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IJGA post-graduate student Trey Wren has had quite the spring so far. From bringing home the title at the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation to forcing a playoff at The Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation in back-to-back weekends it has been an exciting time for the 18 year-old from Suffolk Va. It just got a little more exciting […]

Ono, Taisuke A

Tokyo, Japan native Taisuke Ono started playing golf five years ago after watching his dad play and has not looked back since. The 15-year-old has played in five International Junior Golf Tour events this season including a second-place finish in the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Read on to learn more about Ono. Q&A WITH ONO […]


This past weekend, March 19-22, 2015 , IJGA alumnus Morgan Hoffmann, Franklin Lakes, N.J., showed the PGA Tour just what he is made of at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. Hoffmann’s stellar first two rounds propelled the 25 year-old to his highest tour finish of the season, […]


College Golf Camps of America (CGC) returned to Hilton Head for its second spring event! More than a dozen IJGA students took part in the 2nd Annual National Junior Golf Prospects Camp that ran from March 20-22, 2015. The exciting three-day event took place at Hampton Hall Golf Club on the Pete Dye course and included […]


This week was spring break for IJGA students complete with beautiful spring weather for a good portion of the week. Since school was out of session, golf students had the opportunity to head home for a few days to spend time with their families if they wished. Those who stayed on campus spent quality time […]

Ricky 3.18.15

This week on Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, IJGA Alumnus Richy Werenski, South Hadley, Mass., continued to show the competition what he is made of, needing just two strokes of his club to move on to Episode 8 of the Golf Channel show. The first immunity challenge this week put the Big Breakers on […]


The IJGA strives for many things, but most of all, to help our students reach their full potential, playing at the collegiate and professional levels later in life. Our alumni include PGA Tour golfer Morgan Hoffman, LPGA Tour golfers Stephanie Meadow and I.K. Kim as well as Web.com Tour golfer and Big Break The Palm […]

Student Spotlight Melany Chong A

Melany Chong‘s dad sparked her interest in golf by bringing her to the driving range as a kid. She started to take lessons and play seriously in the seventh grade. Chong is now a junior at IJGA. Read on to learn more about her. Q&A WITH CHONG What is your favorite golf memory? My first […]


This week on, Big Break The Palm Beaches FL, IJGA Alumnus Richy Werenski, South Hadley, Mass., continued his steady performance moving on to episode seven in quick time. This week’s challenge saw the players take on an obstacle known well by golfers of all levels, a water hazard but included a little twist. The object […]


On March 10, 2015, two IJGA alums helped their respective colleges to a one-two finish at the Bash at the Beach tournament in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Poom Pattaropong, Bangkok, Thailand, of James Madison University and Charlie Durman, London, England, of University of West Georgia both had strong outings at the tournament carding three eagles […]


Residing in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has many advantages. Access to wonderful beaches, first-class seafood restaurants, a great climate for yearlong golf training, and access to numerous golf courses just to name a few. Colleges and Universities across the country flock to the Lowcountry for their Fall and Spring tournaments as well. This past weekend, […]

Azahara Munoz of Spain

This past weekend, March 5-8, 2015, an IJGA Alumnus and a professional student of IJGA coach Tim Vickers competed in the LPGA HSBC Women’s Champions. Azahara Munoz, Malaga, Spain,  a professional student of Tim Vickers, and IJGA alumnus Shanshan Feng, Guangzhou, China,  tied for fourth place in the event with total scores of 10-under, 278. […]


This week, IJGA alumnus Richy Werenski moved on to episode six on Big Break, The Palm Beaches FL. Werenski, who has quietly put together a strong campaign on the show, continued his strong run this week. For the third time in as many weeks he secured immunity ensuring he would not be heading to the elimination […]


This week’s IJGA Alumni Update features class of 2011 graduate Rika Park, Fujieda Shi-Shizouka, Japan, who currently plays collegiate golf at the University of Miami  and competed at the Hurricane Invitational on the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida, March 2-4, 2015. Park is currently a senior at the University of Miami and boasts a […]


This weekend was a busy one for IJGA alumni and the professional students of IJGA Director of Instruction, Kevin Smeltz. Sarah-Jane Smith of Geelong, Australia, and a student of Smeltz, spent the weekend in her own back yard playing in the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open at the Clearwater Golf Course in […]