Meet the Team
Coach D. Franz McFayden
Director of Golf
Golf and Performance//
Markham Executive Golf Course
D. Franz McFayden is the founder and head teaching professional of Golf and Performance. A former corporate commercial attorney (with his own firm for 13 years), Coach Franz brings a wealth of experience to this role, with 30+ years of experience in multiple sporting disciplines highlighted by competitive international-level experience in several sports, (with numerous wins). This has taught him the importance of balance, which he implements in his teaching. He personally specializes in peak performance mental coaching for high-performance athletes, short game/wedge play scoring, on-course high-performance strategies, and detailed video and biomechanical analysis profiles for high-level recreational and competitive players. Coach Franz is our competitive athletes' Director of Instruction. He has coached winners in multiple sports and in golf Junior medal winners- boys and girls (starting at age 7) / a 2 time Junior Club Champion and notably a 73 year old Senior Men's Club Champion. Coach Franz believes in leading by example and has collected a few wins of his own in his golf career.
Llb (Hons), CGC trained PGA of Canada, International PGA, Titleist Performance Institute L1//J2//G2 Certified, Golf Engineer (GE L1), Scott Cowx Certified 8.0 (L2 Advanced Instructor), Sportsbox 3D Golf Level 1 Certified, Boditrak Certifed Golf Ground Mechanics, Swing Catalyst Certified (L2), Operation 36 Certified Coach, U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach 2, NCCP Coach, Golf Canada Future Links Coach, Professional Diploma Sports and Exercise Nutrition (EQF 1), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified GC Quad Technologist, Flightscope Professional, Trackman University, World Handicap System Certified, KZG certified Club Fitter, CAPTO -Precision Putting Technology (b)
"If you can't explain it, you don't understand it well enough"
- Albert Einstein -
Titleist Performance Institute L1/J2/G2
"If you're in the business of coaching, physically training or medically evaluating golfers, a TPI Certification should be mandatory"
- Butch Harmon -
Golf Digest Top 100 Golf Instructor
"Coaching is about helping others to improve, and achieve their goals in and through sport"
Juniors' Coach Assistant
As one of Golf and Performance's own students, Darien McFayden has a tremendous passion for golf and aspires to achieve greatness with patience and commitment to practice. He has been no.1 in Golf Canada's Future Links Driven by ACURA Skills Events (Ontario) in his age division (2016), as well as no.1 in chipping in Ontario (2017). He currently competes in local mini-tours and qualifiers with an eye to compete on the PGA Tour.
He has completed his U.S. Kids Golf Coach and Level 1 Rules of Golf (Golf Canada) certifications and is a member of Golf Canada and the US Golf Association.
Junior Club Champion, 2018 and 2019 Bushwood Golf Club, 2nd at National Finals 2019 (Golf Canada Future Links Driven by Acura), Golf Canada Junior Skills #1 in Ontario is 2020 and T5 in Ontario 2021, US Kids Golf Certified Coach, NCCP Coach, GP L1 Certified Golf Coach
Director of Instruction – Florida Division
Residing primarily in Florida, Anthony McFayden has been involved with golf for over 30 years. Formerly coaching judo and swimming, he brings years of knowledge, expertise, and application to the team. Along with a simplistic approach to the golf swing and the motto 'Less is better ', Anthony obtains results in his students in a relaxed, no-pressure teaching environment.
He is our Coach Emeritus, the genesis of 3 generations of Golf addiction!
BSc(Econ), FLMI, CLU, USGA member, Golf Canada member,
low score 68
Juniors' Program Coach
Former semi-pro lacrosse player Jeffery Davis is passionate about all things golf. He is an excellent player and loves to challenge students in their journey to becoming pro-golfers. As a certified nurse and dementia patient specialist, his dedication and attention to detail allow his caring nature to shine through when he teaches our junior students.
RN, BScN, MN (Masters), R & A Level 1 Rules Certified, GC Quad Technologist, US Kids Golf Certified Coach, NCCP Coach, World Handicap System Certified, Canadian Golf Teachers Federation (CGTF- Associate Professional), GP L1 Certified Golf Coach, Swing Catalyst L1 Certifed
Golf Fitness Coach
Sandy has been helping clients with functional performance for decades. He has previously coached Juniors in archery and tennis and is now fully immersed in golf.
Golf Fitness Specialist Certified (GFS-NASM), Titleist Performance Institute: L1 / Medical 2, GP L1 Certified Golf Coach, Advanced Myo-Fascial Release, Advanced Craniosacral Therapy, TMJ Assessment & Treatment, PRI-T (Postural Restoration Institute), Kinesiology Taping, Yoga Fitness YTT, Theragun Performance Specialist, Internationally Accredited Diploma Certificate in Fitness (P), FitGolf Affiliate Accredited, Registered Massage Therapist,
2019/2020 Bill Hogarth SS golf team captain, Jack Neiman, has been playing golf since the age of 8. He is an alumnus amongst our team and strives to score lower each season. He has been the president of his athletic club, worked with special needs students, and has a plethora of other clubs and volunteer experience under his belt. He has also previously worked with the junior summer camps at Bushwood Golf Club, and is our Head Camp Counsellor
NCCP Coach, R & A Level 1 Rules Certified
Coach/ Camp Counsellor
Former Soccer Coach and 2022 Coach of the Newmarket Redbirds Lacrosse program, Sav is a stuetn athlete going into grade 12 at Bill Crothers High School.
Sav was also the goalkeeper for the Markham Soccer Club's 2005 team and is a goaltender for the Newmarket Redbirds U19 Lacrosse Team.
Sav now has sights set on making the Bill Crothers High School golf team.
One of Golf and Performance Junior Development Program golfers, Jaylen is the 2022 winner of his High School Titan award for Golf. Given for a combination of hard work and sportsmanship. Currently competing in Junior tour events, where he has already in his first year had 3 top five finishes, including a 3rd place.
** Fluent in Cantonese- assists in lesson translations**
Advisory Team Director
Stefan Apostolovski is instrumental in providing feedback on programs and initiatives. He has been playing golf for three years and is currently pursuing a certification in internal auditing, as well as risk management assurance.