James turned professional in 1990 where he began his PGA training at Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club. He then became fully qualified in 1994 and was immediately appointed Professional at Rufford Park for its opening in the July of the same year.
Since joining Rufford he has had the honour of being the head coach for the Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs Boys County squad, the Midland Golf Union Boys Coach and the NLGA County Girls Coach.
James now has over 25 years experience of teaching golf and his reputation as a coach has grown way beyond his wildest dreams and currently coaches some of the Counties finest young golfers. He is also the coach for the 2010 & 2011 Notts Amateur Champion, the 2010 Notts Open Champion, the 2011 Midland four Counites Girls Champion, the 2012 Notts Amateur Matchplay Champion and the 2012 Midland Youth Champion.