THE IJGA DIFFERENCE
Something is different here. There’s a mission difference that smacks you in the face when you meet the IJGA team. IJGA’s 70+ staff teach, coach sports, advise students, mentor and live on campus as house parents. The experience of the IJGA Management Team and staff bring over 150 years of sport academy and college planning & placement experience.
IJGA BISHOPS GATE MANAGEMENT GROUP
Andrew Summers was born in Nigeria and grew up in South Africa, countries that his father served in as an educational missionary. He returned to his homeland of Scotland to complete his high school education then went on to earn his undergraduate degree and chartered accountant qualification at St Andrew’s University, Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University.
He then spent twenty years in the investment management industry with Morgan Grenfell, Morgan Stanley and Silchester International Investors, a company that he co-founded in 1994. Andrew retired from a successful finance career in 2006 to focus his time on his true passion – sport and education.
Since his early days as a teacher of math and physics at Strathallan School and as a tennis coach, Andrew has been interested in coaching and developing young people. Having been involved as a partner in golf academies since his retirement, Andrew has a vision to raise the standards of the industry and improve product quality. His philanthropic endeavors are extensive and include supporting schools in South Africa, the USA and Mexico, participating in leadership development in the Middle East and supporting junior sports organizations.
With over 36 years of experience in the golf industry, Brad
Turner became a PGA of America member in 1989. He has a
strong competitive golf background and continues to compete in
PGA of America Section and National events. In 1983, he
graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in
Business Administration, and since then has gained experience
at various golf facilities including municipal courses, semi-
private, and private country clubs. A short game expert, Mr.
Turner has developed innovative teaching techniques in all
phases of short game development and wrote the Golf Academy of America Golf Improvement
Program. These teaching techniques have been shared in international clinics for the Chinese Golf
Team and Malaysian Golf Association, as well as members of the North Florida PGA. In 2005, Mr.
Turner earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration. In 2018, he received the Horton
Smith Award in the East Central Chapter of the NFPGA for his contributions in educating fellow PGA
professionals. With his experience in golf and education, he provides IJGA students with valuable
knowledge and experience in achieving their academic and personal goals.
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.