THE IJGA DIFFERENCE
Something is different here. There’s a mission difference that smacks you in the face when you meet the IJGA team. IJGA’s 70+ staff teach, coach sports, advise students, mentor and live on campus as house parents. The experience of the IJGA Management Team and staff bring over 150 years of sport academy and college planning & placement experience.
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Andrew Summers was born in Nigeria and grew up in South Africa, countries that his father served in as an educational missionary. He returned to his homeland of Scotland to complete his high school education then went on to earn his undergraduate degree and chartered accountant qualification at St Andrew’s University, Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University.
He then spent twenty years in the investment management industry with Morgan Grenfell, Morgan Stanley and Silchester International Investors, a company that he co-founded in 1994. Andrew retired from a successful finance career in 2006 to focus his time on his true passion – sport and education.
Since his early days as a teacher of math and physics at Strathallan School and as a tennis coach, Andrew has been interested in coaching and developing young people. Having been involved as a partner in golf academies since his retirement, Andrew has a vision to raise the standards of the industry and improve product quality. His philanthropic endeavors are extensive and include supporting schools in South Africa, the USA and Mexico, participating in leadership development in the Middle East and supporting junior sports organizations.
Chris is originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts and has been a member of the PGA for 31 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. Chris also holds the rare distinction of being a Certified Level 3 TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Instructor in two categories: Junior Coach and Golf Instructor. While at Maryland, Chris was captain of the golf team that was coached by PGA Tour Player and 2005 Players Champion, Fred Funk. Chris was the 2004 Northeast New York section PGA Teacher of the Year, a Top 50 Instructor in North America as listed by the Golf Range Association of America, and a Top Teacher-in-State as listed by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. For the last three years, he has been named one of the Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coaches in country by Future Collegians Golf. As a player, Chris is a two-time qualifier for the PGA National Professional Championship as well as the qualifying medalist for both the 1982 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 1995 Cannon Greater Hartford Open on the PGA Tour.
Besides his golf duties, Chris is was the Play-By-Play announcer for high school football and basketball on WHHI-TV, as well as the co-host of Golf Center.