The Villages Junior Golf Academy

Mission:

The Villages Junior Golf Academy’s mission is to promote a lifelong interest in the game of golf through the youth in our community. The total development of our juniors will include athletic and golf motor skills, character building values and actions, golf rules and etiquette, competition and fun. To do this, we utilize a progressive “Growth Track” based on instruction that builds on what the student is currently able to do.

Core Values:

Attitude     Appearance     Accountability     Commitment     Determination
Inclusivity     Integrity     Patience     Perseverance     Responsibility

Membership:

The Villages Junior Golf Academy is a year round membership program that has enhanced benefits afforded to its members that have a desire to develop and improve their golf game. Members have access to expert year round instruction provided by leading PGA & LPGA Professionals. Benefits of Membership include:

  • TVJGA Golf Shirt
  • TVJGA Sports Academy Workout Shirt
  • TVJGA Hat
  • Bag Tag
  • GHIN Handicap
Members also have access to The Villages Golf Academy Short Game Practice Facility. TVJGA members enjoy discounts at The Villages Golf Academy on private and group instruction, at The Villages Custom Club Shop and on course play.

Coaches:

Wade Martin - PGA Teaching Professional

Wade Martin is a dedicated Class A member of the PGA of America and has been for over 20 years. Born and raised in Cedartown, Georgia, Wade grew up on a local golf course developing an early passion of the game of golf. Moving to Florida in 1995, he worked for a few country clubs before turning his focus to teaching in 2001 when he joined National Golf Schools. In 2005 Wade was recognized by National Golf Schools as "Teacher of the Year" in the U.S. Since moving to The Villages in 2006, Wade has become involved with the Tri-County Junior Golf Foundation and The Villages Charter Schools. He coached The Villages High School Girls’ Golf Team, making two consecutive State Final appearances in 2010 and 2011. Currently he is coaching The Villages High School Boy’s Golf Team.

Miriam Piland-Rice - U.S. Kids Certified Coach

Miriam Piland-Rice is an honors graduate from the Golf Academy of America. She played collegiate golf for Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and has taught golf over a decade. Her previous positions include: Director of Player Development at Mansfield National in Mansfield, Texas as well as Director of Special Need Programs for Little Linksters Golf Inc., Instructor at Heathrow Country Club and at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, all in the Orlando area. Miriam has worked with golfers of all ages and skills and has specialized in working with golfers with physical disabilities. Miriam believes that golf is an excellent tool in helping individual's grow from within. She helps her students develop their swings from the ground up through the stair-step approach while using fundamental golf skills, technology, aids, drills and games.

Joey Hidock - U.S. Kids Certified Caoch

Joey Hidock is a dedicated Class A member of the PGA of America with over 25 years teaching experience. He has had the privilege of working with many of the best players in the world which included caddying on tour for PGA tour player and Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Lehman. He has been fortunate to have worked with some of the best teachers that include Nancy Lopez, Phil Rodgers and Kathy Whitworth. His tremendous research and dedication helped to assist in the development of Swing Model, a leading sport Science Company based on the application of Biomechanical research to the teaching of athletic performance. Joey's core strengths are the ability to motivate people about their golf game and his passion for teaching the game

Greg Curtis - Assistant Coach

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