TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Golf Inc. Magazine recently highlighted the top 18 Innovators in the golf industry, and SNAG CEO Terry Anton was recognized for his pivotal work in Player Development. SNAG ("Starting New At Golf") focuses on simple, structured instruction for all new learners and a modified form of golf that allows play in non-traditional venues, such as a soccer field, school gymnasium or on a beach. The goal of SNAG is to eliminate geographic and demographic barriers that traditional golf presents.
With specially made clubs, balls and targets to make it easier to learn the game, SNAG Golf builds on strong fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching and full swing to develop playing ability quickly and effectively. It can be taught and played almost anywhere in the world with immediate, positive results. This instant success keeps new learners wanting to be further involved with golf.
Over the past 11 years, Terry Anton has created and perfected a sound learning system recognized by global industry leaders as the superior method to teach golf fundamentals in a fun and easy way. SNAG provides innovative and tested learning techniques and the universally accepted system currently is used in more than 12,000 schools and some 42 countries.
SNAG recently forged a relationship with Jack Nicklaus to form the new Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues - a national endeavor to be introduced at select local park and recreation facilities. This is the first time that golf will be made available to youngsters as a team sport.
The innovative Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, combined with SNAG's well-established, first-touch development program, will provide a golf learning experience for children, ages 5 through 12, in a safe, affordable and accessible environment.
"I was pleased to be selected as one of the industry's 18 top innovators," said Anton. "My focus is to provide a nurturing environment where children can learn at their own pace, increasing their chances for retention in the game. Having schools, leagues and venues for learning will create the longevity platform the world needs to have golf grow for decades."
The Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, powered by SNAG, kicked off this month in five pilot markets including Columbus, Ohio; New York; Miami; Chicago; and Los Angeles. Some 100 leagues are planned for 2013 and an estimated 300 are projected to launch in 2014. Nicklaus partnered with SNAG on this initiative because of SNAG's history and global experience with introducing golf to young children, and because of Anton's passion and commitment to support the Golden Bear's desire to reach children at a younger age with the game.
"At SNAG, we are committed to programming that feeds new players into everyone's facilities. It is great to be a part of these exciting times and lead the way for expanding golf globally," Anton affirmed.
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