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 and awards). 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, several League Champions 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, PGA of America (ADM), International PGA, Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) L1//J2//G2 Certified, TPI Strength and Power Training for Golf, 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, Coaching Association of Ontario (Mentor), KZG certified Club Fitter, CAPTO -Precision Putting Technology (b), Golf Fitness Specialist (GFS- NASM)
The V1 Content Team Interacts with Nearly
One Million Golfers in the V1 Network
"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"
Junior Competitive Development Coach Assistant //
Junior Camps Lead Supervisor
As one of Golf and Performance's own elite-level 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). 2nd at National Finals 2019 (Golf Canada Future Links Driven by Acura) He has partnered with Coach Franz to win several Father/son events
He currently competes in local mini-tours and qualifiers with an eye to competing on the PGA Tour.
Certified U.S. Kids Golf Coach and Operation36 Golf Coach and Level 1 Rules of Golf (Golf Canada) certifications and is a member of Golf Canada and the US Golf Association.
1 hole in one/ 1.2 Handicap
Sponsored by :
Wave Golf Company, Golf 19
Markham Executive Golf Course
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, Operation 36 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,
Assistant Coach- Head Camp Counsellor
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 student-athlete formerly 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 is now focused on being a professional lacrosse player.
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 several top-five finishes, including three 3rd place finishes.
** Fluent in Cantonese- assists in lesson translations**
UPDATE May 2023:
3rd place CJGA at Bushwood
Another of the Golf and Performance Junior Development Program golfers, Josh started competing in 2022 and had several top 10s and a 3rd place finish.
Josh has competed in basketball and played hockey.
He is also on his way this year to RCM Level 10 in piano, and speaks English, French, Mandarin and Spanish
UPDATE May 2023:
1st Place CJGA Linkster at Markham Executive (lowest overall tournament score)
2nd place CJGA Linkster at Oakville Executive
1st place CJGA Linskster at Carrickmacross (playoff victory)
Previously working at Karma Cares as a Junior Counsellor for Special Needs kids:
1. Helped to lead and implement camp programs
2. Provided high-quality educational and recreational opportunities and enjoyable experiences for camp participants.
3. Supervised campers to ensure their safety, development, growth, skill achievement, and general well-being.
Multi-talented, doing vocals and playing Bass Guitar, Morgan is a self-professed Science Viking.
Morgan's enthusiastic personality and interpersonal skills make her a great addition to the Golf and Performance team.
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.