The Gate October 2018 - Page 8

STUDENT SUCCESS Well Deserved! CONGRATULATIONS BGGA ALUM! in the clubhouse after his final round was completed, shot a 4-under-par 67 in the final round to post a total of 209 finish in fourth – an improvement of five places after two rounds Sunday. “Julian has been great for us at both events but this week he showed why he’s one of the best incoming freshmen in the country,” said Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin. “He is proving he can compete at the highest level. BGGA Student Park Leads the Pack of Winners at Florida Junior Vanderbilt Freshman Annie Kim (BGGA Class Of 2018) Wins First Team Title Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) Alumni Annie Kim teed it up for the first time for Vanderbilt and went on to win the team title. The women’s golf team won the rain-shortened Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, with the Commodores having a 12-shot margin over Arizona State with a 17-under par total of 599 (278-281). Dongjin Park returns to the Winners Circle at Falcon’s Fire, and Yoko Tai takes first for the Girls U16. BGGA student Donjin Park (-5 for 139 total score) returned to the winner’s circle, as Park claimed his first victory of the 2018-2019 season. Park, BGGA Class of 2019 (Seoul, South Korea), scored rounds of 69 and 70 for his 139 total finish (5-under par). Finishing in second-place for the weekend was BGGA student Alex Liu (France) with scores of 74 and an impressive 68 during Sunday’s Final Round. Liu finished with a total of 142 (2-Under Par) for the weekend. BGGA student Yoko Tai took top honors in the Girls Under 16 division after an impressive opening weekend. Tai (Singapore) put together a weekend with scores of 77 and 73 for a 150 total score (6-Over Par). Tai earned herself the first victory of the 2018- 2019 season. 7 Over 80 juniors from Central Florida and beyond gathered at the very popular Rees Jones design layout for the 36-hole, nationally ranked competition. Players competed in four separate age divisions, Boys Under 19 and Under 16, Girls Under 19 and Under 16. This new alignment was designed to better reflect the partnership with the Faldo Series and players looking to qualify for the Faldo Series Grand Final later this year. BGGA students Tyden Wilson and Ian Davis picked up Top-5 finishes and Alex Sun and Daniel Song Top- 10. Sumaer Dhalla (-2) and David Xu (-1) both shot personal best scores, and Sumaer picked up a Top-10 finish. BGGA students recently completed their blueprints for the semester and are in full force executing on those plans maintaining BGGA’s reputation as the dominant force in junior golf. Annie’s 143 (71-72) led her to T-15 in her first collegiate tournament. Kim credits the BGGA coaching team and facility as giving her a great opportunity to improve her game and commented that, “No one can deny that Bishops Gate has the best golf training facility in Florida.” Student- athletes at BGGA have to learn how to handle the rigors of academics and athletics while living away from home. It’s a skill that helped her transition to college. “College coaches tell you that you have to change your lifestyle and adapt to being a young adult,” said Kim. “When you move to college you have to have time management, but at BGGA you already do things yourself, so I already had those skills to carry to college.” The team win is the first for the Commodores at the Mason Rudolph Championship since the 2014 edition of the event and the third time Vanderbilt has won their home tournament (other win came in 2002).  Vanderbilt returns to the course October 12-14 at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC. BGGA’s Julian Perico Ranks Fourth in Men’s College Golf Rankings by Golfweek Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) alumni Julian Perico (Class of 2018) continues his climb since recently graduating from BGGA. Golfweek named Perico #4 in the Preseason Top 10 Freshman in Men’s college golf. Perico is a freshman on the Arkansas Razorbacks team. At the recent Gopher Invitational, Arkansas Razorbacks climbed to finish 4th led by Perico. Perico, who was in second Perico tied for the second-best round, shooting a 4-under 67, to finish fourth (68-74-67=209). Although he led the field with 28 pars over the first two rounds, Perico was strong in the birdie department Monday, carding seven, to make his move. He finished with 37 pars, the third-best total. The rookie has shot par or better six times in nine rounds with three rounds in the 60’s (67, 68 and 67). BGGA Alumni Marcos Montenegro Turns Pro Marcos Montenegro announced the start of his career as a professional golfer last month. “It’s something that I always dreamed of since I was a boy.” Montenegro graduated from BGGA in May 2016 and spent the last two years training and playing in amateur and professional events around the world.  BGGA caught up with Montenegro when he returned to train at the Academy this past winter.  What have you been up to since you left BGGA? Montenegro:  I’ve been training in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with my coach Santiago Garat. I’ve been playing in amateur tournaments as well as events on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. What are your goals? M:  I’m trying to play more events on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica as well as some Tour events to play at a high level. This is going to help prepare me for a professional career. Why do you choose to come back and train at BGGA? M: It’s amazing this place. I like to practice here and return to the place that has given me a lot. It’s really good to come back here where it feels like family. What did you learn at BGGA that you’ve taken with you and used since graduating? M:  I learned a lot. Living here is different than Argentina. There are more responsibilities here, so I think I learned so much outside of golf. Santiago Garat:  He came back to Argentina grown up. His English improved while at BGGA. He came to BGGA as a boy and came back to Argentina as a man. Learn more about Marcos and his goals in this video. 8