TOUR Academy announces 2011 junior camp program

March 21, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. -- The TOUR Academy has announced its junior golf camp schedule for summer 2011. Offering nearly 200 camp program dates, the Academy has doubled the number of programs as well camp locations over last summer in order to meet the anticipated demand.

"We are thrilled to be able to increase of junior summer offerings in order to instruct and serve as many juniors as possible," said John Fechter, President of the TOUR Academy. "The junior segment is truly a bright spot within the golf industry. We want to cultivate this segment and support junior golfers in their respective pursuits for game development as well as game enjoyment."

TOUR Academy summer camp programs are scheduled to begin in June and run through August. Programs include overnight, full-day and half-day programs and are open to juniors 7-18 years of age and of all ability levels. Camps will be held in highly desirable golf destinations including Florida, Arizona, New Jersey, California, Colorado and Texas. Additionally, the camps will be held at some of the most recognized and celebrated golf facilities in the country including; TPC Sawgrass, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and home of THE PLAYERS Championship; TPC Scottsdale outside Phoenix, Ariz., and home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open; and TPC Harding Park, located in San Francisco, Calif., home of the 2010 and 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship and 2009 Presidents Cup.

Camp curriculum includes the full swing mechanics, short game, and strategies pertaining to the mental aspects of the game. Additionally, camp curriculum will include review of golf jargon, golf etiquette, and overall sportsmanship. "In addition to the on-course game instruction, we also focus our curriculum around how to play the game with integrity, how to maintain a certain level of sportsmanship, and etiquette, as well as other life skills that can be applied to situations which arise both on and off the course," Fechter said. "So in addition to developing great junior golfers, we also look to develop junior golfers who serve as exceptional junior ambassadors to the game."

The number of TOUR Academy elite player programs has also been increased. These programs, which will be held at select locations, are exclusively designed to develop and train junior golfers who have a handicap of 10 or below and who are interested in pursuing a collegiate golf career.

Each camp will be taught by a seasoned member of the TOUR Academy staff, all of whom have undergone a rigorous training program and who are well-prepared to meet the developmental needs of the junior golfer. The TOUR Academy staff is comprised of instructors who are highly respected in the golf industry and have been recognized for their work in the golf industry. Many serve as contributing writers for PGATOUR.COM and Golf Illustrated, have made appearances on the Golf Channel, have served as coaches for top college golf teams, serve as coaches of the Chinese Olympic team, and have worked on an international basis with juniors in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore.

"In that we have one of the finest instructor teams in the game, a parent can be assured that his or her junior golfer will receive best-in-class training," Fechter said. "Combine this with our outstanding locations and robust program offering, we really view the TOUR Academy as becoming a true leader in the junior golf instruction space."

For the complete camp schedule and more information, visit or call a representative at (877) 611-1911.