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The team

darren gass
Performance Manager


With over 20 years of experience in teaching, development and coaching in the UK and worldwide, Darren has a unique approach backed up with knowledge to lead the Golf Performance at TGC.  As under his tutelage players have competed at International level, on all major European & Asian Tours and in the Open Championship.

He has worked with National Champions, PGA Cup players and for many years headed the coaching for the Cornwall U18 County team. Darren’s career to date includes coaching at the Emirates GC in Dubai, and the St Mellion International Resort where he still undertakes performance based coaching.

nic rowley
Programme Manager

dr nic rowley

Nic manages course content, delivering and supervising research. Nic competed as a Modern Pentathlete for Great Britain internationally until 2010 whilst completing her PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University.

Nic then provided supported on poolside for the British Paralympic Swimming Team in their London 2012 campaign at the Paralympic Games, Worlds in 2013 and Europeans in 2014 as their lead Physiologist with focus on managing projects such as Sleep Optimisation, Individual Training Personalisation Altitude, Warm Up Preparations, Travel Strategies and Hormones Analysis.


alex lindsay

Business Manager

Alex Lindsay

Alex manages the business and finance for the TGC programme which then extends to leading the teaching of the business elements. Alex has significant experience in both people and business development, qualified at Master level in Management with Post Graduate qualification in Project Management.

His current research interests involve examining  the links between performance in sport and commercial success in those who have recently turned professional.

lance doggart
External Specialist

Dr Lance Doggart

Lance is Head of Department of Sport and Health Science at St Mark and St Johns University in Plymouth and our key contact within the university.

Having completed a PhD in Sports Science, MEd in Teaching and Learning and PGCE, Lance has an excellent background to advise and support TGC students. His teaching areas cover supervising the 3rd year BSc Honours Projects, Research Methods and Biomechanical Analysis.


melissa coyle

External Specialist

Melissa Coyle

Melissa is a HPC registered and BASES charted and accredited sport psychologist practicing and lecturing in sport and exercise psychology for the last 10 years and delivers the academic psychology to TGC at St Mark and St Johns University.

She has engaged with international, national, elite and amateur athletes of varying ages from 10- 55 years. The majority of her work is concerned with key psychological concepts that are relevant to improving performance in training and competition. Key areas such as developing confidence, reducing anxiety, coping resources, motivation to train, communication with peers and coaching staff; team cohesion; and developing emotional control. 

caroline westwood
External Specialist

Caroline Westwood

Strength and Conditioning specialist studied at MSc University of Chichester (Exercise Physiology) BSc Hons (First class) University of Portsmouth (Sport Science).

Caroline is an accredited strength and conditioning coach to the UKSCA and NSCA. She engages in applied conditioning work with a number of athletes ranging from GB Taekwondo to Premiership footballers.


graeme close
External Specialist

Dr Graeme L Close

Graeme is a Reader in Applied Physiology and Sports Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He is accredited with the UK Strength and conditioning Association (UKSCA), is an accredited physiologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is on the Sport and exercise Nutrition register (SENr). 

Graham is the only nutritionist in SENr, UKSCA, BASES and SCNR.  Graeme is a former professional rugby league player and has represented his country at youth and student level. Graeme currently works with England Rugby, Professional Golfers, British Ski & Snowboard and previously Salford Red Devils and Munster Rugby. 

kevin stowe
Commercial, tournaments & recruitment

kevin stowe

Kevin combines a history of business management with golf industry expertise.  He has a varied role, focusing mainly on non academic areas such as commercial development, marketing, partnerships and recruitment. 

Kevin also oversees the College's participation in Professional Tournaments - a key part of the TGC philosophy.



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