Branimir Nikolich, a Bishops Gate Post Graduate student, has big dreams of playing professional golf, winning the U.S. Open and growing the game of golf in Serbia. While they may seem unreachable to some, Nikolich has the drive and the mindset to accomplish them.
The son of two Serbian immigrants that made their way to the U.S. to escape war, Nikolich knows that hard work pays off, and that’s what his time at BGGA has earned him.
Nikolich came to BGGA in August 2016 to get on the right track with his game and college planning and recruiting. He will be playing for Brevard College this coming fall.
“This is one of the nicest facilities I’ve seen,” said Nikolich. “BGGA has everything. You can’t ask for more. The practice facility really opens up your mind and you can learn different ways to play the game that will aid you in tournament competition.”
While he has high expectations for his game, Nikolich has learned patience and to trust the changes that have taken place with his game.
“Jonathan Yarwood took me under his wing and really built me from the ground up.,” said Nikolich. “I think BGGA helps a lot with the mental part of the game. We have a great mental coach and he really puts things in perspective and teaches you that it’s not always about the results.”
His time at BGGA has been short, but there’s several things Nickolich will miss.
“The weather is the first thing,” said Nikolich. “Getting to know kids from around the world and how they relate. It’s just the way you open your mind and see how other people got into this position. It’s a really unique experience to have.”
After finishing high school, Nikolich said he had two options, one being attending BGGA. With him landing a spot on a college golf team, the decision paid off.