately wanted.
Stuart has this to say about James.
“As soon as I met James I just knew he was right for my team, he is a genuinely kind and polite man who has a passion for golf despite having knockbacks in his life. His motivation and perseverance in following his dream is a credit to him and I will do everything I can to ensure James gets the PGA Professional status”
James is now working hard to meet the PGA criteria for the 2018 intake.
James has a wealth of knowledge about The Mendip Golf Club and is a valued member of the Pro Team.