Chris Jenkins Biography – PGA Advanced Professional in Essex
Chris Jenkins PGA
Chris qualified as a PGA Golf Professional in 1994 after spending 3 years as a student at Kingston University studying an HND in Golf Studies alongside his PGA Qualifications. This meant he was more qualified than the average Golf Professional to embark on his career in Golf and he has certainly made use of his knowledge over the past 13 years.
He started his journey as an Assistant Professional at Ellesborough Golf Club in Buckinghamshire where he stayed for a year and a half. Ellesborough is a Private Members’ Golf Club in the heart of the Chiltern Hills and it is here where Chris got his first taste for coaching. From here, Chris joined Top Meadow Golf Club in Essex where he was attached as a PGA Assistant for a year and a half. During this time Chris mainly played and competed on various Golf Tours although he still felt he needed to feed his passion for coaching and learning about the science ofteaching golf.
It is because of this that he felt he needed to follow his dream and it was Spring 1996 when Chris joined the team at the Alan Walker owned Warren Park Golf Centre in Chadwell Heath, Essex. Chris was employed as a Full Time PGA Golf Coach where he stayed for 4 years teaching all levels of Golfer.
He was part of a 6 strong coaching team and surrounded with some of the best in the profession. Chris says “I was very lucky during my time at Warren Park to have met and worked alongside such influential people within the world of golf.
Alan Walker (PGA Captain 1997-1999), David Colclough (PGA Swing Tutor) and Dennis Pugh (Sky Sports presenter and coach to Colin Montgomerie) to name just three. In fact, a lot of what I use within my coaching has evolved from mixing with these people during those 4 years!!” It was at Warren Park where Chris met the then 9 year old Oliver Fisher. “I just thought he was an amazing talent from the very first time I saw him” says Chris. “I’d just bought myself my first video camera and I was giving free analysis of people’s swings.”
Along came Oliver, with his dad Rupert, and we had a look at Oli’s golf swing. I could never have foreseen what was to come a few years down the line (see star pupils) although I could see he was something special. Everything about him, his swing, his tempo, his personality, it was all different from your average 9 year old who walks through the door for his first golf lesson and I just knew I had to do all I could to help nurture what I had in front of me as I still do to this day”.
In 2000 Chris decided to move yet again, to a Golf Centre in Dagenham calledCrowlands Heath Golf Club. “I moved to Crowlands Heath because the facilities were more complete for me as a coach” says Chris. “There was a quality 9 hole golf course, 30 bay Aqua Driving Range and a Short Game Area and that meant I could teach all areas of the game to a much better quality.”
Chris has spent the last 7 years based at Crowlands Heath where he has grown his academy into one of the best in the country and produced many of the county’s best players with many reaching National and International standards. He is actively involved in the development of the England Golf Partnership Framework for Talent Development using LTAD principles as well as his own systems of Talent Development. Chris writes in various golf magazine publications and in 2006 was awarded the title of Advanced Member of the Professional Golfers’ Association. In 2007 Chris was invited to speak at the English Golf Union Talent Development Conference alongside Clive Tucker (coach to European Tour Player David Howell).
He is also a County Coach for the Essex Golf Union for which he is very proud to be associated. “Having spent my childhood in Essex it makes me very proud that I am now in a position to help develop the golfing talent within the county” says Chris.
In November 2009 Chris was appointed by the English Golf Union (EGU) as England Regional Coaches with responsibility for the East Region. For full details on that please visit England Regional Coach page.
After all this Chris can still find time to coach all levels of player and would be delighted for you to pop in for a golf lesson. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.