Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head Island

Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head IslandWhere can kids go on Hilton Head Island to get a first-rate education AND daily coaching in golf?

The Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) of Hilton Head Island has recently launched a full-time academic/golf academy in association with the Hilton Head Preparatory School.

The JPGA academic/golf program combines the best of education on the Island with the Hilton Head Preparatory School and an elite golf program that focuses on each student individually. Even though the primary objective is for individual improvement, the JPGA also encourages the students to enjoy themselves and have fun in the process.

The Island Golf School, which has operated on Hilton Head for the past 13 years, expanded into a junior academy about seven years ago by holding summer and holiday golf camps for kids. Both the junior academy and the golf school facilities are at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run Plantation, and are owned and operated by PGA Professional Keith Bach.

Owner Bach said; “We are not about how big we can grow ... we are committed to maintaining the best golfinstruction program available.”

The JPGA opened its academic/golf school doors to both students who attend the Preparatory School and students attending as post-graduates from high school. This semester, the JPGA is housing students as far away as Texas, Canada and the UK.

The JPGA is sponsored by Wilson Staff who provides a full equipment line for the JPGA students. John B. White III, Southeast District Manager of Wilson Staff said; “We’re excited to be involved in such a program and organization because Wilson Staff is eager to grow the game of golf from the junior level. I grew up through the junior ranks and can see the importance of the JPGA. Juniors are all of our futures.”

An integral part of the JPGA golf and academic program is the students’ participation in the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT). The FCWT Junior Golf Tour provides 70 nationally-ranked events throughout the country from fall to late spring. JPGA students will compete at several tournaments located in the southeast.

Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head IslandMr. Bach helped establish the FCWT and has been a Tournament Director since its inception. The FCWT has produced such professional players as Sergio Garcia, Sean O’Hair, Ty Tryon and Hunter Mahan.

The JPGA boards the juniors for nine months of the year and the golf school is comprised of two semesters beginning in August and January. JPGA students attend either the Preparatory School, or they come after high-school to improve their golf game so they have a better chance of being accepted at the college of their choice. The post-graduate students also have the option to attend SAT classes or one of colleges in the area. The JPGA has an education specialist on staff to guide the students to continue the education side of their growth.

The instruction is headed by David Allibone who has previously coached golf at several other golf academies. Mr. Allibone joined the JPGA because it is a firstclass golf academy that is committed to keeping the instruction to a 4:1 ratio and maintaining an individual approach to the training program. Mr. Allibone said; “This is something the kids just can’t get at any other golf academy. It is a coach’s and player’s paradise.”

The students get strength and fitness training at the Breakthrough Fitness Center on the Island. Students receive training three times a week and can go to the facility and work-out any time.

The JPGA also offers daily and weekly golf camps for juniors who come to the Island with their families throughout the year. To contact the JPGA or register for one of the golf programs, call 843-686-3355 or visit the website jrpga.com


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