About the IJGA Bishops Gate Coaching Team
In just six short years, IJGA Bishops Gate is proud to have built the foremost golf coaching team in junior golf, with the results of our students evidencing the quality of instruction and development. Our analysis shows that we had twice the number of wins over our nearest rival and four times the number of wins over our third-place rival academy.
We see in the structure of the golf program two main elements, one obviously being the Coaching and Instruction of students, but also very importantly we recognize the importance of many areas of the golf program that require professional Management and Organization.
DIRECTOR OF GOLF
Simply put Gary Gilchrist is synonymous with junior golf. In a coaching career that spans 25 years, Gilchrist has been responsible for recruiting, training, and developing more top-ranked junior golfers than any other coach in the world-period.
In his illustrious coaching career, Gilchrist has taught more than 75 AJGA All-Americans, 6 AJGA Players of the Year, 2 US Amateur Champions, 2 US Junior Girls Champions, 1 NCAA Women’s Champion, and 2 US Public Links Champions. In a career that spans over 25 years, Gilchrist junior students have amassed over 850 wins on a variety of junior tournament circuits including AJGA, HJGA, FCJT, IJGT tours.
Simultaneously, while running junior golf academies, Gary has trained many of the games top PGA and LPGA professionals helping these players achieve remarkable success-including 8 major championships, 3 players ascending to #1 World Ranking, a dozen players reaching top 10 world rankings and a bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympic games. To date, Gary’s professional students have a combined 67 wins on the PGA, European, and LPGA tours.
Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Gilchrist dreamed of playing pro golf like many juniors. After playing golf for two years at Texas A & M, Gilchrist’s dream came true when he won the South African PGA Tour School and started competing against the likes of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Gilchrist played on South Africa’s elite Sunshine Tour for five years and was a three-time winner on the South African PGA Winter Tour.
Later, Gilchrist’s professional golf interests led him to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida, where he assisted Leadbetter coaching PGA Tour players such as Nick Price, David Frost, Mark O’Meara, Andy Bean and Els. After seemingly being at the pinnacle of his coaching career, though, Gilchrist ventured toward unchartered territory: junior golf.
In 1995, Gilchrist was charged with developing the first full-time junior golf academy in the world. After running IMG’s David Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy as the Director of Golf from 1995-2004, Gilchrist took his expertise to the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he oversaw hundreds of elite junior and professional golfers for another three years.
Though Gilchrist was initially trained as a technical teacher, he quickly realized to take golfers to the next level, they needed to master more than just technique – they also needed a comprehensive training program that incorporated every aspect of being a champion and that’s just what he did with starting the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. In July 2019 Gary merged with Bishops Gate Golf Academy and is now the Director of Golf of the combined academies operating as International Junior Golf Academy, Bishops Gate.
No other coach in the junior golf academy business is more trusted by families than Gilchrist. Gary’s dedication and passion for teaching the game and impacting the lives of all his students are unparalleled. Gilchrist has been recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 50 Teacher in America from 2011-2018, Golf Magazine as a Top 100 Teacher since 2013, and Future Champions Master Coach in 2017.
Director of Golf Operations / Assistant Director of Golf Coaching and Instruction
“If you cannot do the little things well you will never do the big things well”
Chris is originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts and has been a member of the PGA since 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. While at Maryland, Chris was captain of the golf team that was coached by PGA Tour Player and 2005 Players Champion Fred Funk. Chris holds the rare distinction of being a Certified Level 3 TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Instructor in two categories: Junior Coach and Golf Instructor. 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 the country by Future Collegians Golf.
Chris has been training Elite Junior Golfers for over 25 years. He has found that undoubtedly there is a correlation between their technical golf abilities and their commitment to fitness. “The more committed to fitness a junior golfer is, the better they develop speed, dynamic balance and technically sound positions throughout their swing.”
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.
Assistant Director of Golf Coaching and Instruction
“Take a moment to close your eyes, prior to each shot then follow your routine with focus.”
Grant Balcke is a seasoned golf coach known for his honest and fair approach to golf training.
With over 15 years of experience, his golf career spans three continents.
Grant started his professional coaching career at the acclaimed National Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia as a part of the Australian PGA Education system. After 2 years, Grant moved to South East Asia to become the Junior Development Manager and eventually Owner of the Asian Golf Institute based at the Keppel Club in Singapore coaching players of all levels.
