GGGA In the News
by Tom Goldman, NPR
Aug. 26, 2011
The world's top female golfers are battling it out in Mirabel, Quebec, this week at the Canadian Women's Open. In the field is a powerful yet little-known player: world No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan.
by Matthew Sullivan, Patch.com
Aug. 18, 2011
It’s not only a road less traveled, but one chock full of obstacles as well. Indeed, the journey from Wyckoff, New Jersey—or any town in the Northeast—to the PGA Tour is one not easily negotiated. From the time he was barely a teenager, Morgan Hoffmann knew it was going to require drastic steps.
by Mick Elliott, ESPNW
Aug. 1, 2011
How swiftly women's golf has changed. From a cloud of uncertainty and threat of blandness after the successive retirements of headliners Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa to something special and historic in one smile flat.
by Jeff DiVeronica, DemocratAndChronicle.com
One person may have had a better week at Locust Hill Country Club than Yani Tseng, the Wegmans LPGA Championship's runaway winner.
That would be her coach, Gary Gilchrist, a 46-year-old from South Africa who also coaches tournament runner-up Morgan Pressel.
by Jeff Shaine, Orlando Sentinel
Yani Tseng has this habit of smiling when she's nervous. She smiles when she's happy, too.
"The people don't know which one I am," the LPGA's No.1 player said with, well, a smile. "It makes me feel very relaxed. I think if I smile more, people will enjoy watching me."
When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you, and it eases the sting on those you've just dusted on the golf course.
by Gary Gilchrist for Golf.com
WHO: Yani Tseng
WHAT: Drives into the fairway
WHERE: 509-yard par-5 11th and 387-yard par-4 18th holes at Locust Hill Country Club
WHEN: Final round of the Wegman's LPGA Championship When fairways are tight, like they were at Locust Hill, Yani uses a special shot that still goes a long way but is especially accurate...
by Frank Jolley, The Daily Commericial
On the biggest stage in junior golf, who better than a veteran to take the season-ending championship?
Monifa Sealy, a senior in the full-time junior program at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy at Montverde Academy and the Mission Inn Resort, sealed the deal on her second win of the year with an even-par 72 Monday at the Future Collegians World Tour National Championship Monday at the PGA National Golf Club in Winter Garden.
Melwood is hardly a Reach
Nicholas Reach is a 19-year-old amateur, a week removed from high school, but don't expect him to feel pressure when he tees up Thursday in the opening round of the Melwood Prince George's County Open.
Three years ago as the fourth youngest player in a Nationwide Tour event, Reach shot an opening-round 67 in the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Reach received a sponsor's exemption into the event in his hometown, Moscow, Pa., but proved he belonged with his 3-under-par debut, which earned him another invitation in 2009.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/sports/2011/05/melwood-hardly-reach#ixzz1O8WF2B4m
Yani Tseng getting used to being atop LPGA Tour
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Yani Tseng was such a big Annika Sorenstam fan growing up that she now lives in the house Sorenstam used to own in the Lake Nona section of Orlando, Fla.
One day, Sorenstam stopped by and offered some advice that helped Tseng also feel at home as the world's top-ranked female golfer.
Reach's victory will be recapped on broadcast before final round of Colonial
When Moscow's Nicholas Reach sits down to watch himself at the Junior Invitational he won last month, it won't be to revel in the moment.
"For me, it's like a quarterback watching a game film," said Reach from Orlando, where he will graduate Saturday from the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. "Tom Brady watches film over and over and over again. I won't be watching to relish in the moment. It will be a learning process."
Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/reach-s-victory-will-be-recapped-on-broadcast-before-final-round-of-colonial-1.1147160#ixzz1O8VH2U7p
by Trinidad Express Newspapers
Trinidad and Tobago junior golfer Monifa Sealy continues to show her worth on the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT), picking up the FCWT National Championship on Monday in the United States.
His Reach for stardom
Nicholas Reach may not have even started college yet.But the soon to be 19-year-old Moscow resident will likely get more air time than Tiger Woods during CBS’s coverage of the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 22.
Prior to the Colonial, the network plans to air an hour long special on the inaugural Junior Invitation at Sage Valley Golf Club in Grantville, Ga.
Moscow's Reach captures Junior Invitational title in Georgia
For two days, Nicholas Reach dominated the competition at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Grantville, Ga.
And while he did not go as low Friday in the tournament's final round as he had in the previous 36 holes, his 4-under 68 was good enough to lock up the championship.
Reach, of Moscow, finished the 54-hole tournament at 20-under par, eight strokes better than second-place finisher Patrick Rodgers.
Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/moscow-s-reach-captures-junior-invitational-title-in-georgia-1.1136679#ixzz1KeZAymcL
Pennsylvanian holds lead after stellar 66
GRANITEVILLE --- Nicholas Reach didn't have any trouble following up his record-tying round in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.
All the 18-year-old Pennsylvania native and Florida resident did was shoot 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to extend his lead from five to six heading into today's final round.
Tseng On Target
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Yani Tseng faced a formidable test before she even teed off at the Kia Classic last week.
Her swing coach saw the challenge when he first spotted Tseng’s caddie at Industry Hills.
The caddie couldn’t have stood out more if he were wearing a bulls-eye.
Top-ranked Tseng ready to defend Kraft title
ORLANDO, Fla. – Yani Tseng helped carry the camera gear into the center of The Mall at Millenia. “Who are we shooting today?” she asked, a hint of mischief in her laugh. Tseng stood where Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny have delighted children during packed holiday seasons, gamely posing in the most highly trafficked section of the upscale mall.
Junior Blog: Reflecting on Puerto Rico win
When I went to Puerto Rico at the beginning of the year to play in the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open, I knew there was a PGA Tour tournament exemption on the line for the winner, but didn’t really give it much thought.
