The Dominant Force in Junior Golf
In just five short years, BGGA is proud to have built the foremost golf coaching team in junior golf, with the results of our students evidencing the quality of instruction and development. Our analysis shows that we had twice the number of wins over our nearest rival and four times the number of wins over our third-place rival academy.
We see in the structure of the golf program two main elements, one obviously being the Coaching and Instruction of students, but also very importantly we recognize the importance of many areas of the golf program that require professional Management and Organization.
Led by Renowned PGA Advanced Fellow Professional Kevin Craggs as Director of Golf Instruction.
After playing on the European Tour for a number of years, Kevin transitioned into coaching and for many years was the coach to the Scottish National Team. He built his career on successfully improving the games of golfers at all levels from junior golfers, club golfers through to tour players on both the U.S. and European tours.
BGGA has an extraordinary Advisory Board made up of the following notables:
- Dr Fran Pirozzolo
- Dr Bob Bjork
- Dr Bob Christina
- Dr Anders Erikson
- Tim Lee
- Dr Rob Neal
- Trillium Rose
- Kevin Smeltz
Our golf coaching / instruction program has been built around the principles that they have developed from many decades of research into physical, mental and technical aspects of the golf swing and student development. In the case of Dr. Pizozzolo, Dr. Neal and Smeltz who are also practitioners who spend over fifty days onsite with our coaches and our students, giving invaluable advice to both coaches and students with hands-on interaction.
Kevin Craggs – Director of Golf Coaching and Instruction
Led by Renowned PGA Advanced Fellow Professional Kevin Craggs as Director of Golf Instruction. After playing on Golf Tours around the world for years, Kevin transitioned into coaching and for many years was the coach to the Scottish National Team. He built his career on successfully improving the games of golfers at all levels from junior golfers, club golfers through to tour players on both the U.S. and European tours.
Over the last 10 years his teaching philosophies have regularly been featured in two of the country’s top selling golf magazines and featured 12 times on front covers.
Kevin Craggs testimonials from players and the media:
European Tour Players
“His knowledge and enthusiasm for the game installs invaluable confidence in a pupil. In my mind he is an outstanding coach with a fantastic appetite to improve player’s skills.” – Sandy Lyle (Former U.S. Masters & British Open Winner)
“I’ve worked with Kevin for years and must admit that he’s the most enthusiastic and positive coach I’ve ever had. He is terrific…great coach with a vast knowledge.” – Colin Montgomerie (European Tour Player & Ryder Cup Captain)
“One of the most natural and talented coaches I have ever seen.” – Severiano Ballesteros (All Time Golf Legend)
“Having worked with some of the best coaches in the world, Kevin is certainly among those talented few who have the ability to tailor specific swing mechanics to suit the pupil.” – Phillip Parkin (Sky Sports Commentator & Former European tour Player)
“Great coach with a real passion to improve a player’s game.” – Stephen Gallacher (European Tour Winner & Ryder Cup Player)
“Top guy who gave me some great foundations to build my game and career on.” – Nicolas Colsaerts (European Tour Winner & Ryder Cup Player)
LPGA & LET Tour Players
“Kevin has been a very positive influence on my golf both mentally and physically. He has a great positive attitude and we have done a lot of good work together on my swing to the point that I feel that I am playing the best golf of my life.” – Catriona Matthew (LPGA Tour Player & Ladies British Open Winner 2009)
“Kevin not only saved my Game, he rescued my career. His knowledge and ability to coach in a simple way is without doubt world-class. He is a major influence to me on and off the course.” – Mel Reid (LPGA Tour Player)
“I have worked with Kevin for many years. He understands all aspects of the game and has an amazing talent to educate and motivate players to get the very best from their ability.” – Kylie Walker (Ladies European Tour Player)
“Kevin is by far the most enthusiastic and able coach with whom I have ever worked with. His knowledge of the golf swing is superb, making learning and understanding easy. There is no doubt that I would have not achieved the same success in my career without his support.” – Lynn Kenny (Ladies European Tour Player)
“When I’m just near him it makes me want to be better. I’ve never had this much fun playing golf” – Paula Creamer (LPGA Tour Player & Major Winner)
“Kevin is an amazing coach and mentor who can bring the very best out of me and my game” – Tiffany Chan (LPGA Tour Player)
“Kevin’s clear and consistent teaching style earned him a place on Golf Monthly’s list of top 25 UK coaches. Since then he has regularly provided the magazine with imaginative and effective instruction, making him a valued member of our top team of teaching professionals. For every swing fault he has a range of different cures that he explains with precision and clarity”. – Golf Monthly Magazine
“Kevin has the very rare ability to explain the nuances of the golf swing in simple, understandable terms. He is extremely inspirational and makes you wantto improve.” – Bunkered Magazine“Kevin combines the vast knowledge of one of the world’s leading coaches with simplicity – an unbeatable mix for the eager to learn.” “Kevin does the impossible – he makes golf simple.” – Daily Record Newspaper
We then have four POD leaders who have a maximum responsibility for twenty-four students in their POD, and are assisted by at least one senior golf coach. With our morning and afternoon golf schedules, we manage the ratio of golf coach to student to no more than 8:1 when in a group setting, and often 2:1 or 1:1 for part of the training. The POD leaders have at least 10 years of coaching experience:
- David Louys-Moroney
- Manuel Bermudez
- Nate Dougherty
- Nick Duffy
The senior golf coaches also have an average of over 10 years of coaching experience:
- Drake Edmond
- Keegan Fennessey
- Scott Shaffer
The golf coaching team are rounded out by the Sports Psychology/Mental Performance and Athletic Development responsibilities by outstanding directors:
- Dr. Fran Pirizzolo, Sports Psychology
- Paul Dewland, Mental Performance
- Pat Etcheberry, Athletic Development
- Karen Harrison, Athletic Development and Nutrition
- Justin Smith, Athletic Development
Management / Organization
Led by Kevin Craggs.
