About us

Golf Monkey…… for all those who play the game

Golf Monkey brings together everything we might need as a golfer, all in one place, to support us to improve our swing, mind and body so that we can play great golf. Our team are all passionate about golf and improvement and look forward to working with you……. Now let’s introduce them…..

Simon Tillson– Alresford Golf Club, AA PGA Professional & Level 2 Plane Truth Certified Instructor, Hampshire County Coach

Simon has been playing professional level golf for over 5 years . Recently, Simon has turned his attention to helping others enjoy their golf. With the help of many respected coaches including Jim Hardy, John Jacobs and John Stirling, he found a real passion for teaching and in 2005 became a Hampshire Coach. Simon is also a Level 2 Plane Truth certified instructor.

In 2009, Simon joined Alresford Golf Club. With the introduction of new practice facilities including, a lesson tee, large short game area, putting green, pitching area and academy course, Alresford Golf Club now has undoubtedly the finest practice facilities in Hampshire.

Peter Taylor – MSc MCIPD Personal Development Trainer & Mind Coach to Hampshire Golf Union School Of Excellence

30 years sustained fascination of how our mind works has inspired a successful career in Training and Personal Development and since 2003 as a ‘mind coach’ to the Golf School of Excellence funded by Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Golf Union.

Pete uses an eclectic range of skills including NLP Kinesiology, energy and therapies and more traditional psychology, is a Mind Factor Coach registered with Karl Morris and has an MSc studying Accelerated Learning, delivering practical and lasting change in professional coaching and amateurs alike.

He has worked with County elite learning, club teams, Junior England amateur players, for professionals and the Royal Navy Golf Squad.

He specialises in delivering Mental Strength and emotional resilience in Golf and Business delivering workshops, talks and is available for 1-1 coaching.

Michael Andreou – Biomechanics Coach, Sports Therapist & Personal Trainer

Michael started his career as a Personal Trainer and Sports therapist in 2004 and quickly gained momentum as a professional and knowledgeable trainer. He further progressed into the field of Biomechanics Coaching and has presented at Fitpro in Golf Biomechanics. He focuses on injury prevention and optimal performance in various arenas but his main focus and passion is with golf. Michael has worked with top amatuers as well as seasoned professionals, including an ex-european tour pro.

Simon Whitworth – IT Specialist & Golf Monkey ‘Player’

Simon has been playing golf since he was 13 and an early achievement was winning the Hampshire Schools Team Championship. There have been a few trophies and medals along the way which even required the investment of a trophy cabinet. Rachel did insist that this was in Victorian pine to match the study! Simon is a committed and dedicated golfer and is proud that his home club is Blackmoor Golf Club. Simon has represented his club at a completive level and has participated in amateur events across Hampshire. Simon plays at least one round of golf each weekend and regularly slips out under Rachel’s nose down to the driving range!

Simon’s day job is an Network Systems Architect and for a large Unitary Authority.

Simon’s view of the game is based on the principle that ‘There is a perfect game of golf inside us’ . His current goal is tap into his potential and reduce his handicap to 5 . Like many golfers he would like to become more consistent in the way he plays and approaches the game of golf.

Rachel Whitworth – MSc MCQI CQP Chartered Quality Professional


….. and Simon’s Golf Monkey wife!

Rachel’s game is excellence (and golf ironing… ). An experienced and dedicated Golf Monkey Wife (GMW),  Rachel has the whole golf support activities off to a tee! These include:

  1. Muttering motivational phrases at 5am whilst trying to sleep as Simon gets ready to play golf
  2. Succumbing to numerous purchases of the “latest golf gear”
  3. Clearing up the trail of mud during the winter season, and her favourite..
  4. Extracting golf tees from the washing machine!

Rachel’s day job is specialising in performance improvement for individuals and organisations. She loves a ‘scorecard’ so keep a look out in our Monkey Kingdom.

Oliver Read – Web Designer – oliverread.co.uk


Oliver is a freelance web developer with seven years of experience working with the web. As a supporter of open source software, he has built Golf Monkey using the WordPress content management system because of its flexibility and the high level of support from the community.

His experience with golf extends about as far as the local crazy golf course where he once achieved several triple-bogies. He performs a little better when playing golf on the Wii.

Naomi Carew – Graphic Designer

Naomi is a newly qualified Graphic Designer and fashion enthusiast. Naomi always looks the part on a night out with a golf theme, and sports a lovely pair of golf socks!

Naomi is also a dab hand playing golf on the Wii and looks forward to getting to grips with our Golf Monkey Leisure Gear.