Prior to turning professional, Grant enjoyed a successful junior and amateur career and played NCAA DI golf at the University of Southern Mississippi. Coach Grant came to IJGA because he aspired to work with Elite Junior Players full time and aid them in developing as players and people. “Gary’s Coaching and the system of Training was something that I believed matched my goals and beliefs in the golf swing and game development, so it was a great fit to
join the coaching team.”
He enjoys the constant challenge and how the game blends numerous skill sets together all into onesport. Golf gives young players the opportunity, direction, knowledge, and assistance to work hard, stay on task and achieve their goals. Grant believes that in the development of junior athletes, there needs to be technical proficiency in order for strategy, mental and personal performance.
Grant has coached and mentored both national and international players to receive college golf
scholarships to Division 1 schools. He has also assisted and instructed professionals including Morgan Hoffman, Shanshan Feng, Ariya & Moriya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko and Yani Tseng.
Assistant Director of Golf Coaching and Instruction
Fred is the founder of Fred Griffin Golf and previously served as the Director of the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf (formerly the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf) in Orlando, Fla., since it opened in 1986.
A Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, Griffin teamed with CompuSport International and Dr. Ralph Mann to create the first science-based curriculum program based on high-speed video and computer graphics in the golf instruction industry.
Griffin’s and Mann’s research on the biomechanics of the swing spawned the golf instruction book, Swing Like a Pro, which became a model for the many swing sequence articles you see in magazines today. This dedicated passion for research-based instruction is what sets Griffin apart from other programs. In fact, he and Dr. Mann have spent years together and as a result have completed scientific research on all aspects of the game from full swing, putting, pitch and run, pitching and bunker play.
A regular on Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State list, Griffin has served on the National PGA Presidents Council and National PGA Teaching Committee and spoken at four national PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits.
His many other professional achievements include: North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year (1988, 2019), PGA National Finalist Teacher of the Year 2019, North Florida East Central Chapter Teacher of the Year (1988, 2009, 2019), and Golf Digest’s America’s 50 Greatest Teachers. Among the many players who have taken lessons from Fred are Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, Seve Ballesteros, and Bernhard Langer, Liselotte Neuman, In Gee Chun, Amy Yang and Jihee Lee.
“Stick with your first decision and don’t be worried about making a mistake.”
Bryan Mulry’s is more than just a golf instructor, he is a coach to his students.
Coach Bryan started playing golf at the age of 9, attracted to the sport because it was one of the few that can you play individually. In 1995, Bryan graduated from the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University.
Before joining the International Junior Golf Academy, Bryan spent 11 years as a Head PGA Golf
Professional managing two 18-hole private facilities. He oversaw golf operations, the on-course golf shop and performing all golf instructional programs for students and adults of all ages!
His experiences teaching the game of golf on the lesson tee and golf course have helped him improve golfers of all ages and skill levels throughout the world. He came to IJGA because “there isn’t a better program for any young aspiring golfers to attend. At the academy, I have an amazing opportunity to teach and coach juniors with goals, desires and drive to better their futures academically, personally and professionally.”
He truly believes in Gary Gilchrist’s system of training and the improvement and positive results of his students keep him motivated. Bryan is a dedicated coach who supports his students both on and off the course. “It’s amazing how golf and life’s challenges and stories blend so well together.”
As a golf clinic specialist, Bryan has traveled throughout many countries demonstrating and teaching golfers how to better their game using 5 main components of the training system, technical, physical, mental, strategy and personal development.
“Focus on what is in front of you, because it is the only thing you can control.”
Dave Shenosky is a passionate and caring coach.
He joined the GGGA team in the fall of 2013. With his extensive background as a professional caddy on the LPGA and Symetra Tours and teaching professional at two different golf clubs, Dave brings a great deal of knowledge to coaching and tournaments from a player’s perspective.
Dave joined the academy team because of “the opportunity to learn and grow as a coach from Gary Gilchrist using his system of training and the ability to have an impact on young students.”
In his time here at GGGA, he has assisted Gary in the coaching of many professional players including Shanshan Feng, Fabrizio Zanotti, Paula Creamer, Haotong Li, Ssu-Chia Cheng, and China’s Guangdong National Team both here at the academy and in Guangzhou, China.
