About Us

Barry Newman - PGA Head Professional
I qualified as a PGA golf professional in 2001. I love playing competitive golf and had some success in the BBO PGA region and won the BB&O PGA Championship in 2001. After I qualified I moved to London and focused my career on becoming a full time golf coach. I have been lucky enough to have worked alongside Scott Cranfield and Mitchell Spearman. Developing my understanding of the golf swing and learning how to get the best out of each individual golfer.

I returned to Newbury and Crookham in 2012. I really enjoy helping the members and complete beginners with their golf and also helping to grow the very popular junior section at N&C. I’m very passionate about coaching and love to see my pupils improving their scores, technique and overall enjoyment of the game.

James Foster - Assistant PGA Professional
James is a fully qualified PGA Professional who has worked at Newbury and Crookham for over ten years. He is an accomplished player who has won multiple times across the region including the 2019 BBO Professionals Championship. James still strives to improve his own game, so he can better relate to what his lessons experience whilst trying to get better.

James is an active coach who teaches on a one-to-one basis, as well as delivering group sessions. He prides himself on adapting to the individual, rather than a single method philosophy. James has also completed a WedgeMatrix course in 2020, which has expanded his knowledge on the short game. This experience is unique amongst coaches in the industry and allows him to pass on his specialised expertise for this part of the game during his coaching sessions

Sam Spencer-Ades - Assistant PGA Professional
Sam turned Professional in 2015, having been a Newbury & Crookham member since the age of 12 and his entire golfing life. Having joined the team in February 2017, Sam has been an active presence at the club having become heavily involved in coaching individual, group and roll-up lessons for all ages and abilities.

Sam really enjoys coaching alongside Barry during junior sessions while also having a keen interest in taking teams to Pro-Am events around the BB&O and South Region.

Sam also brings in a high level of knowledge and experience in advanced custom fitting, customer service and retail while also having worked at management level during his 6 years spell at his previous job.