THE ACADEMY AT WESTHAVEN
Please look for future announcements of our organized instructional programs and take advantage of all offerings in each of the instructional categories– juniors, men’s, ladies, and seniors. Chris Cauthen, PGA Head Golf Professional, will continue to lead the junior programs in 2017 along with his professional staff members, Preston Easley and Jake Bennett. The staff will look to grow in 2017 with the addition of another golf professional to help continue the growth of the junior golf program. In 2017, we plan to hire a Director of Instruction for The Golf Academy to lead all of our teaching/lesson programs. This person will help to enhance the experience for all of our members in an effort to help everyone improve and enjoy the game of golf.
Tim Sygerych’s professional fitting career began at Golfsmith, which led to his joining the prestigious Faldo Golf Institute, where he performed clubfitting and repair services for top Touring professionals and amateurs alike. Clients include PGA Tour players Nick Faldo, Brian Gay, Frank Nobilo, Ty Try, and Jay Williamson. LPGA players include Janice Moody, Karen Stupples and Se Ri-Pak. He also fitted the likes of celebrities including Ken Griffey Jr. and Justin Timberlake. He was a clubfitter at Gaylord Springs in Nashville prior to joining the Golf Academy at Westhaven. Contact Tim at 615.224.2983.
THE ACADEMY OFFERINGS
The Westhaven Golf Academy is committed to our very strong Junior Golf program in order to grow the game of golf by teaching our children to enjoy the game of a lifetime. The current junior program here is alive, growing and in great condition! Junior Golf is a major priority at Westhaven Golf Club. We offer several programs and incentives for junior players of varying ages and skill levels.
o Youth Golfer Program
The Youth Golfer Program is a membership category that allows junior players ages 19 and under to join as a member as long as their parents/guardians are members of the club as a Social member. For an additional $100 per month, the junior golfer has complete privileges to utilize the practice range and the golf course as a member. Parents who are not members in a golf category will pay applicable member accompanied guest rates when playing with their child.
o Cart Fees for Junior Golfers
We also provide free cart fees for juniors ages 12 and under when accompanied by an adult or parent that is renting a golf cart for a round of golf. Anyone who chooses to operate a golf cart must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
o Junior Golf Academy
Our Junior Golf Academy is an after school program in the spring and fall that runs for 4 weeks (2 times per week). Each session is 90 minutes for ages 6 – 14. We use the U.S. Kids golf level programs to assess each junior’s progress throughout the program each year and to provide an incentive for each child to complete skills necessary to advance levels. We also use specific games and drills designed to improve motor skills necessary to play the game of golf. Our Long Term Athletic Development program with these games and drills also keeps it fun for the kids.
o Junior Golf Summer Camps
We run 2-3 summer camps (3 days) that are 2 hour sessions (Tuesday thru Thursday). The camps are designed for kids ages 6-14 and utilize the U.S. Kids Golf Skills assessments as well as the Long Term Athletic Development games and drills.
o PGA Junior League Team
Our PGA Junior League teams continue to grow as we have fielded 2 teams the past two seasons with kids ages 9-13. The PGA Junior League initiative has continued to grow nationwide as a basis for kids to gain entry into a competitive environment with a team concept. The PGA Junior League is a great way for beginning junior players to enter a semi-competitive environment without the usual pressures associated with tournament play.
o Junior Events
In the past, Westhaven Golf Club has been the host facility to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), All American Junior Golf Tour (AJGT), U.S. Kids Golf Nashville Local Tour, Sneds Tour and various local school matches for Middle Schools and High Schools in the Franklin area. We look forward to our continued relationships with junior golf in Tennessee.
o Junior Golf Apparel
The Golf Shop offers a complete line of junior apparel for both girls and boys. Lines such as Puma, Nike, Garb and FootJoy are available to outfit all of our junior players.
As part of the restructuring of our Academy programming, we want to thank Virgil Herring and Matt Walter for their contributions to Westhaven Golf Club over the past several years. Virgil has been at Westhaven Golf Club for the past seven years while Matt Walter has been with us for the past 6 years as both Assistant Golf Professional and Director of Player Development. We wish each of them the best in their new endeavors.