He is Level 4 certified in the Gary Gilchrist Training System, K-Vest certified and has completed the level one TPI Certification. Coach Dave keeps swing goals and game development simple for his students while developing a process and plan to reach their goals. “Your success in the game of golf is not about perfection, but the ability to respond and build resilience to situations and challenges.
Dave has represented GGGA all over the world. He has executed golf clinics in Chile, Taiwan, Colombia, and China. He was an integral part of developing and implementing golf programs and coaches training for the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Beijing, China.
He is motivated by his student’s drive to get better, their want for improved results and the opportunity to help them reach their goals. He believes in celebrating the small victories throughout the process.
“The lessons learned in golf help young athletes to be better equipped to have the mindset for successing anything they desire to accomplish.”
David is the cosmopolitan of the IJGA Bishops Gate team with 16 years teaching experience from nine countries around the world. David brings his knowledge and unerring work ethic to IJGA Bishops Gate and these qualities have quickly established him as a popular and valued member of the team.
- New Zealand Professionals Golfers Apprecticeship, 1997
- Professional, Australian Sunshine Circuit
- National Development Coach, Slovenia
- Director, David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Turkey and South Korea
- Senior Coach, England and Ireland
- 4 KLPGA wins
- Yun Ji ChO, won the 2010 KLPGA Rookie of the Year
Drake Edmond’s love for the game, competitive nature playing the game and commitment to self-improvement was something he wanted to share with golfers of all levels. Drake is proficient in utilizing Sam Putt Lab, Trackman, force plates and V1 analysis. Through his calm, supportive demeanor, Drake develops each player to have confidence in themselves and the resilience needed to be a top junior golfer.
- Golf Management degree, Professional Golfer’s Career College
- Instructor, David Leadbetter Golf Academy
- Instructor, Nike Golf Camps
- Rookie of the Year
- LaPorte Herald Argus Golfer of the Year
- 3x DAC All-conference Player of the Year
- 2x MVP
- State finalist
Master Club-Maker/Fitter and Assistant Coach
Master Club-Maker/Fitter and Assistant Coach
With IJGA Bishops Gate since 2013
Kris Sirak brings his strong passion for the art of Custom Club-Making and enjoyment of working with junior golfers to IJGA Bishops Gate. Kris has been named a Certified Custom Club-Fitter by all of the following companies: Titleist, Ping, TaylorMade, Mizuno, Callaway, Cobra, Fourteen, Tour Edge, OBAN, Fujikura, Matrix and PXG.
- Certifications from:
- San Diego Golf Academy Golf Properties Management
- Trackman University (Certified Level 2 Professional)
- Flightscope Academy (Certified Professional)
- SAM Putt-lab Certified Instructor/Fitter
- Golfsmith International GCA (Certified Master Club-Maker)
- Certified Mitchell Club-Maker and Equipment Partner.
- Competed in Maxfli Junior PGA Championship at PGA National Golf Club
PROFESSIONALS WORKED WITH
- Morgan Hoffmann
- Yani Tseng
- Charles Howell III
- D.A. Points
- Suzann Pettersen
- Shanshan Feng
- Na Yeon Choi
- Amy Yang
- To name a few…
Coach Nick is a native from Marietta, Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. After that, he received his Masters degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Georgia Southern University.
Before joining IJGA, Nick was the mental performance coach for Cooper Sports Performance in Tampa where he worked with numerous athletes from youth to professional. He was attracted to golf from a mental standpoint because it is a sport where the mental aspect is so prominent.
Nick describes himself as a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and passionate coach who wants student-athletes to use mental skills to improve not only their performance, but also other aspects of their lives.
For him, Mental Performance is a lifestyle that helps players to improve confidence and focus on and off the course.
Senior Performance Coach
Gary has been a fully certified member of the Professional Golf Association of Australia since 1987, currently holding an Advanced Certification in Coaching. Throughout his career Gary has been very fortunate to have been entrusted with very diverse roles in public service leadership, professional golf, and athlete performance development.
During his 30 plus years coaching in many parts of the world, he has helped prepare players at every level of golf, from beginners to PGA Tour Major Champions. Today Gary’s goal is to share his experience, knowledge and passion learned over the years with the students at IJGA. As a golf performance coach and athlete, Gary embraces the simple philosophy of LEARN – PREPARE – PERFORM.
