Girls Golf

IMG Academy’s girls golf program offers unparalleled coaching and guidance to help student-athletes reach their highest potential. The program saw 55 junior golf tournaments throughout the 2022-2023 school year alone while twelve alumnae are currently playing on Tour in the LPGA. With an intentional focus on preparation for the next level, IMG Academy placed over 45 girls golf student-athletes in college over the last five years, including 25+ Division I placements.

IMG Academy takes a holistic approach to help student-athletes build confidence on the course and as individuals that will prepare them for success. Through personalized training and a proven methodology from day one, the girls golf program provides a transformative growth experience to prepare every student-athlete to succeed in sport and in life.

Girls Golf Program

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Overview

Program Structure

IMG Academy's girls' golf program allows motivated female student-athletes to experience transformational growth by providing them with the confidence, preparation, and skills needed to become winners on the course and in life. IMG Academy golf coaches understand the needs and ability level of each student-athlete, and they create semester-long training plans and individualized tournament schedules accordingly. This program places a significant emphasis on improving one’s grades, their game, and their development both as students as well as athletes.

College-preparatory environment:

IMG Academy golf program’s structure mirrors a collegiate program so that student-athletes, regardless of their level, can identify a clear pathway to achieve their ultimate goals. IMG Academy also expects student-athletes to train and focus on areas such as planning and preparation, commitment, mental and physical toughness, and complete personal and athletic development.

Tracking growth & success:

Student-athletes will measure success through a detailed development process consisting of the following progression stages:

  • Measure and Evaluate: determine potential, priorities, and actions
  • Plan and Practice: retrain patterns, and set individual practice plan
  • Tasks: exploration and adaptability
  • Tournament: practice rounds, strategy, and routines
  • Transition: set new priorities and actions

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Competition & Tours

Notable Tournament Participation:

Student-athletes will train alongside other golfers who have similar goals and skill levels while also having the opportunity to compete in both local and national competitions. Event selection will be aligned to the student-athlete experience and determined in tandem with one’s coach. Student-athletes typically play seven mandatory events: three in the fall and four in the spring. Student-athletes have competed in the following notable tournaments and tours:

  • IMG Academy Junior Golf Tour
  • American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)
  • ANNIKA Invitational
  • Junior Ryder Cup
  • Kathy Whitworth Invitational
  • U.S. Jr. Boys
  • Scott Robertson Memorial
  • Southern Jr.
  • Symetra Tour Events
  • Western Jr.
  • World Junior Golf Ranking (WJGR) Tournaments
  • Wyndham Cup

IMG Academy golf’s development process begins when a student-athlete enters the program as they gain access to unique exposure and competition opportunities. IMG Academy’s golf program has access to the following tours and competition series:

IMG JUNIOR GOLF TOUR

IMG Junior Golf Tour is aligned to complement the existing Golf Performance curriculum affording IMG Academy student-athletes the ability to grow and develop at different ages and stages, preparing them for a more stable platform of success.

Athletic Development

IMG Academy golf student-athletes have access to proven performance training in areas like vision training, strength & conditioning, nutrition, and sports medicine. Athletic Development coaches and trainers integrate into the program's larger support system, ensuring that each student-athlete feels confident and prepared off the course as well.

Strength & Conditioning

IMG Academy’s Strength & Conditioning team designs a specific program that supplements golf training to help student-athletes reach their potential.

  • Speed, agility, and movement
  • Endurance & conditioning
  • Strength and power
  • Flexibility, mobility, balance, and core
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Sports Medicine

IMG Academy’s Sports Medicine program educates and helps student-athletes keep their bodies healthy during demanding training and competition schedules. Our team promotes athlete availability through preventative and corrective exercises, holistic injury evaluation & treatment, and movement quality assessments.

  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy
  • Injured athlete program
  • Corrective exercise work
  • Recovery
  • Education on injury management
  • Return-to play management
sports medicine

Nutrition

At IMG Academy, we understand how important it is for student-athletes to fuel their bodies to meet their high-level lifestyles and sports demands. Our Nutrition program maximizes student-athlete performance by equipping them with nutrition knowledge and resources to fuel and hydrate themselves for academics, athletics, and long-term health.

  • Optimal everyday nutrition
  • Performance Plate
  • Nutrient intake and timing
  • Hydration strategies
  • Supplement education
  • Pre and post-competition fueling
  • Travel nutrition
  • Energy balance
nutrition

Visual Training

Vision Training is not just about seeing – it’s about doing. Student-athletes will train their eyes to perform more quickly and efficiently through eye muscle and visual system development.

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Peripheral vision
  • Reaction time
  • Depth perception
  • Vision strength
visual training

Facilities

IMG Academy’s girls golf program trains and competes on the following course and facilities on campus:

  • Golf Center with meeting rooms for players and coaches, coaches offices, and Tour Studio powered by Cool Clubs
  • Double-sided driving range with a fairway bunker
  • Multiple targets and putting greens
    • Portable TrackMan, Capto Putting, and K-Vest from Tour Studio used on practice ranges and greens
  • 18-hole golf course

Other Facilities

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  • Dorms
  • Campus Center
  • Academic Center

Annual Training Schedule

IMG Academy golf student-athletes can maximize their game and overall personal and athletic development, regardless of their age or current level.

