IJGA Director of Golf Jonathan Yarwood introduced golf legend Sir Nick Faldo to the student body today as he hosted a special golf clinic on the campus of the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Bluffton, South Carolina
Enthusiastic IJGA students gathered around as Faldo shared bits of his considerable experience on a variety of topics, including technical tips, strategy on the course, physical conditioning and his vaunted mental approach to success. Faldo gave a variety of demonstrations showing his near flawless shot control and described at length the many nuances of skilled ball striking.
Faldo fielded questions from IJGA students ranging from how to deal with striking a ball partially submerged in a water hazard to who his dream foursome would include. To this he answered Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Lee Trevino. He also conversed at length with the students about yesterday’s finish at the Master’s tournament, his favorite moments from Augusta and his other Major Championship victories. Establishing a theme throughout his presentation, Faldo left the students with a powerful message. “Relax. Be yourself. Have fun and experiment. That’s how you learn.”
About Sir Nick Faldo
A former World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 98 weeks and winner of six Major Championships with more than 40 tournament victories in total, Faldo is regarded as the most successful golfer Britain has ever produced.
Nick Faldo received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in November of 2009 for his lifetime contribution to the game of golf. Sir Nick is the only living British golfer to receive such an honor.
International Junior Golf Academy
The International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) was founded in 1995 and is located in Hilton Head, South Carolina. IJGA is the home of elite juniors from around the world looking to earn a college golf scholarship in the United States. Since 1995, IJGA has achieved nearly 100% college placement and graduates have earned over $51 million in college golf scholarships. Emphasizing both intensive training and scholastic achievement through the nationally accredited Heritage Academy, IJGA’s diverse student body represents 28 countries as athletes and scholars.