Former Southwest Section PGA of America Teacher of the Year and Youth Player Development award winner Craig Hocknull will begin the spring semester of his Outback Junior Golf Team on February 20.
The 15-week schedule will include high-level coaching from Hocknull, who is one of Arizona’s top teachers ranked by Golf Digest Magazine, and in partnership with fellow Australian Scott Adland, a former touring professional and player performance coach.
“I wanted to provide an opportunity for juniors in the Phoenix area to receive top coaching in an organized team format from top instructors who have played the game on professional tours around the world. This is the type of program that I grew up with which has also produced players like Adam Scott and the world’s number 2 ranked player, Jason Day,” said Hocknull, a former player on the Web.com Tour.
Hocknull and Adland are both motivational coaches and will be using many of the lessons they learned while competing as professionals. Hocknull, attended Jackson State University on a full golf scholarship and was the Southwest Section PGA of America’s Player of the Year in 2013.
Adland traveled extensively throughout Asia, Australia and the US as a touring professional and both coaches are now working with players on several world tours.
The Saturday afternoon program will also include a junior practice membership to the beautiful Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix.
Junior coaches will have access to the high-tech Golf Channel Academy’s Performance Center which includes Pro V1 practice golf balls for short game work, Trackman launch monitors, fitness training equipment and mental game coaching.
“This program combines top coaches and a top facility that will make a huge impact on developing the skills and confidence of all junior golfers who enroll in the program,” Hocknull said.
Programming during school breaks, and field trips to events such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open will be available, Adland said.
The Legacy Golf Club will be hosting a “Meet the Coaches” Day at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. Participants will also be able to take a tour of the facility. Folks who are interested can register for free orientation at www.outbackjunior.com.
The 15 week, 60 hour semester will run from February 20 – June 4 and will cost $2,100 with a $600 semester discount going to the first 10 students enrolled. The Saturday afternoon program will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday and will include range work, confidence coaching and on-course coaching.
For more information on this program and others through Craig Hocknull and his Outback Golf Academy, call (602) 561-4653 or visit www.learnplaylaugh.com.