Despite winning three 1st team All-Conference awards, three 1st team All-State awards and one All-New England award in high school, Clark Robinson still felt like he had a lot of room to improve his golf game. He decided to forgo attending college for one year, and come to IMG Academy to improve and increase his chances of earning a golf scholarship. Coming from the state of Connecticut, he knew this would be a big transition, but it was the best thing for his future.
Today, in the company of student-athletes and their families, staff, alumni, professional athletes, sports performance partners, community leaders, and many more, IMG Academy broke ground on a world-class, multi-sport complex. A state-of-the-art stadium, opening in August 2013, marks the first phase of expansion.
Song turned pro in 2006 after playing collegiately at Georgia Tech University. He competed as a rookie on the Asian Tour in 2006, completing the Asian Tour Qualifying School in both 2006 and 2007. He also played as a contestant on the Golf Channel's Big Break Greenbrier in 2012.
Song had a successful junior career before attending Georgia Tech and turning pro. He was a Rolex AJGA All-American First Team selection in both 1999 and 2000 after winning six major junior tournaments during those years.
The IMG Academy adult golf program is a comrpehensive program that focuses on everything from the short game to irons to the tee. Utilizing the IMG Academy golf training system, used by some of the top professionals in the game today, it will teach the fundamentals from the range to the course, including the mechanics of the full swing, short game and course management. Everyone from beginners to scratch golfers can find ways to improve in this program.
On April 14th, six IMG Academy golfers to the Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater, Fla. for a U.S. Kids Golf event. It was a challenging one round competition that featured a number of water hazards. Leading the way in the Girls 10-11 Division, Ariel Yu, who shot a 38 to take home her third win of 2013. Robert Howard also finished first, shooting a 40 in the Boys 10-11 Division.
Earlier this year, 19-year old Japanese golfer Mamiko Higa spent three weeks training with IMG Academy Director of Golf, David Whelan, to improve her swing. The intensive swing clinic certainly paid off, as Mamiko won the Japanese LPGA's Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi, April 4-7.
IMG Academy student-athlete Alberto Bianco capped his Spring Break with a victory in his native Italy at the Trofeo Master Io, held at Ca'Amata in Castelfranco, Italy, April 5-6. Bianco recorded rounds of 68 and 72 for a 140-total, going on to win the event by five strokes.
Now a junior, Bianco came to IMG Academy three years ago from Castelminio di Resana, Treviso, Italy. Bianco is looking forward to his senior year at IMG Academy.
Eyglo Oskarsdottir is a senior on the University of San Francisco Women's Golf Team. A native of Gardabaer, Iceland, Oskarsdottir was a student-athlete at IMG Academy in 2008-09, before signing with San Francisco. When Oskarsdottir graduates, her spot will be filled by IMG Academy's Ayaka Suzuki, who signed with the Dons in November.
Recently, Oskarsdottir was featured in a USF Don's athletics video, delivering a strong motivational message about the power of hard work and determination.
On the final weekend of Spring Break, IMG Academy golfers hit the links and turned in some impressive results. They included: