IMG Academy alumnus and Washington Huskies standout Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei has earned a place at The Open Championship after qualifying in Thailand. The two day, 36-hole Open Qualifying Series — Thailand event at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi brought together an international field of 75 players from 17 countries bidding to secure four places at The Open which will be held at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake from 17-20 July 2014. Pan finished T-2 with a four-under 140, just a single stroke shy of tying for the top spot.
The IMG Cup Boys College Showcase got underway on the campus of IMG Academy, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, and 70 teams flocked to Bradenton, Fla. to take on elite competition, and for many, escaped harsh winter weather for quality playing time. Represented at the event were all the elite club teams throughout the state of Florida, taking on the likes of the United Soccer Leagues' Olympic Development Program (ODP), and other top clubs from Texas, Tennessee, Indiana and Puerto Rico.
15-YEAR OLD LIU PLAYS WELL: 15-year-old amateur Mika Liu, who was the Volvik sponsor invite, fired a 3-under-par 69 on Monday to finish tied for fifth at the Volvik Championship.
Liu, a ninth-grader at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., made four birdies and had just one bogey.
Today legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri reached a new milestone when the International Tennis Hall of Fame announced he will join WTA star Lindsay Davenport, wheelchair tennis great Chantal Vandierendonck, and fellow industry leaders Jane Brown Grimes and John Barrett in the inductee Class of 2014. Over the past three decades, Bollettieri has coached ten world no. 1 players including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Boris Becker and Maria Sharapova. At the age of 82, Bollettieri is still active on the tennis courts for ten hours a day, six days a week.
The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's own Hyeon Chung won his third career professional title recently at the Thailand F3 Futures, held Feb. 24 - Mar. 1. It marked the Korean native's second title in 2014, after previously winning the Thailand F1 Futures only two weeks prior. At the F3 Futures, Chung was nigh unstoppable, only yielding a single set in five rounds of play. In the final, Chung dispatched Great Britain's Marcus Willis handily, 6-2, 6-4. Chung entered the event with a career-high ranking of No.
IMG Academy alumna, Paula Creamer, who trains regularly with IMG Academy Director of Golf, David Whelan, ended her LPGA title drought on Sunday when she sank an astounding 75-foot putt on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the 2014 HSBC Women's Championship. For Creamer, it marked her first LPGA title since winning the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.
To see Creamer's amazing putt, see the video below: