Stewart Franks, Applied Golf Management Studies, 2005

Stewart Franks
'University life prepares you for the real world and teaches you to look after yourself.'
Stewart Franks

Current role

PGA Teaching Professional 

Career experiences

Since graduating I have been based in Germany as a full time teaching professional spending a total of 3 seasons there. This provided me with the perfect opportunity after 3 years at University, to apply through my golf instruction what I had studied on the AGMS degree course. Then in 2007 the perfect opportunity presented itself when I was recruited as Head Golf Professional at Kuredu Island Resort, Maldives. Now, I am currently based in Zurich working for Migros Golfparks as a Full Time Teaching Professional. My job concerns all aspects of teaching from group courses, specialised workshops, private lessons and video analysis utilising the following technology: Trackman, Flightscope, Dartfish, SAM Putting Lab and K-Vest.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

The best thing about my job now is quite simply the fun factor. What could be more fun than teaching people the game you love and getting paid for it?! Not to mention the great people you get to meet.

What was the best thing about your time as an AGMS student?

Having access to some of the best and most influential experts in their field and in golf as well as the first class learning facilities available.

How did you grow as a person by coming to University? Did it change your life in any way? 

University life prepares you for the real world and teaches you to look after yourself; no one forces you to work hard for your results, it’s up to you to motivate yourself. Just like in golf one has to strive for results and those who work hard get their rewards.  

What were your expectations and experiences of Birmingham? 

My expectations were that I would have to read fifteen books everyday just to keep my head above water. In reality it’s much more light-hearted and fun a great experience that I will always remember.

Advice for current students 

With the golf industry being so diverse there are now more opportunities than ever. I would advise students to already start considering where they want to go with their careers, and embrace yourself in everything the University has to offer. Make the most of the varied course content and the outstanding learning facilities available, and approach all subjects with an open mind giving everything your best shot.