The many responsibilities he oversees include:
- College Counseling and Placement
- Tournament Strategy and Implementation
- Data and Measurement
- Client Reporting
- Daily Scheduling
- Facility Management
- Social Media
- Membership and Visiting Country / College Teams
Bishops Gate Golf Academy coaching staff boasts an unrivaled combination of experience and success. Not only do we have an outstanding track record in junior golf development, but our coaches have also achieved success with players at all levels of the game. We know what it takes to train Major winners, USGA champions, NCAA Champions and AJGA Players of the Year. Most importantly, the coaches at BGGA are passionate about transmitting that same knowledge and experience to the students at our academy.
Scott Shaffer is an expert on Trackman and 3D Biomechanics and has spent time with BGGA Advisory Board member Dr. Rob Neal honing his expertise. He has a fluid approach to teaching and finds ways to adapt his style and information to suit the student.
- FCWT 1st Team All-Americans
- 2 FCWT Player of the Year awarded
- 100% College Placement Rate
- Florida State
- University of Georgia
- University of Arkansas
- Coastal Carolina
- University of Central Florida
- Denver University
- And many more
David is the cosmopolitan of the BGGA team with 16 years teaching experience from nine countries around the world. David brings his knowledge and unerring work ethic to BGGA and these qualities have quickly established him as a popular and valued member of the team.
- New Zealand Professionals Golfers Apprecticeship, 1997
- Professional, Australian Sunshine Circuit
- National Development Coach, Slovenia
- Director, David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Turkey and South Korea
- Senior Coach, England and Ireland
- 4 KLPGA wins
- Yun Ji ChO, won the 2010 KLPGA Rookie of the Year
Nate Dougherty is at the forefront of golf technology at BGGA. His knowledge and enthusiasm has been inspiring for the BGGA team and this has cemented the use of technology to support the progress of students. As an evidence-based coach, Nate combines his competitive and professional experiences to create a training environment that enables players to maximize learning and skill development.
- Certification from Dr. Rob Neal and Jim McLean of BioDynamics
- Golf BioDynamics, Trump Doral
- Senior Coach, IJGA
Manual Bermudez has made his mark on the game of golf as a coach. He has coached multiple AJGA Junior Rolex All-Americans, a U.S. Women’s Amateur Publix Champion as well as National Teams players for Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Taiwan. His students have gone on to some of the best college programs in the country including Baylor, University of Georgia, Auburn, Oklahoma, University of Arkansas and more.
Former Director of Golf at BGGA La Loma and Tianama Junior Golf Academy, Manuel’s coaching philosophy is simple: find what is stopping you from reaching your potential and work to improve it. Manuel believes that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard
- Attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a golf scholarship where he majored in International business.
- TPI Level II Junior certified
- TPI Level II Fitness certified
- TPI Level II golf coach certified
- Flifgscoup certified
- SamLab Putting level II certified
- K-vest level III certified
- Extended training at the K-Vest lab
- Attending Dr.Kwon Biomechanics seminars level I and II
- Director of golf at BGGA La Loma
- Director of golf of Tianama Junior Golf Academy
- Ran and organized clinics in different countries such as Colombia, Cayman island, China, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Taiwan.
- Organized and ran assessment and training programs in countries such as; Taiwan, Ecuador, Argentina and Colombia.
- Guess speaker for the R&A at the annual coaches seminar in Latin America two years in a row
- Coached multiple AJGA Junior Rolex All-American
- Coached a US Women’s Amateur Publix championship
- Coached players into their respective national teams ( Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Taiwan)
- Coached over 50 wins in different junior tours including AJGA and other international events
- Coached multiple winners of the South American Junior championship
- Coached players into some of the best college programs in the country such as Baylor, University of Georgia, Auburn, Oklahoma, University of Arkansas and others.
