Five of Scotland’s leading amateur golfers will spend a week at the world famous IMG Academy golf program in Bradenton, Florida preparing for the new season as part of a new partnership between the Scottish Golf Union and IMG Academy.
The in-kind sponsorship agreement has been brokered by IMG as part of their commitment to help develop Scottish golfing talent, enabling the SGU to increase the support to its elite level players during the winter training programme.
John Murray, IMG Vice President Golf, said:
“IMG are delighted to be supporting the SGU and their elite squad training programme. We hope the team and coaches will benefit from having access to the world class facilities at Bradenton as they prepare for the 2010 season ahead.”
Ross Kellett, Steven McEwan, Philip McLean, James White and David Law will fly out to the resort this weekend ahead of February’s Jones Cup Invitational to work with national coach Ian Rae and Scottish Institute of Sport golf psychologist Doctor Richard Cox, using accommodation and facilities provided by IMG Academy. Law will continue his rehabilitation from injury but will not take part in the event.
The players will spend a week (24 – 30 January) at the Academy before making the 4-hour journey to Sea Island for the Jones Cup and the squad will also be joined by recent SGU graduates Callum Macaulay and Gavin Dear, both of whom are now plying their trade in the paid ranks.
Welcoming the new partnership, SGU Chief Executive Hamish Grey said:
“Having use of the facilities at IMG Academy in Bradenton is a great boost for the squad, allowing us to prepare for some big events coming up, including the Jones Cup and the Spanish and Portuguese Amateur Championships”.
“The facilities are world class, with some of the best players in the world also using the resort as their base and we are grateful to IMG and IMG Academy for their fantastic support.”
“The focus will be on the players’ short game and mental approach, whilst it will also be beneficial in having Callum and Gavin present to pass on the benefits of their experience and help with their own preparations for the new season.” he added.
Located in south-west Florida, IMG Academy has a rich history in developing champions across a number of sports with its roll call of golfers including Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and PGA Tour star Sean O’Hair. The Academy also boasts a spectacular 6,855 yard championship course with views of the pristine Sarasota Bay.
David Whelan, Director of the IMG Academy golf program, said: “With the SGU’s rich tradition and long history of success, it is truly a great honour for the Academy to host the SGU players and coaches. Having some of the best training facilities in the world, we are confident that the SGU will benefit from their time at the Academy.”
Scotland highest ranked amateur Ross Kellett (Colville Park) will be writing a blog from the training camp which can be found on the SGU website from Monday 25 January.