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 Hat
  • TVJGA Bag Tag
  • TVJGA Towel
Members also have access to The Villages Golf Academy Short Game Practice Facility and 50% off the price of range Balls. TVJGA members enjoy discounts at The Villages Golf Academy on private and group instruction, at The Villages Custom Club Shop and greens fees on all Villages Championship courses.

* Membership Fee: $125 one time only *

Summer Golf Camps - Lopez Legacy Country Club:

Our Jr. Summer Camps are at Lopez Legacy Country Club, 9:00am – 3:00pm. All junior golfers, ages 7-17, are welcome. We will work on skill training from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Lunch from 12:00pm -1:00pm (every camper requested to bring a bag lunch). On the golf course from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. dates of the program listed below:

  • June 12-14
  • June 19-21
  • June 26-28
  • July 10-12
  • July 17-19
  • July 24-26
Contact Curtis Bruton at 352-259-8121 for more information or register at The Villages Golf Academy at Palmer Legends.

TVJGA Weekly Practice Schedule:

  • Monday: Junior Practice Sessions 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: School team Junior Practice Session. Defined as eligible for Middle or High School Golf teams
  • Wednesday: Junior Practice Sessions 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: Junior Practice Sessions 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Half or Full day Junior Clinic (Half Day 10-12, Full Day 10-3)

 

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. Wade has been Certified Kids Coach since 2015 and Top 50 Master Kids Coach since 2018.

David Sherman - PGA Teaching Professional

 

David has been a PGA Member for more than thirty years, with twenty-eight of those years as a golf instuctor. He is a PGA Certified Teaching Professional, instructing junior students of all ages and skill levels. From 2014-2018 David was the Lead Certified Instructor and owner of the Watters Creek Junior Development Program in Plano, TX with more than 65 full time junior students enrolled in this year round program. From 2011-2014 David was the Lead Instuctor at Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson, TX with a junior program enrollment of just over thirty students. David also was the Head Men and Women's Golf Coach, 2000-2011, at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. During that time HSU qualified for five National Championship tournaments and he was twice voted NCAA National Coaches Association - Coach of the Year for 2003-2004 and 2005-2006. David has been Certified Kids Coach and Top 50 Master Kids Coach since 2019