Drake Edmond’s love for the game, competitive nature playing the game and commitment to self-improvement was something he wanted to share with golfers of all levels. Drake is proficient in utilizing Sam Putt Lab, Trackman, force plates and V1 analysis. Through his calm, supportive demeanor, Drake develops each player to have confidence in themselves and the resilience needed to be a top junior golfer.
- Golf Management degree, Professional Golfer’s Career College
- Instructor, David Leadbetter Golf Academy
- Instructor, Nike Golf Camps
- Rookie of the Year
- LaPorte Herald Argus Golfer of the Year
- 3x DAC All-conference Player of the Year
- 2x MVP
- State finalist
With BGGA since 2016
Hometown Kissimmee, FL
Nick Duffy brings a passion for teaching and years of playing experience to BGGA
- Northwood University
- PGA Class “A”
- TPI Level 2 Golf
- Penn State Bio Mechanics Course
- Swing Catalyst Level 2
- Flight Scope Certified
- Bear Lakes Country Club 1st Assistant Professional
- Country Club of Landfall Assistant Professional
- Head Coach, Core Academy
- Coach, GGGA
- Professional, Hooters, Golden Bear, and Gateways Tours
- 3x Played in NAIA National Championships
- ’99 U.S. Junior Championship qualifier
- ’98 U.S. Junior Championship qualifier
- AJGA Champions
- AJGA All American
- PGA Tour Latin America
- Major Championships Qualifiers
Keegan Fennessy joins BGGA with 20 years of competitive experience. Keegan began teaching more than 10 years ago and has five years of academy coaching experience. He’s taught players of all skill levels from beginners to professionals, including multiple AJGA champions.
- Professional, NGA Hooter Tour (2009-2011)
- USGA State Team Championship, Maine (2009)
- U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifier (2006)
- High School State Champion (2005)
Master Club-Maker/Fitter and Assistant Coach
With BGGA since 2013
Kris Sirak brings his strong passion for the art of Custom Club-Making and enjoyment of working with junior golfers to BGGA. Kris has been named a Certified Custom Club-Fitter by all of the following companies: Titleist, Ping, TaylorMade, Mizuno, Callaway, Cobra, Fourteen, Tour Edge, OBAN, Fujikura, Matrix and PXG.
- Certifications from:
- San Diego Golf Academy Golf Properties Management
- Trackman University (Certified Level 2 Professional)
- Flightscope Academy (Certified Professional)
- SAM Putt-lab Certified Instructor/Fitter
- Golfsmith International GCA (Certified Master Club-Maker)
- Certified Mitchell Club-Maker and Equipment Partner.
- Competed in Maxfli Junior PGA Championship at PGA National Golf Club
PROFESSIONALS WORKED WITH
- Morgan Hoffmann
- Yani Tseng
- Charles Howell III
- D.A. Points
- Suzann Pettersen
- Shanshan Feng
- Na Yeon Choi
- Amy Yang
- To name a few…
Director of Health and Athletic Development
Director of Health and Athletic Development
With BGGA since 2015
Karen Harrison has an eye for detail and this is reflected in the meticulous fitness assessments and improvement plans created for BGGA students. Originally trained as a podiatrist, Karen studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, then at the University of Queensland to obtain a Post-Graduate Degree in Exercise Science (majoring in Biomechanics). In 2004, Golf BioDynamics (GBD), the company jointly owned with husband Dr. Robert Neal, re-located to The Jim McLean Golf School in Miami, Florida (USA). Over the next decade, Karen further developed her golf skills, specializing in swing analysis, becoming proficient in BioFeedback Training and providing physical training programs for golfers of all abilities. In 2014/2015, Karen assumed the role as Director of Health and Athletic Development with the IJGA team in Hilton Head (SC) joining the BGGA team in 2015. The fitness program delivered alongside Performance Specialist Justin Smith, is of the highest quality and challenges our students to reach their athletic potential. Karen also has extensive experience in managing overuse injuries and recently completed a prestigious qualification in Sports Nutrition through the International Olympic Committee.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach
With BGGA since 2014
Justin Smith has been a Performance Specialist since 2009, working under world-renowned Strength and Conditioning coach Pat Etcheberry in the Orlando, Fla. area. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Kentucky (UK), as well as completing an internship in the Strength and Conditioning Department. While at UK, Justin was a diver on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team and an SEC finalist on multiple occasions. Drawing from his own athletic career, Justin brings a wealth of experience, intensity and discipline to all of the athletes he coaches. He has worked with both developing and high-level athletes in multiple sports, including PGA Tour Pros and MLB All-Stars. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Justin is certified through the NSCA.
Mental Performance Coach
Mental Performance Coach
Paul Dewland joins BGGA this year as the Mental Performance Coach and brings more than 20 years of performance coaching to our student-athletes. Paul has experience working with players from the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Ryder Cup team members, Web.com Tour, Champions Tour, Symetra Tour, European Senior Tour, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Latino America and several other professional tours. He also has worked with top level amateurs including several National Amateur Champions, Division I and II college players and two National Golf Teams. Paul is a Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (INLPTA).