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GILCHRIST GOLF ACADEMY MERGES WITH BISHOPS GATE Over the past twenty-five years, Gary Gilchrist has necessary to become competitors in college. successfully established himself as a world-renowned golf teacher. He has been recognized by Golf Digest as a Now in 2019, Gilchrist and Summers have once again Top 50 Teacher in America and most recently recognized partnered to offer the best golf coaching and training again as Top 100 Teachers in America by Golf Magazine. facilities in the world. The resulting single junior golf His career began as the Director of Golf at IMG Academy. academy, to be located at Bishops Gate, will be rebranded Subsequently, Gilchrist accepted the same position at the as IJGA, Bishops Gate. Gilchrist will be the Director of Golf International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hilton Head at IJGA, Bishops Gate. Jonathan Yarwood will continue Island, SC. as Director of Golf at IJGA, Hilton Head Island. Both are Top 100 golf coaches, as selected by the Golf Digest Andrew Summers had successfully been a founding panel. No other pair of junior golf academies offers this member of a number of investment management breadth and depth companies, gaining of teaching acumen considerable experience and experience in and becoming skilled at leadership. setting up organizational structures necessary Gilchrest and Summers to motivate and enable also envision spreading senior staff to excel in a to other continents “people” business. the experience they offer junior golfers. In 2008, Gilchrist and BGGA has an affiliate Summers founded in Mexico; Gilchrist the Gary Gilchrist Golf has an affiliate in Academy at Mission Inn China; and Summers Resort & Club in Howey anticipates closing in the Hills, not far from on the acquisition Orlando, Florida. Quickly of an affiliate in it became the most prominent, independent junior golf India. Combining academy in the world. their programs in the U.S. will allow them to strengthen together and grow their affiliates in these three most In 2014, Summers and Gilchrist decided to operate two strategic continents, creating the predominant junior golf separate junior golf academies independent from each development program in the world. Students will benefit other. In addition to founding the Bishops Gate Golf from the highest quality of golf coaching and golf facilities, Academy in Howey in the Hills, Florida, Summers also while at the same time remaining fully focused upon their purchased the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton academic studies. Programs at all the IJGA facilities are Head Island, South Carolina. Summers invested a great dedicated to maturing their students’ golfing skills, while deal of resources to create the best training facilities in the not neglecting the more important development of their world at both locations. The Bishops Gate campus features character. This is an exciting time to be working with a 9-hole course, which with double tees and greens plays young students who are passionate about their golf as as an 18-hole course, student housing, dining, and training there appears to be a heartening renewal of interest in the facilities expressly tailored to allow young golfers to sport worldwide. develop their games while still pursuing academic studies THE GATE | MAY 2019 3