Golf News for Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | Business

Junior Golf Corporation renames as Junior Sports Corporation

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Junior Golf Corporation - operator of the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and International Junior Golf Tour - has changed its name to Junior Sports Corporation, reflecting its recent opening of the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy on Hilton Head Island.

The name change and brand expansion parallel the company's rapidly growing position as the industry leader in active youth lifestyles and education. The timing of the announcement coincides with student-athletes arriving on campus two weeks ago.

"Since the mid-'90s, our business has grown organically through exceptional golf instruction and leading academics," says Peter Orrell, President and CEO of Junior Sports Corporation. "Junior Sports Corporation exemplifies our commitment to develop well-rounded, young adults with high proficiencies in several pursuits and classroom studies."

Junior Sports Corporation opened the International Junior Golf Academy in 1995, providing a full-time program for passionate student-athletes. Soon after, the International Junior Golf Tour was created to offer a competitive arena for IJGA and other elite players worldwide to showcase their talents on PGA Tour-caliber courses.

In 2007, Hank Haney joined the IJGA and in 2008 his name was added to the organization's brand. The Hank Haney IJGA denotes the renowned golf coach's personal involvement with students and overall instruction programs. Currently, Hank Haney IJGA enrolls students from 25 countries and 45 U.S. states.

In May 2011, the Ivan Lendl IJTA was created to provide full-time training and academics for tennis players looking to reach their ultimate potential or the professional ranks. The academy stresses classic fundamentals, leading-edge biomechanics, competitive shot-making, strength training and fitness, and mental preparation.

Ivan Lendl IJTA and Hank Haney IJGA students attend Heritage Academy, also owned by Junior Sports Corporation, dedicated to progressive and diverse academic instruction for juniors pursuing extra-curricular passions. Classes average eight students with a maximum of 15 to promote individual attention with optional English as a Second Language, College Preparatory and Honors courses.

For more information about Junior Sports Corporation:,,,, 800.791.8229.

About Junior Sports Corporation
Located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, JSC owns and operates:

Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy ( is the world's only academy to combine training, competition and academics for serious junior golfers. Director of Instruction Hank Haney - coach to winners of every major championship on the PGA Tour - and his elite staff train junior golfers from more than 25 countries and 45 states.

The International Junior Golf Tour ( hosts 90 tournaments annually and is the only junior golf tour with events every weekend during the September-to-May school year.

Established in May 2011, the Ivan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy ( produces the finest tennis training and competition for junior students to ultimately reach the college or professional ranks. Ivan Lendl, former World No. 1 player and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, serves as Director of Instruction and is dedicated to the development of each junior tennis player.

Heritage Academy ( provides progressive, diverse academic instruction for students from grades five to 12 who pursue extra-curricular passions, such as golf at Hank Haney IJGA and tennis at Ivan Lendl IJTA.

Hilton Head Island is easily accessible by most major airlines through Hilton Head Island (HHI), Savannah (SAV), Charleston (CHS) and Columbia (CAE) airports.

Glenn Gray
Buffalo Communications

Shane Sharp
Buffalo Communications