Last weekend, twenty Montverde Academy/Bishops Gate Golf Academy students played in Orlando’s IJGT Bridgestone Tournament of Champions. In BGGA’s recent Weekend Wrap-Up, published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, BGGA Marketing Manager Mr. Ben Hicks wrote, “The three-day tournament is played on both of the Jack Nicklaus-designed courses at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Central Florida. As the last tournament weekend before the end of the 2014-15 school year, all of the students came ready to play and eager to show their improvement over the last year. BGGA students swept all three divisions of the tournament, claiming ten top-10 finishes, five top-10 finishes, and a first-place finish in all three divisions. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Marcos Montenegro claimed the Tournament of Champions title with a final round 3-under-par 69. Karen Miyamoto claimed the Girls Division title with a 5-shot victory, and, after a two-hole, two-way playoff, Tristan Galant brought home the Boys 14 & Under Division title.”
Bishop’s Gate Golf Academy/MVA students held 5 of the top-20 spots on the Boys 15-19 Division leader board. “In 18th place, Mathias Andersen continued his top-20 streak with eight birdies and 25 pars over the weekend. Bringing home a T8 finish, Tsukasa Kimishima and Zaffar Sikkander both closed out the tournament with a 3-day total 227. Both Tsukasa and Zaffar showed massive improvement in round 3, securing their top-10 finish. With a tournament total 2-over-par, Carlos Marrero claimed a solo third-place finish. Carlos fired 16 birdies and 23 pars over the weekend. In the Girls Division, Marisa Hisaki claimed a T6 finish. Marisa carded 5 birdies and 29 pars over the weekend, securing a tournament total 244. In ninth place, Tomas Molina carded 5 birdies and 24 pars for a tournament 86-83-79-248. With 5 birdies and 28 pars over the weekend, Marc Sabria carded a tournament total 78-84-78-240, good for a solo-eighth place finish. After the two-hole playoff with roommate Tristan, Robin Williams claimed a solo-second finish. Robin and Tristan were neck-to-neck the entire final round, and Tristan claimed the title with a birdie on the second playoff hole,” added Mr. Hicks.
In related BGGA news, and as mentioned in the Friday, May 22, 2015, Montverde.org news post, “MVA/GGGA Students Finish School year Strongly,” our MVA/BGGA junior golfers have vigorously trained throughout their astounding first year study at Bishops Gate Golf Academy. During the 2014-2015 school year, nine students accumulated 21 tournament titles. MVA/BGGA sophomore Maria Hoyos, committed to University of Central Florida, played impressive junior golf recently at the Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament, finishing with a tournament total 66-72-71-209, and capturing a solo-third finish. Remarkably, Maria was 190th in the junior golf rankings in January of this year, and is currently ranked inside the top 20! In mid-June, Maria travel to Japan to compete in the Toyota World Cup.
Mr. Hicks also informed the Montverde Academy Communications Office that a film crew from IMG Productions’ TransWorld Sport visited Bishops Gate Golf Academy to film a feature segment on MVA/BGGA Middle-school student (8th grader) Robin Williams. Throughout the 2014–15 school year, Robin accumulated 3 tournament wins, including qualifying for a spot in the IMG Junior World Championships this summer. Last week, TransWorld Sport aired this feature on their weekly show televised in 42 different countries.
According to TransWorld Sport’s website, “Trans World Sport is the world’s longest running weekly international television sports programme. We’ve been in continuous production every week since 5th May 1987. For over 25 years, we’ve endeavoured to bring our viewers not only the top names and events, but also the off-beat and esoteric stories from the wide world of sport.” Robin’s feature was also shared on TransWorld Sport’s YouTube channel, “BGGA Student Robin Williams Featured on TransWorld Sport.” To view this video, please visit HERE. The following is a list of MVA/BGGA students (and their school grade) mentioned in the above IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions article are:
- Marcos Montenegro : 11th grade
- Karen Miyamoto : 11th grade
- Tristan Galant : 8th grade
- Mathias Anderson : 11th grade
- Tsukasa Kimishima: 11th grade
- Zaffar Sikkander: 11th grade
- Carlos Marrero : 10th grade
- Marisa Hisaki: 11th grade
- Tomas Molina: 8th grade
- Marc Sabria: 8th grade
- Robin Williams: 8th grade
Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), a junior golf academy in academic partnership with Montverde Academy, envisions to be “… the best in the world and for the world.” More expressly, their vision “is to be the leading golf performance training program in the world, and to develop coaches and junior golfers who will achieve the highest levels of success and fulfillment in all areas of their lives.” And the BGGA vision accents their mission, which is to “… develop Mastery, Autonomy, and Purpose in our players to create a new generation of self-directed student-athletes who believe in their limitless power and potential. With over 50,000 square feet of course-like training space, 45,000 square feet of putting and short-game practice area, and an 11-hole golf course, playable in 22 different ways, our coaching team uses our world-class training facility to train students in golf course conditions every day.” Bishop’s Gate Golf Academy’s “unique training environment allows you to train in golf course conditions every day…with over 50,000 square feet of training tee space, 30,000 square feet of putting and short game greens, 15,000 square feet of bunkers. In the spring of 2015 our training center will be completed with two indoor training bays, a putting studio, a brain room, massage room and interactive classroom.” For general information about Bishops Gate Golf Academy programs, please visit www.bgga.com or call us at 855.387.8177. Click here to learn more about BGGA and to take a virtual tour of the BGGA facility. BGGA can be found on Facebook, and you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram.