Golf News for Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | People

David Allibone hired as sales professional with ANNIKA Academy

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The ANNIKA Academy - Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam's boutique golf instruction and fitness school - has hired golf-industry veteran David Allibone as a sales professional.

A native of Doylestown, Pa., he joins the Academy after spending the last decade as an instructor to adult and elite junior golfers. Before founding his namesake Strategic Golf Training Academy, he exceeded sales and operational goals with the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, International Junior Golf Academy and John Jacobs Golf School.

Prior to entering the golf industry, he spent 15 years in corporate sales for major companies like Citibank and Thomas Cook Travel. He holds M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from Stetson University in Deland, Fla.

"David's many years of experience with aspiring competitive golfers makes him ideal to spearhead the continued growth of our Elite Training Program," says John Goodman, Director of Sales and Marketing at the ANNIKA Academy. "Moreover, his impressive sales results throughout his professional career will benefit our burgeoning corporate and group offerings. We're very excited to have him join our team."

The Elite Training Program is a rigorous golf, fitness and nutrition curriculum for athletes who aspire to play at the collegiate and professional levels. Highlights include golf instruction, state-of-the-art swing analysis, fitness and nutrition education, tournament play and access to Reunion Resort amenities, including its Watson, Palmer and Nicklaus signature golf courses.

Opportunities to receive one-on-one mental-strength training and on-course instruction from Annika - winner of 10 major championships and the only female professional to shoot 59 - are other experiences uniquely available through the Elite Training Program.

The same winning approach that made Annika a legend is also applied to her personally-designed, customized programs for corporate groups that focus on team building, strategy and goal setting. With golf instruction from Annika's world-renowned team of instructors serving as foundation, programs can be tailored to also include a skills clinic with Annika, fitness and nutrition sessions, personalized video swing analysis and club fitting, and more.

For more information about the ANNIKA Academy:,, 888.266.4522.

About the ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy is a state-of-the-art, "boutique" golf school at Reunion Resort, near Orlando, Fla. It opened in 2007 as a way to share Annika's passion for golf, fitness and nutrition, along with her personal team of coaches. Their simple techniques allow players of any age, gender or skill level to reach their potential by transferring more energy and power from the gym to the course. The Academy is a Certified Callaway Performance Center with two spacious hitting booths that offer custom club fitting and video swing analysis. Complete with a modern fitness facility, conference room, and full-service locker rooms, the Academy provides individualized golf instruction, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and custom corporate packages. Guests can play with Annika or learn the proven winning approach she established with her world renowned team of instructors.

Shane Sharp
Buffalo Communications
704.519.8381 (cell)

Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications