THE IJGA OLD CAROLINA COACHING TEAM

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The IJGA Old Carolina’s coaching staff has a mission focused on Player Development.

IJGA Old Carolina offers a team of trained and experienced coaches committed to an elite golf training program. Bringing with them years of industry experience and world-class backgrounds, our coaches will develop and implement a coaching strategy to elevate your game.

Jonathan Yarwood – Director of Golf

Director of Golf Jonathan Yarwood has assembled a strong, progressive and passionate team. Bringing with them years of industry experience and world-class backgrounds, our coaches will develop better players, not just a better golf swing.

Our team of trained and experienced coaches is committed to providing an elite golf training program.

Jonathan Yarwood
Director of Golf

Jonathan Yarwood, a British PGA Master Professional, has a long standing career that speaks for itself. He has trained a U.S. Open winner, two U.S. Amateur winners, two U.S. Girls’ Winners, three AJGA Players of the Year, four #1 juniors, a collegiate #1 and winners on the PGA, LPGA, European, Challenge, Asian and Australasian tours. He has been recognized for his contribution to the game by being the youngest person to be made a British PGA Master Professional in 2011. He was also voted Golf Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Teachers in America’, a ‘Top 20 Teacher under 40’ by Golf Digest as well as voted in the ‘Best Teachers in State Rankings’ for over a decade. He has trained student-athletes of 11 years of age until they ultimately reached the tour. He is proud to be a part of the world-class team at IJGA and to bring his experience to a new generation of junior players.

Retention and mastery is the key. Having a lesson and becoming technically more competent is merely an ‘illusion of competence’ unless it is backed up by a robust plan to retain it, transfer it and master it. Then it can be called the first step on the road to competence.
Jonathan Yarwood Director of Golf

The IJGA Coaching Team

Dwight Nevil

Golf Coach

Dwight Nevil
Golf Coach

Dwight grew up in Texas where he attended the University of North Texas on a full golf scholarship. While serving the United States in the Air Force, Dwight won the All Air Force Golf Championship in 1968.  After qualifying for the PGA Tour in 1970, Dwight spent the next eight years on the PGA Tour where he won the Magnolia Classic in 1973 and again in 1974. Dwight was in the top 60 money winners for two years, which gave him exempt status on the tour. Dwight has been a PGA of America Member since 1976 and is a Life Member. He is also a Veteran Member of the PGA Tour and Member of the Champions Tour (150 + career cuts). Dwight won the Texas State Senior Open in 1995. He was awarded the Northern Texas Distinguished Service Award in 2011. Dwight came to the IJGA from Hank Haney’s Ranch in Dallas in 2012 where he was teaching and fitting putters as well as clubs.
Dwight believes that the only way to succeed in junior golf is through hard work and believing in yourself.  “If it is to be, it is up to me”.

Steven Chalmers

Golf Coach

Steven Chalmers
Golf Coach

Steven grewup in Scotland and is a U.K. AA Advanced PGA Member. He was awarded PGA Advanced status in December 2014 for his contribution in golf coaching. Steven attended University Birmingham, where he obtained a PGA Foundation degree, an Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching and the Level 3 PGA Coaching award, the focus being on learning holistic approaches to golf coaching and performance coaching.

Steven spent ten years at Banchory Golf Club as a teaching professional and in 2012 was appointed by the Scottish Golf Union to become a development coach where he was responsible for developing the performance of young talented junior golfers who wanted to play for the national team. Steven achieved great success with his squads in performance, strategy, skill acquisition and technical development for junior golfers and is excited at the prospect at helping IJGA students.

Steven has developed a passion for 3D analysis and has been mentored by Biomechanics expert Dr. Rob Neal.

Daniel Jackson

Assistant Director of Golf

Daniel Jackson
Assistant Director of Golf

Daniel started playing golf at age seven and then turned professional within golf when he was 20 after having a good amateur career. He began teaching county junior golf within the Nottinghamshire County in England. He had the privilege of working with Master Professionals and National Team coaches in the early stages of his coaching career. In 2008 he went on to work for David Leadbetter at Leadbetter’s Academy in Austria and his junior academy in Florida. From there, Daniel went on to work with multiple international teams, various tour players and elite collegiate players. He is fully versed in the latest technology such as TrackMan, K-vest, Bodi-Trak, SAM PuttLab and Swing Catalyst.

