Mike Bender Academy

Oklahoma State Cowboy Golf Camp

Session 1: June 6 - 10, 2015 Session 2: June 10 - 14, 2015

One of the longest-running camps in the United States, the camp will be hosted by Oklahoma State at Karsten Creek Golf Club, home of the OSU Cowboys Golf Team. The purpose of the camp will be to expose youngsters to competitive golf as taught on the collegiate and professional levels and have a good time in the process. Junior golfers will have access to the same practice areas used by OSU’s golf teams. They will play Karsten Creek, use state of the art video analysis, and receive instruction from NCAA coaches and players.


How Do I Know Which Schools Are “Best Fits” for Me?

Article by Nicky Goetze

The process of assembling a proper best-fit list of schools is crucial for any prospective student-athlete who aspires to play college golf. Developing a list of colleges and universities that matches academic and golf credentials, as well as other selection criteria, establishes the roadmap for finding college golf opportunities. However, if a junior golfer’s list directs him/her toward schools that are not actually best fits, this miscalculation can potentially result in missed opportunity.

So, what contributes to the improper design of a best-fit list of schools? Select "More..." below to make sure you avoid this trap.


Do you want to play golf in college?

What are you doing to make yourself standout amongst junior golfers in your grad year?

  • Do you want a college coach to know how to contact you?
  • Did you know that 100 times a month coaches look at the profiles here on the Scoreboard?
  • Do you want them to put you on their “watch” list?
  • Do you have tournaments that you play that coaches don’t know about like qualifiers and high school events?
  • Do you have accomplishments outside of golf you are proud of and want to share?

If you own A Golf and Academic Resume with the Junior Golf Scoreboard, you will be steps ahead of your competitors who are competing for those limited college golfing scholarships. For Grad Years 2015 & 2016 junior golfers, now is the time to let college coaches know you want to play college golf. Coaches are watching! Click Here to learn more about this great tool!

And click the More . . . link below to see the list of 2014 Grad Year Resume owners and the colleges they are attending.


Get Ready. Take Aim. Fire.

The Mental Game by Michael Riggs

Sloooow play isn’t only frustrating, it is also unnecessary. The best news is that quickening your play will lower your scores.

I work with talented amateur and professional golfers on a daily basis, helping each to think and play more effectively. They come to me for a variety of reasons: to improve their confidence, to better their tournament mindset, to learn to “get in the present”, to move from a great practice player to a skilled competitor, to reduce their competitive anxiety, or to learn to recover and stay mentally focused after a poor hole.


Southeastern Junior Golf Tour (SJGT)

Lauren Lightfritz Defends Title at Sea Island

The SJGT started the 2015 season off this past weekend in Sea Island Georgia and played a 54-hole event at the Retreat Course. This is the first time the SJGT has put on a 54-hole event in the winter months in its 21 year history. The participants had to deal with various weather conditions all weekend but the final round was about perfect with the temperatures in the middle 60's and sunny weather and a light wind.

Lauren Lighrfritz defended her title from 2014 and went on to win the female division after closing with a 77 to go along with her first two rounds of 73-78. Lightfritz who is from Suwanee, Georgia won the event by two shots over Michaela Williams who had rounds of 76-77-77. Third place in the 15-19 female division was captured by Grayson Gladden who improved on her score every day (83-79-78).



Tour Events

RMJGT - Valentines at Washington National
February 14 - 15, 2015

RMJGT - The Oregon Open at Pumpkin Ridge
February 28 - March 1, 2015

RMJGT - Sudden Valley Playoff
March 21 - 22, 2015

    We Are Now Listing Class of
    2015 Early Signees!

Are you a 2015 early signee? Send us a copy of page 1 of your National Letter of Intent (NLI) by Email or by (FAX) 804-527-0834. Select "More..." below to see our complete listing.

Junior Boys
  • Tyler Joiner - Georgia Tech
  • Logan Archer - West Alabama (D-II)
  • Trevor Lampson - California Baptist 
  • Dylan Godfrey - Texas - San Antonio
  • John Lazor - Dartmouth
Junior Girls
  • Sybil Robinson - Michigan State
  • Shannen Stewart - Oklahoma Baptist (NAIA)
  • Mackenzie Meadows - Tulsa
  • Sammy Winchester - Cal Poly
  • Alexa Popowitz - Georgetown

As of today, we have received and posted over 800 Signees!


Saving Strokes with Your Short Game

Todd Casabella - Mike Bender Golf Academy

Many strokes can be saved in the short game. When you miss a green your ability to save par is an obvious benefit to your score. But there's more to a good short game than. It provides confidence to attack the golf course. If your confident you can get up and down from anywhere, you can play aggressive.

At the Mike Bender Golf Academy we teach four basic short game shots: low, medium, high and flop. The shot you select to play depends on many factors, the most basic three being the lie of the ball, the landing spot on the green and the amount of roll. Once you have assessed these factors you pick the club and the type of shot.


Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Championship Fitness by Kelly Shobe

With increased demands on time, young golfers want to workout quickly but keep their cardiorespiratory endurance at optimal efficiency. High Intensity Interval Training involves alternating between very intense bouts of exercise and low intensity exercise, preferably at a 1:4 interval ratio for beginners. So jog at a moderate intensity for 60 seconds then sprint for 15 seconds (complete 10 times) but only once or twice a week to increase anaerobic and aerobic capacities.

Read about the benefits of improving your cardiorespiratory endurance in my article by selecting "More..." below.


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