Second Annual Ryder Cup
Nabila Inak of Forest Hills and Satchel Johnsen of Brookhaven, N.Y., representing the Metropolitan PGA Section, participated in the 2012 Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy, originally developed in response to recommendations from past U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captains, and part of the 2010 Ryder Cup Outreach program. After a successful debut, the Academy returned July 1 through 8, at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla. A total of 84 juniors were selected to participate. “We had a tremendously successful first year of the Ryder Cup Junior Academy,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “I was able to see first-hand the impact this had on a special group of junior golfers from across the country. I am sure that this year will have the same positive impression on the future of our great game.” The Ryder Cup Junior Academy is a week-long program that emphasizes a variety of skills, including playing and competing in both stroke- and match-play formats, swing mechanics, competitive course management, as well as fitness and physical assessments. The initiative is designed to expand the outreach of the Ryder Cup and provide aspiring young players an opportunity to experience an elite player development academy, while targeting those who may not have the resources or means to attend. It also offers the juniors expert instruction from past U.S. Ryder Cup Captains and award-winning PGA Professionals. As part of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup Team’s charitable commitment—which has already impacted U.S-based charitable organizations and students at colleges and universities nationwide—the team designated a total of $650,000 to create and support the Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy. Each of the 41 PGA Sections nationwide were given the opportunity to nominate one boy and one girl each, with the remainder of the juniors selected through an at-large process. Also receiving invitations were boy and girl participants from the Notah Begay III Foundation, Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, Bill Dickey Scholarship Association, Pan-American Golf Association, and the AJGA Ace Grant Program.