Why should I attend the Wildcat Golf Academy? The Wildcat Golf Academy is a year-round program geared toward highly motivated and competitive junior golfers who have the desire to compete at the highest level, locally, regionally and nationally. Co-founders Pat Goss and Jeff Mory will utilize the same coaching strategies and principles that they used in building their successful college programs at Northwestern University.
These programs have produced seven individual Big Ten Championships (Scott Rowe, 1995; Jonathan Loosemore, 1996; Luke Donald, 2000 and 2001; Chris Wilson, 2006; Eric Chun, 2009; David Lipsky, 2010), four Big Ten titles (1999-2001, 2006), and seven top-30 NCAA national finishes.
Goss is the coach for Luke Donald, who earned the world’s No. 1 ranking in June 2011 in the Official World Golf Ranking and was the NCAA collegiate champion in 1999. Many of his other former players are competing on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, European Tour, Canadian Tour, Challenge Tour, NGA Hooters Tour and the Gateway Tour. Mory’s current roster of golf students are competing at Big Ten, Big East and Pac-10 schools. Additionally, Goss and Mory have hand-picked a staff that have an incredible amount of experience, and who share their passion and philosophies for teaching junior golfers.
What level of player is WGA suited for? The Wildcat Golf Academy is divided into three separate levels, Wildcat Juniors, Wildcat Academy and the Wildcat Elite Club. All golfers must have taken previous lessons and have a knowledge of golf prior to registering for the WGA.
The Wildcat Juniors is a specialized teaching program for aspiring young golfers, ages 10 and up, who are interested in learning how to develop their golf game. The program will focus on skill development, while allowing young golfers to explore the opportunities in competitive golf. Our staff will develop structured practice sessions that provide coaching and guidance on core fundamentals, swing technique, short-game proficiency, fitness, and mental training skills.
The Wildcat Academy is a specialized coaching program for aspiring golfers who want to play competitively on the AJGA and/or IJGA circuits, in high school and beyond. A high level of commitment is expected for those enrolled in the Academy group. The Academy group is designed for golfers in 5th grade and older.
The Wildcat Elite is an intense, specialized training program for a select group of players who show the potential to compete at the highest level of golf. Players will either be selected by Pat Goss, Jeff Mory and the WGA staff or will be based on a try out and tournament resume. Golf must be the participant’s primary athletic focus.
What is the curriculum of the Wildcat Golf Academy? The WGA curriculum is designed with a focus on coaching, practice, and training, which includes fundamental development in all areas of the game: full swing, short game proficiency, putting, bunker play, course management and mental techniques. There will always be a 5:1 golfer to instructor ratio at each session. Click here for further information on the Wildcat Golf Academy curriculum.
What type of privileges come with an Academy membership?
• One-on-one instruction
• Practice techniques
• Guidance on the college recruitment process and tournament participation
• Equipment and club fitting options with a 10% discount off of Taylormade products (discount is taken from wholesale prices)
• A fitness and training program created by TPI professional Cory Puyear for the Academy and Elite groups
• Access to world-class facilities, The Gleacher Center and Trienens Hall at Northwestern University and the Luke Donald Outdoor Practice Facility at the Glen Club
• Opportunity to use V1 Golf Video Analysis, and the most current in launch monitor technology Trackman.
Is there equipment available to purchase?
As a member of the Wildcat Golf Academy, you will have the opportunity to be custom fit for Taylormade golf equipment. Additionally, this product is offered at a 10% over wholesale prices.
What is the Wildcat Golf Academy Payment Policy? Prior to the start of the first day of practice, the session fee and annual NCAA membership fee must be paid, and the online registration form must be filled out. If all three of these aren’t completed, your son/daughter cannot start practice. You can complete the above three steps on our website at www.wildcatgolfacademy.com. Per NCAA rules, there is a $75 annual membership fee. Session fees vary and will be established prior to each session. Private lessons cannot be exchanged for practices that have been missed.
Can I sign up for a single practice date? Golfers must register for an entire session and complete it within the time frame of that session. You can not sign up for single practice dates.
If I don’t use all my practice dates in a session, can I carry them over to the next session? Unfortunately you cannot transfer practice dates from one session to the next. The only exception is if an injury prevents you from being able to finish the session.
Cancellation Policy for Private Lessons and Strength and Conditioning Sessions? There is a 24 hour cancellation policy for all private lessons and strength and conditioning sessions. If you don’t cancel within 24 hours of either one of these lessons, you will NOT be able to make them up. The only exception is if an injury or illness causes you to cancel.
What happens if practice is at The Glen Club and there is inclement weather? If there is inclement weather and practice needs to be canceled or moved to the Gleacher Center, an email and text will be sent to all registered members no later than an hour prior to the start of practice.
Where are the Elite group’s strength and conditioning sessions held? The Elite group’s strength and conditioning sessions are held at Fitness Defined, 3942 Church Street, Evanston, IL.
How do I contact the Wildcat Golf Academy?
You can contact the Wildcat Golf Academy by calling or emailing Lisa Jones at:
Phone: (773) 771-3178