Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) has supplanted itself as the dominant force in junior golf after the success during the 2017-18 academic year. The Academy had 75 students from 22 countries representing the Academy across several junior golf tours.
The total wins for BGGA this past year is a record for the Academy at 50. There was a total of 109 top-3 finishes and 213 top-10 finishes.
There’s one win that stands out among them all and that came from Peruvian junior golf standout Julian Perico when he won the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship, an invitation only event. That wasn’t Perico’s only highlight this year as he also finished second in Sir Nick Faldo’s Major Champions Invitational and finished T7 at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. BGGA Male Player of the Year Perico also signed to play college golf with the University of Arkansas where he’ll start in the fall.
BGGA’s Female Player of the Year Siyan Chen won three times this year and had six top 10 finishes. Chen also verbally committed to the University of Illinois and will sign her national letter of intent with the school next November.
In the fall, BGGA swept the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. Winning their respective age divisions were Teddy Tetak, Annie Kim, Egor Zotov and Ying-Ting Hsieh. Each player earned an invite to play in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final and BGGA was represented by Kim, Zotov, Hsieh, Niels Schmidlin and Cynthia Tu. Kim wound up finished second in the Girls 18 and Up Division.
Several other students had dominating performances. Dongjin Park had three wins on the IJGT in the spring along with four other top-10 finishes this year. Park also set the BGGA tournament record after shooting an 11-under 61. Nic Pevny won three times on the IJGT this spring in the Boys 14 and Under Division and record another top-10 finish.
Around the new year, BGGA has two students win prestigious junior events. Petr Hruby won the 2017 Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic. Hruby also had another top-3 finish and he verbally committed to play for the University of Washington in 2019. Thomas Pfoestl won the Optimist Tournament of Champions and had three top-10 finishes.
Jeffrey Wu won the CJGA World Challenge at Innisbrook Resort in December.
Dongjin Park and Ying Ting Hsieh won the boys and girls divisions respectively at the AJGA Judy Oppenheimer in Okatie, South Carolina in June.
BGGA students were successful off the course as well as two students received AJGA honors. Tracy Lee was named to the 2017 AJGA Scholastic All-America Team, and Perico was named to the 2017 AJGA Junior All-America Honorable Mention Team.
With the combination of great tournament results and top academics, BGGA had a great senior class commit to go on and play college golf at colleges like Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, South Carolina, etc.