WELCOME TO PORTERS PARK GOLF CLUB A PREMIER PARKLAND COURSE SINCE 1899
David began his professional career in 1970 at Royal St Georges. In 1971, whilst working as an assistant professional at Dunstable Downs, he won the Southern championship and became the youngest ever successful candidate in the PGA school. He also played in the Open in 1975 but decided at that point to follow a club and teaching career rather than becoming a touring pro.
Prior to being appointed as the Head Professional at Porters Park in 1988, he held the same appointment at both Walmer and Kingsdown GC and Hythe GC in Kent.
He really enjoys the role and is well known to all members through coaching and the many other responsibilities demanded of his position as Head Professional.
Of particular note is the annual Maltby Challenge competition when the Club Captain and the Pro take on the members in a foursomes competition in three stages from April until October. This culminates in a Grand Final with the best pair from each stage trying to outdo each other to win the Cup.
Matthew’s career began in 1990 when he joined Ashridge GC as assistant professional. Following positions held as Senior Assistant Professional at Brocket Hall, and Director of Golf and Head Professional at Lamerwood GC, Matthew’s decision to focus on coaching, his main passion in golf, led him to Porters Park in 2007 to take up a full time coaching role.
In addition to his club coaching responsibilities, Matthew fulfils a number of regular County coaching commitments. 2009 saw him take up an appointment as coach to the Hertfordshire (Herts) Under 14s Boys' squad and in the years since has produced many low, single figure, county golfers, two European Tour Pro’s and a handful of Challenge Tour Professionals. He is also a County Playing Squad Coach to the Under 16 Boys’ squad while also providing individual coaching services to four Herts County Team Players and the European Senior Tour player Phil Golding; winner of the 2003 French Open.
In view of his credentials, Matthew is recognised as a Herts Lead Academy Coach and in addition to this distinction is currently the longest serving (since 2009) in this role.
2017 has seen Matt nominated, by England Golf, as ‘England Golf Awards Club Coach of the Year’ in recognition of his County coaching achievements, innovative efforts to open the game for beginners, his success with developing talent and his innovative ‘Golf Hub’. Congratulations Matt!