Daniel is a member of the English PGA, and is constantly developing through the implementation of the latest in scientific research that supports player development. Lastly, he is currently completing his MSc in Sports Coaching at The University of Birmingham (UK) which is a Top 75 University in the World.

Chris McLaughlin

Golf Coach

Chris McLaughlin
Golf Coach

Chris began playing golf at the age of six and then competed in numerous junior and amateur events throughout the country. He received a scholarship to play collegiate golf at New York’s Binghamton University. Upon graduating, Chris spent two years working in the family business before deciding to turn professional. Chris began his professional career in New York’s Metropolitan Section before spending time coaching in Michigan, Florida and North Carolina. Chris is currently a senior golf coach at The International Junior Golf Academy in Bluffton South Carolina. As a PGA member certified in teaching and coaching, Chris brings his passion for helping others to the IJGA. Outside of golf, he enjoys many activities which include, baseball, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, playing guitar, drawing, reading, skydiving, fitness, and anything else that involves being on the water.

Chris Wilds

Golf Coach

Chris Wilds
Golf Coach

Chris Wilds, a South Carolina native from Chapin, joins IJGA after serving as an assistant pro at Dolphin Head Golf Club of Hilton Head Island, SC. Wilds attended Midlands Technical College where he majored in Business. Wild is a huge sports fan and loves golf and baseball.  He is an avid Braves, Gamecocks and Carolina Panthers fan.

Sebastian Brown

Director of Strength and Conditioning

Sebastian Brown
Director of Strength and Conditioning

When Sebastian Brown discovered how much fitness improved his own golf game, he chose a career path that would help develop aspiring golfers into athletes and propel their own games. An alumni of the Academy, IJGA’s Director of Strength and Conditioning was born in Jersey, United Kingdom. A seasoned performance coach, Sebastian’s experience includes work in corporate fitness for the PGA TOUR, high-end country clubs such as TPC Sawgrass, and private sports performance studios. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science while playing on the men’s golf team, Sebastian also holds the highest Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor Certification from the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Over his career he has worked with over a dozen TOUR players and learned not only the level of fitness required to play at the highest level but also the physical challenges that comes along with it.

Sebastian recognizes golf’s evolution into a power sport and understands that the golfers of the future must be all-around great athletes who bring strength, speed, and power to the game. In his work as IJGA’s Director of Strength and Conditioning, Sebastian helps his golfers master techniques that promote efficient movement patterns, develop a love of physical activity, while also reducing the risk of injury. Building durable bodies that can withstand the rigors of the amount of practice and play required to be great at golf is essential to longevity in the game. Specially equipped to empathize with the challenges of being away from home, family, and friends, Sebastian uses his “alumni status” at IJGA to forge supportive bonds with his students.

In his spare time, Sebastian enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife Annie and their children.

Skylar Jewell

Director of Mental Performance / Character Mentor

Skylar Jewel
Director of Mental Performance/ Character Mentor

Skylar Jewell is originally from Hyattstown, Maryland. After working in golf and playing throughout high school, Skylar set his sights on achieving a greater understanding of human performance and the psychological characteristics of success. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University, Skylar then continued his education at Georgia Southern University receiving a Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. During this time Skylar also received his first competitive internship opportunity from IJGA. After graduating, Skylar moved to Florida and continued to work in performance psychology and mental conditioning serving as the Director of Mental Performance Training at Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. Skylar takes the knowledge he has gathered in working with students from various tours, different levels, and roughly 15 different countries and has found his way back here to IJGA. Bringing an upbeat and determined attitude, Skylar mentions that he is excited by the opportunity to work with an elite cohort of coaches at IJGA and ultimately to help students explore and expand awareness of their potential.
Skylar continually seeks to gather new information and best methods in practice. He has been member of (AASP) Association for Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology for 6 years and is currently in process for achieving his AASP certification, a benchmark in the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

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