SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The USA Junior National Golf Team announces the certification of the ANNIKA Academy as Florida's first USA Junior National Team Training Center.
Beginning in April 2014, Annika Sorenstam's boutique golf instruction and fitness school will provide coaching and competitive opportunities to USA Junior National Team members. Two of the five USA Junior National Team programs - Future Stars and Pre-Elite - will be featured.
"One of our Academy's cornerstones is training the next generation of collegiate and professional golfers," says Annika, winner of 10-major championships and 89 professional tournaments during her Hall-of-Fame career. "Our Academy team is unmatched when it comes to making practice productive and fun for juniors, and takes great pride in helping them achieve their goals on and off the course. We're excited to add the USA National Junior Team to our esteemed collection of training partners, as it shares a similar mindset."
Future Stars teams are for athletes age eleven and older who have displayed a passion for the game and possess experience in competitive golf events. Team members will meet two-to-three times weekly for coaching sessions led by Certified USA National Team coaches and are eligible to participate in regional training camps when space is available.
USA National Team Coaches identify prospective Pre-Elite team members based on their performance in USA National Golf Camps, high school golf competitions, or state and local junior tournaments. These players consistently score in the mid 70s to low 80s. Work ethic and attitude are also important traits. Like Future Stars, Pre-Elite juniors will meet two-to-three times per week with certified coaches and may participate in regional camps.
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USA Junior National Team curriculum and world-class instruction at Orlando's ANNIKA Academy is an enticing combination for Central Florida players seeking a structured pathway to reach their full potential in golf. Future Stars and Pre-Elite team members will receive customized technical, tactical, physical and mental training as they transition through the benchmarks of the USA Junior National Team curriculum.
"Building a National Team in the United States is long overdue, and there is no better partner than ANNIKA Academy," said Tom Relf, Director of the USA Junior National Golf Team. "As a member of the Swedish National Team from 1987 to 1992, Annika has experienced the unique benefits of training and competing in a structured development program. Her passion for junior golf is undeniable, and we welcome the team at the ANNIKA Academy to our growing list of Certified Training Centers."
Learn more about the USA Junior National Team, and register for the program at www.usajrgolf.com.
For more information about the ANNIKA Academy: www.theannikaacademy.com, TheTeam@TheAnnikaAcademy.com, 888.266.4522.
About the ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy is a state-of-the-art, "boutique" golf school at Orlando's Reunion Resort. It opened in 2007 as a way for Annika to share her passion for golf, fitness and nutrition. Annika's personal team of coaches expertly relays simple techniques to help players of any age, gender or skill level reach their full potential. The Academy's ELITE Training Program and official partnerships with the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) and Symetra Tour make it the epicenter for training the next generation of collegiate and professional golfers. It is also a Certified Callaway Performance Center offering custom club fitting and video swing analysis. Other Academy highlights include a modern fitness facility, conference room and full-service locker rooms. Individualized golf instruction, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, custom corporate packages, and opportunities to play with Annika make it the place to learn her proven "Winning Approach."
About the USA Junior National Golf Team
The USA Junior National Golf Team is an integrated golf development program for juniors of all ages and abilities. USA Junior National Golf Team programs are available at select Certified Training Centers throughout the United States. Leveraging best practices of golf federations around the globe, the comprehensive curriculum provides consistent and structured golf training for juniors through five programs: Developmental I, Developmental II, Future Stars, Pre-Elite, and Elite. Future Stars, Pre-Elite, and Elite Team members compete regionally and nationally. Elite team members also compete internationally. To learn more about the USA Junior National Golf Team and programs, visit www.usajrgolf.com.
USA Junior National Golf Team, Director