The S.C. Golf Center created a Junior Academy that focuses on player development, instilling core life values, and encouraging lasting friendships on and off the course.
SCGC instructors Nathan McDonough and Josh Jackson both agreed that junior golf in the Myrtle Beach area wasn't as strong as it could be. The SCGC Junior Academy began in October 2015 with a free trial series where participants could try out the academy at no cost.
The response the academy received was overwhelming and the progress the juniors made in such a short period of time was incredible, golf center officials say.
Fast forward six months, the S.C. Golf Center Junior Academy has grown to more than 30 juniors from the Grand Strand, who compete in bimonthly tournaments based on their skill level.
The juniors are divided up into three flights: Day Flight, McIlroy Flight and Spieth Flight. The Day Flight is designed for beginners who have very little experience with golf and they play in teams in a captain’s choice format.
The McIlroy Flight is designed for the intermediate skill level as the juniors play their own balls in a stroke play format. The Spieth Flight is designed for the advanced junior golfer and prepares them for tournament play at a competitive level. Every junior academy member receives top instruction, organized practices, TPI fitness, goal-setting techniques, and discounts on equipment in addition to playing in tournaments.
The 2016 Winter Series Championship was held recently at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club. All players came to play as the scores in each flight were extremely close.
The winners of the Day Flight with 315 points were defending champion Jordan Higbe and defending champion Ella Kate Barnett. In second place with 275 points were Cade Jordan, Carson Jordan, Easton Cox and Lily Reaves.
The winner of the McIlroy Flight with 300 points was Robert Higbe. In second place with 230 points was Will Broughman.
The winner of the Championship tournament (won in a playoff) of the Spieth Flight with 270 points was Connor Thomas. In second place with 220 points was Sami Spencer.
The winners were determined based on the golfers’ finishes and the points they accumulated in each of the six tournaments that were held during the Winter Series, not on the number of strokes they took.
For full points standings visit www.scgolfcenter.com and click on Junior Academy.
The 2016 Spring Series begins Saturday at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club.