The Villages Junior Golf Academy
The Villages Junior Golf Academy’s mission is to promote a lifelong interest in the game of golf through the youth in our community. The total development of our juniors will include athletic and golf motor skills, character building values and actions, golf rules and etiquette, competition and fun. To do this, we utilize a progressive “Growth Track” based on instruction that builds on what the student is currently able to do.
Attitude Appearance Accountability Commitment Determination
Inclusivity Integrity Patience Perseverance Responsibility
The Villages Junior Golf Academy is a year round membership program that has enhanced benefits afforded to its members that have a desire to develop and improve their golf game. Members have access to expert year round instruction provided by leading PGA & LPGA Professionals. Benefits of Membership include:
- TVJGA Golf Shirt
- TVJGA Sports Academy Workout Shirt
- TVJGA Backpack
- TVJGA Hat
- Bag Tag
- GHIN Handicap
Chris Holmes - PGA Teaching Professional
Chris Holmes is a Class A British P.G.A. Professional. Having competed at the highest level for many years he turned his focus to teaching in 1986. Over the years, he has worked with some of the world's leading coaches. During his time here in Central Florida, he has helped many juniors realize their golfing potential. Some of the junior students Chris has taught have gone on to win AJGA events, high school state championships, attend recognized golf specific programs as well as receive full university golf scholarships.
Wade Martin - PGA Teaching Professional
Wade Martin is a dedicated Class A member of the PGA of America and has been for over 20 years. Born and raised in Cedartown, Georgia, Wade grew up on a local golf course developing an early passion of the game of golf. Moving to Florida in 1995, he worked for a few country clubs before turning his focus to teaching in 2001 when he joined National Golf Schools. In 2005 Wade was recognized by National Golf Schools as "Teacher of the Year" in the U.S. Since moving to The Villages in 2006, Wade has become involved with the Tri-County Junior Golf Foundation and The Villages Charter Schools. He coached The Villages High School Girls’ Golf Team, making two consecutive State Final appearances in 2010 and 2011. Currently he is coaching The Villages High School Boy’s Golf Team.
Miriam Piland-Rice - U.S. Kids Certified Coach
Miriam Piland-Rice is an honors graduate from the Golf Academy of America. She played collegiate golf for Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and has taught golf over a decade. Her previous positions include: Director of Player Development at Mansfield National in Mansfield, Texas as well as Director of Special Need Programs for Little Linksters Golf Inc., Instructor at Heathrow Country Club and at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, all in the Orlando area. Miriam has worked with golfers of all ages and skills and has specialized in working with golfers with physical disabilities. Miriam believes that golf is an excellent tool in helping individual's grow from within. She helps her students develop their swings from the ground up through the stair-step approach while using fundamental golf skills, technology, aids, drills and games.
Austin Hughes - U.S. Kids Certified Coach
Austin Hughes is an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine (GSEB) with over a decade of teaching experience. A true student of the game and excellent player, Austin has learned from and worked with some of golf's finest instructors. In his pursuit to play and compete at the highest level, Austin has won more than 25 mini tour events, his lowest professional score being 62. Along with an easy going personality and excellent teaching skills, he has created a following and demand for lessons wherever he has taught. Austin's experience includes work at three premier golf facilities. He held the position of 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Steelwood Country Club in Alabama and at Heathrow Country Club in Florida. In addition, prior to joining TVGA , Austin was Head Golf Professional at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood Florida. Austin enjoys helping golfers of all skill levels and believes all golfers can improve once a template is created for them to follow. To achieve this, Austin uses training aids, drills, modern technology and simple language.