Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), a junior golf academy in academic partnership with Montverde Academy, allows its boarding students enrolled at MVA with the opportunity to train in after- school golf programs and year-round junior golf competitions.  Recently, Montverde Academy/Bishops Gate Golf Academy senior Ana Paula Valdes was one of three BGGA junior golfer to sign letters of intent to play college golf next year.  Ana Paula Valdes (Mexico) will be attending Clemson University to play Women’s Golf in the Fall 2016. Gaby Coello (Venezuela) will be attending the University of Georgia to play Women’s Golf in the Fall 2016. Maria Vesga (Colombia) will be attending Baylor University in the Spring 2016.  View pictures from Signing Day HERE.

In related news, The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announced that Ana Paula Valdes and Montverde Academy/Bishops Gate Golf Academy junior Maria Hoyos have been named to the Rolex Junior All-America 2nd Team.  Maria has recently climbed up the Polo Junior Golf Rankings to claim one of the top spots, earning the honor of being named an All-American for the first time.  Currently ranked 14th in the Polo Golf Rankings, Ana Paula has also earned the honor of being named a Rolex Junior All-American for the first time.  Maria and Ana Paula were recently paired together at the 2015 Wyndham Cup, where they represented the East at the AJGA’s annual Ryder Cup-style match play tournament.

According to the AJGA, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams were introduced in 1978 and “…annually recognize players who have proven to be the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-19. These young men and women distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 127 national events, 112 of which were conducted by the AJGA.  There’s a long history of success by Rolex Junior All-Americans at the college and professional levels.  Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson are among the many Rolex Junior All-Americans in the NCAA and professional record books.”

About Bishops Gate Golf Academy

The mission of Bishops Gate Golf Academy 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.  Under the direction of Golf Magazine Top-100 Instructor Kevin Smeltz, our coaching team delivers a strong program that combines technical, mental, strategic, and physical training into an individual blueprint for each athlete. With exclusive access to the world-class Golf Training Center at Bishops Gate and a partnership with the premier Montverde Academy, Bishops Gate Golf Academy is changing the game when it comes to junior golf development.  Located near Orlando, Florida, Bishops Gate Golf Academy offers the Full-Time Junior Program, Full-Time Player Development Program, and Summer and Winter Camps. More information is available online at