Partial Coaching Transcript:
- Australian Sports Medicine Foundation: Certified Sports Trainer. 1984
- Professional Golf Association of Australia: Certified Member.1987
- PGA Australia Long Drive Champion, 1989 – 1991
- International Sports Sciences Association: Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. 2000
- United States Golf Fitness Association: Certified Master Golf Fitness Instructor. 2002
- C.H.E.K Institute: Golf Biomechanics Certification 2003
- American Council on Exercise: Theory and Methodology of Training Certificate, 2009
- United States Sports Academy: Sports Psychology certified, 2010
- Australian Sports Commission: High Performance Coaching certified, 2014
- United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), National Youth Team, Manager / Coach.
- Authored the “Junior and Youth Lifesaving Learning Objectives”. Which was submitted and approved by the International Lifesaving Society (ILS) as the
standard of expectation in order for USLA Junior Lifeguards to be eligible to compete in International competition.
- As a Master’s athlete, Gary has won International Lifesaving Society World Surfboat rowing championships; World Paddling Association paddleboard championships; and former Master’s indoor rowing world record holder.
Julieta is a strong addition to the Mental and Performance Coaching team. A LPGA player since 2006, these are the highlights of her professional and amateur career:
- Winner of the 2006 ADT Championship
- Winner of the Women’s World Cup of Golf 2007
- 6 Top 10’s in Major championships
- 24 Top 10’s in LPGA events
- Set an LPGA Tour record for the most money earned by a rookie at $1,633,586 in 2006
- Gold medalist of the ODESUR Games 2014
- Bronze medalist of the Pan American Games 2015
- Participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics
- Winner of the 2005 YMCA Futures Classic (Symetra Tour)
- Winner of the US Girls championship 2004
- AJGA Player of the Year 2004
- 4-time AJGA All American
- Individual and Team Winner of the 2004 South American Championship
- Flag bearer for Paraguay in the 2016 Rio Olympics
Director of Health and Athletic Development
Director of Health and Athletic Development
With IJGA Bishops Gate since 2015
Karen Harrison has an eye for detail and this is reflected in the meticulous fitness assessments and improvement plans created for IJGA Bishops Gate students. Originally trained as a podiatrist, Karen studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, then at the University of Queensland to obtain a Post-Graduate Degree in Exercise Science (majoring in Biomechanics). In 2004, Golf BioDynamics (GBD), the company jointly owned with husband Dr. Robert Neal, re-located to The Jim McLean Golf School in Miami, Florida (USA). Over the next decade, Karen further developed her golf skills, specializing in swing analysis, becoming proficient in BioFeedback Training and providing physical training programs for golfers of all abilities. In 2014/2015, Karen assumed the role as Director of Health and Athletic Development with the IJGA team in Hilton Head (SC) joining the IJGA Bishops Gate team in 2015. The fitness program delivered alongside Performance Specialist Justin Smith, is of the highest quality and challenges our students to reach their athletic potential. Karen also has extensive experience in managing overuse injuries and recently completed a prestigious qualification in Sports Nutrition through the International Olympic Committee.
Director of Fitness
“Hard Work Beats Talent, When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard.”
When Sebastian Brown discovered how much fitness improved his own golf game, he chose a career path that would help develop other aspiring golfers into athletes and propel their own games. Sebastian was born in Jersey, United Kingdom and attended the IJGA himself as a post-grad in 2004. This led to 4-years of collegiate golf while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Now a seasoned performance coach with over 10-years’ experience training golfers to perform better, his experience includes work in corporate fitness for the PGA TOUR at TPC Sawgrass where he trained many TOUR professionals, exclusive country clubs, and sports performance studios.
His other credentials include the highest Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor Certification from the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), a Certified Functional Strength Coach from the renowned Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and Certified Fitness Specialist from leading human performance company, EXOS.
Over his career he has worked with many accomplished PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour professionals and learned not only the level of fitness required to play at the highest level but also the physical challenges that comes along with it. Sebastian recognizes that the golfers of the future must be all-around great athletes who bring good mobility, strength, speed, and power to the game. In his work with the IJGA, he helps his students master techniques that promote efficient movement patterns, develop an enjoyment for physical activity, while also reducing the risk of injury and boosting performance.