Despite a close call from Hurricane Matthew, The GenNXT Golf Academy is now in full swing at Henry Brunton Golf at Eagle Creek GC in Orlando, Fla.
The first students enrolled in the academy designed for aspiring elite junior golf athletes and recent high school graduates, who are focused on developing their skills to the highest levels of golf, have arrived at the gated golf community.
“It’s great to be here as we continue to expand our programming at the Henry Brunton Golf Academy at Eagle Creek with the addition of GenNXT,” said Brunton, former head coach of Canada’s national team and now in the same role for the GenNXT Junior Academy.
“Since launching the Henry Brunton Golf Academy at Eagle Creek last February, we have received a lot of interest in our programs locally, nationally and internationally and now we’re ready to take the next step,” he said.
GenNXT junior athletes, who stay at the supervised GenNXT Golf House located within the Eagle Creek Golf community, have full access to play and practice at Eagle Creek.
They will receive over 100 hours per month of full-time comprehensive golf coaching and training support, including specialized mental game training from renowned sports psychologist and coach Dr. Rick Jensen, who works with over 50 players whp have collected 199 PGA/LPGA/Champions Tour wins, including, 33 majors.
“We are fully committed to providing GenNXT Athletes with all of the tools, resources and support required to take their games to the NCAA level and beyond,” said Patrick Leahy, GenNXT Academy director at Eagle Creek Golf Club, who has trained champion golfers at all levels of the game, including World Golf Hall of Fame Member Nancy Lopez.
The full-time junior high performance program includes customized private coaching and supervised skills training for each athlete, fitness/strength training programs led by Jamaal Wilson, golf performance statistics/analytics feedback from Peter Sanders from Shot By Shot and club fitting and skills benchmark testing using TrackMan.
Students can customize their academic pursuits by enrolling in the Everest Academy on-line education program with teacher support or at Windermere Preparatory School in Orlando or consider alternative educational opportunities.
“I’m really excited to be here in Florida and taking part in the GenNXT Golf Academy,” said James Wyndham-West, an 18-year-old member of Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.
“I talked it over with my parents and we really see GenNXT as the best opportunity to take my game to the next level, so I can achieve my goal of becoming an NCAA golfer next fall,” he said.
Wyndham-West will train throughout the week with Brunton and Leahy and then compete in Florida Junior Tour events on weekends.
Veteran PGA of America member, Larry Emery will be the competition coach for GenNXT Junior Academy. Emery, a 31-year veteran PGA orofessional, who has competed in four majors and will be supporting athletes at practice rounds and will be observing/coaching at the events.
“We have space for 16 full-time junior athletes and I am confident we will get to that number fairly quickly,” Brunton says, noting students can attend full-time or customize their development programs to train for week or monthly blocks to best suit their needs.
In addition to GenNXT, Henry Brunton Golf at Eagle Creek GC offers a full complement of coaching/training programs for local golfers of all ages including Strive for Excellence (ages 13-18), New Competitive Golfer (ages 8-13), Learn2Play Kidz (ages 5-16), private coaching for adults, junior summer camps, college golf recruiting, US Kids, Titleist and PXG club fitting for all golfers, as well as, adult coaching and golf schools.