I had been working on my game for most of the fall and had been home to South Africa for Christmas where I just had fun playing golf with family and friends.
The Hottest Player in the World
Who's the hottest player in the world RIGHT NOW? It's not Luke Donald. It's not Martin Kaymer. It's not Bubba Watson. It's not Mark Wilson. It's not Lee Westwood. It's not Phil Mickelson. It's not Matt Kuchar. It's not even Bernhard Langer.
You're looking at the wrong tours.
Taiwan's Yani Tseng world's 'hottest' player: Golf Digest
Yani Tseng of Taiwan has emerged as the hottest golf player in the world right now after tightening her hold on the Rolex world No. 1 ranking, according to an article posted on Golf Digest's website.
5 Things: Why Tseng is dominating the world
Five reasons why Yani Tseng is No. 1, according to her swing coach Gary Gilchrist.
Tseng holds off Wie to win
World number one Yani Tseng of Taiwan, who is coached by South African Gary Gilchrist, shot a six-under-par 66 to seal a five-stroke victory over Michelle Wie at the season-opening LPGA Thailand tournament on Sunday.
AUDIO: Gary Gilchrist Interview of the Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" Program
Golf instructor Gary Gilchrist is in the Morning Drive studio to chat with Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams about Yani Tseng's impressive play this season and her rise to number one.
Yani Tseng - New World #1
It’s been about a year since Yani first came to Mission Inn Golf Resort just outside Orlando to see someone who has a great reputation on the LPGA tour for producing winners. His name is Gary Gilchrist and you won’t find this name on a top 100 list, or standing next to a player on the PGA tour, but if you attend an LPGA or Junior Golf major event, you’ll most likely find him following a future star.
Gilchrist Academy golfer earns berth in PGA Tour event
Tiger Woods is a graduate of the American Junior Golf Association.
Jason Roets is using the tutelage he received from the Lake County-based Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy to become the AJGA's next prodigy.
Roets earned a berth in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open in March on the Trump International Golf Club-Championship Court in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The 17-year-old South African will compete for $3.5-million in total prize money against touring professionals on the par 72, 7,198-yard layout.
Roets earns invite to Puerto Rico Open
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Jason Roets of South Africa survived a sudden-death playoff Monday to win the inaugural Puerto Rico Junior Open, while Monifa Sealy of Trinidad & Tobago won the Girls Division at Trump International Golf Club’s Championship Course.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Trump International Golf Club – Championship Course, the Puerto Rico Junior Open was a 54-hole stroke play competition. The field featured 78 juniors from 17 countries and 15 U. S. states, as well as 10 players from Puerto Rico. The par-72 Championship Course played to 7,198 yards for the boys and 6,087 yards for the girls.
T&T's Sealy wins Puerto Rican Open
Trinidad and Tobago's female Golfer of the Year Monifa Sealy got off to a great start for 2011, taking the Girls Division title in the AJGA Puerto Rico Open on Monday.
Sealy, who is currently studying at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Orlando, Florida, went wire-to-wire for her first AJGA win Monday, finishing at 2-over-par 218.
Gilchrist Academy pupil earns PGA Tour start
Winning is winning, but some tournaments bring better perks – and Jason Roets picked the right time to snap a yearlong winless drought.
Roets, a junior at Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-Hills, can put the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open on his schedule after his playoff victory at the tournament's Junior Open held last weekend.
Roets wins AJGA Puerto Rico, earns Tour start
Jason Roets of South Africa prevailed in a playoff Monday in the AJGA’s season-opening Puerto Rico Junior Open, earning an exemption into the PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico in March.
“It’s a dream come true early for me,” Roets said. “I’d have never dreamed of it before, but now that it’s happening, I’m ready for the Tour event.”
Eric Edwards Leads The Boys Division At The Rolex Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star Event
The Rolex Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star event, designed for girls & boys in the age group 12-15, is one of the 10 events held under the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. This event has been designed to create young golfers, who can use it as a platform to launch their career in the AJGA Open tournaments. The Junior All-Star Series ends with the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational on Columbus Day for winners & top finishers.
GolfWEEK Number Crunching - Reilley Rankin
Reilley Rankin has an incredibly strong mind. No one battles back from a near-paralyzing back injury to play professional golf without extraordinary will.
Yet, confidence is exactly what has held Rankin back the last several years, and she considers the mental hurdle she now faces even tougher than the physical one she faced as a University of Georgia standout after jumping off a rock into an Alabama lake.
Pressel bids to win with Gilchrist's help
Morgan Pressel’s going for her fourth worldwide title, her second in Japan this year, but her first with a new swing coach on her team.
Pressel, 22, began working with Gary Gilchrist six weeks ago after working with Adam Schriber the last two years. She left her long-time swing coach, Martin Hall, in great measure to find more power with Schriber late in the summer of ’08. She's trying to find something more intangible with Gilchrist.
Morgan Pressel looking for a bigger year on LPGA Tour in 2011
BOCA RATON — Morgan Pressel is just 22, but wonders where all the time has gone.
It's been five years - yes, five - since she joined the LPGA Tour after a stunning amateur career in which she played in the U.S. Women's Open as a 12-year-old and finished second in the 2005 Open at 17.
ESPN - Yani Tseng deserves serious accolades
Let's pretend for a minute that each of the world's major professional tours annually banded together to honor one individual as the Global Golfer of the Year.
Come to think of it, this isn't such a bad idea. In a December month already saturated with announcements of season-ending accolades, at least this would be a major declaration, worthy of 19th hole debates from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
Well, if such an award did exist, this year's winner might surprise you.