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Meet the team

Craig Cowper - Head Teaching Professional

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Craig joined the team in June 2014, having previously worked at World of Golf (New Malden) and the Academy at Horton Park. He has also been an active player throughout his career.

He has competed on the European Tour and has played many high level tournaments all over the world, including the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the European Open at the Belfry. He has also competed on the European Challenge Tour and has been very successful in the PGA Southern Region. He has over 75 career victories to his name.

He has been coaching for over 20 years and relishes the challenge of helping golfers improve and learn
more about the game.

His coaching style is straight forward, calm and friendly. His clients benefit from his vast playing
experience and from him working with some of the world’s leading instructors. He also enjoys working
on the mental side of the game and course management.

Ian Donnelly - General Manager

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Ian joined us in April 2013 having spent the prior 8 years at Oakland Park Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.

He has been in golf management for over 18 years, having come out of the hotel business in 1999, where he had been an Event Manager with one of the major chains.  He had also previously worked on cruise ship.

Ian has two daughters, Niamh & Emma and hails from Sheffield, hence the strange accent.  Apparently he follows football, but as he’s a die-hard Sheffield United fan we find that a little hard to believe. 

He's always a useful addition to the staff golf team as he plays off 11, despite only playing about once a month, which is fairly standard for anybody working in this business.

Jonathan Favell - Golf Operations Manager

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After 20 years in the Information Management/IT Marketing world Jon pursued a career change in 2010 and joined Surrey Downs in July that year. 

Golf has been a significant part of his life since he was 11 years old. He has a passion for everything about the game and plays off 5 without ever having had a lesson.

His work focus is now on providing the highest level of service possible for Members and visitors to Surrey Downs.

Jon is married to Veronica, an Argentinian and they met in San Diego in 1993.  After 9 years apart they hooked up again in Buenos Aires, just as England were beating Argentina in the 2002 World Cup.  Veronica eventually got over that disappointment and they now have two children, Ignacio and Victoria.

Peter Townson - Managing Director

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Peter joined Surrey Downs in January 2010 and now has over 30 years of experience in club management, of which the last 20 have been at golf clubs. 

Having initially worked in golf for the Marriott Country Club group, he spent many years on the road working with owners to manage clubs that they owned and also with banks and receivers to turn round clubs in difficulty, with a view to selling them on when appropriate. 

He now enjoys the relative calm of single site management and a regular commute, even on the M25, as compared to the slightly manic life he had running round the south of England.

A handy golfer, with a best handicap of 10.6, Peter’s first sporting love was cricket and as old habits die hard you will see him occasionally play a superb cover drive off the tee, straight right and invariably into trouble.  Perhaps that’s why Alison, his wife and a 14 handicapper herself, normally wins the games they play together!


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