From a technical foundation to on-course strategy to mental toughness and goal-setting, IMG Academy's golf program's thorough testing and competition structure allows student-athletes of every level to identify a clear pathway to achieve their ultimate goals.

Detailed student-athlete performance reports also offer clarity and transparency on key areas such as driver and approach performance, short game and putting testing, core competencies both on and off the course, and more.

Development Process

Testing Technical Tasks Tournament Transition
Measure & Evaluate Plan & Practice Trial & Retest Prepare & Play Reflect & Assess
Weeks 1 - 2 Weeks 2 - 4 Weeks 4 - 6 Weeks 6 - 8 Weeks 8 - 12
Analyze data
Determine potential
Priorities & actions
Service periods
Retrain patterns & habits
Individual practice plan
Street test competences
Create competitive environment
Exploration and adaptability
Practice rounds
Strategy
Routines & processes
Highlight progression
Set new priorities & actions
Clarity & commitment
Outcome Goal Outcome Goal Outcome Goal Outcome Goal Outcome Goal
Completion and review of all the analyzed data establishing benchmarks Establish a clear understanding of information and actions Confirmation of skill competence and capabilities in all the different areas Close the margins between the A, B, & C game Understanding of the key actions required on the areas identified for improvement
Sample Performance Report

Golf Director, Kevin Craggs

Kevin Craggs joined IMG Academy in June 2019 as the Director of Golf. He brings more than three decades of experience to the role as a former PGA Professional, with more than 25 years as a dedicated coach.

After playing on the European tour for several years, Craggs moved into coaching, and, for many years, was the Scottish National Team Coach. He built his career on developing golfers at all levels, from the juniors through the professional ranks on both the European and U.S. tours. He has worked with the likes of Scottish golfing legend Colin Montgomerie and IMG Academy alumna Paula Creamer.

Experience

  • Full-time Tour Coach, 2016 - Present
  • SGU Lead Performance Coach, 2014 - 2015
  • SLGA National Coach, 2006 - 2014
  • Full-time Performance Coach, 2001 - 2005
  • Golf Director & Head Instructor, 1996 - 2000
  • Competed on Tours worldwide, 1990 - 1995
  • Completed PGA Training, 1987 - 1989
  • Turned Professional, 1987
Coach Title
Kevin Craggs Director of Golf
Andres Vera Student Athlete Advisor
Carly Hendershot Business Manager
Curtis Petschke Program Manager
Daniel Shook Golf Operations Coordinator
Essam Mourine Golf Coach
Francesco Guarneri Golf Coach
Jim Labuda Golf Coach and Camp Director
Justin Smith Golf Coach
Kevin Collins Head of College Placement
Kip Southland Golf Coach
Larry Marshall Golf Coach
Luke Stava Student Athlete Advisor
Malcolm Joseph Golf Technical Director
Mark Her Golf Coach
Matt Filipowicz Golf Coach
Matt Haddon Golf Coach
Monica Tamayo Golf Coach
Petra Charlotta Sorenstam Golf Coach
Robert Sherwin Golf Technical Director
Scott Davies Director of Golf Operations
Sherry Dircks Youth Camp Coach
Vince Fratercangelo Golf Coach
Whitney Pyle Golf Coach

Program Achievements

Some impressive highlights of the IMG Academy girls golf program include:

14 USGA Champions

10 AJGA Junior All-Stars

Undefeated Season

10 Rolex Player of the Year Winners

Undefeated Season

16 Jr. World Champions

2019 National Champions

45+ girls golf student-athletes placed in college over the last 5 years, including 25+ DI placements

Undefeated Season

Alumna Nelly Korda Received 2020 Olympic Gold Medal

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Tuition

IMG Academy boarding school is built for dedicated and passionate student-athletes. We provide the tools and resources for our student-athletes to achieve their goals in the classroom, in their sport, in college and beyond. IMG Academy tuition rates are based on the comprehensive nature of our programming and resources available to student-athletes.

2024-2025 full year golf tuition ranges from $75,400-$99,900 depending on age and program enrollment.

Academics

Offering grades 6-12 as well as post-graduate options, IMG Academy provides girls golf student-athletes with a robust academic curriculum, unmatched academic support, and resources that prepare them for the rigors of university life and beyond.

Personal Development

At IMG Academy, our expert teachers and coaches guide and support each student-athlete through their journey of athletic progression, character development and overall personal growth.

College Placement

It’s critical for girls golf student-athletes to feel confident and equipped to find the best college fit. IMG Academy’s proven, industry-leading college placement services and technology have placed more student-athletes on college rosters than any other program in the world.

Campus Experience

IMG Academy proven methodology, industry-leading coaches and pro-quality facilities will set any golf student-athlete for long-term success as they conquer their goals and develop at an unmatched environment.

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