Golf Academy of America Launches Little Linksters
Jul 24, 2013
Golf Academy of America, through programs such as Orlando faculty member Brendon Elliott's Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development, announced it is at the forefront of creating and preserving golf opportunities for future generations as the golf industry celebrates Play Golf America's Family Golf Month in July.
According to a release, Elliott's Little Linksters program, which Elliott demonstrated and described as a guest on Golf Channel, has received acclaim from former LPGA Tour star and junior golf advocate Dottie Pepper and others in the golf industry.
Noting team sports' success at attracting young participants, Elliott invited youth 3 - 8 in 2011 when he started Little Linksters Academy, based out of Wekiva Golf Club, Golf Academy of America's Orlando campus home course.
Through Little Linksters' Best Pee Wee Golf Swing in the World video contest, golf celebrities such as Annika Sorenstam, Hank Haney and Paula Creamer judge juniors' swings.
"Developing the next generation of golfers has always been a priority for us," said Golf Academy of America President Jim Hart.
"How as an industry do we ever think that we can compete with other popular sports if we don't start youth at a large scale at the same ages at they do?" said Elliott, the 2013 North Florida PGA Junior Golf Leader Award recipient.
Elliott's answer was Little Linksters Golf Academy as well as Little Linkster mobile programs throughout Florida and Little Linkster Tour events.
Golf Academy noted that Elliott took a creative approach, developing a Little Linksters coloring book with rabbits "Floppy" and "Birdie" explaining fundamentals of the golf swing, rules, etiquette, safety and sportsmanship to "Bogey," a raccoon.