Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy offers a postgraduate program that is designed to prepare players for playing collegiate golf and beyond. Our program gives individuals, 17 and older, one extra year to improve their golf game in order to compete effectively on the collegiate level without losing a year of eligibility. The program consists of ten months of intense training that focuses on golf instruction of 39+ hours per week, sports psychology, and fitness instruction. Since our postgraduate students typically come to us to improve their game before playing college golf, there is a special emphasis placed on the transition to the collegiate level.
Postgraduate student, Michelle Dolder, said that she decided to do the postgraduate program because it allowed her to put all of her effort and focus on just golf. Dolder spent her highschool years working extremely hard on her academics, which didn’t leave much time to focus on playing golf.
“In Switzerland, a gap year between highschool and college is pretty common,” said Dolder. “Most people use the year to travel or work, but I wanted to use it to improve my golf skills. The way I see it, I have my whole life to work or travel, but with golf there is a peak period for my performance and I wanted to take advantage of that. I knew that by coming to the academy I would have a better chance of playing college golf and adapting to the competitive atmosphere. Prior to my postgraduate year, I wasn’t used to playing in difficult conditions. However in our tournaments, we have to learn to play under pressure and how to mentally prepare for that type of competition.”
Most of the students that come to the academy for the post graduate program, are ones who haven’t previously had the opportunity to focus on golf, but know they would like to play in college. According to Dolder’s coach, Dan Hadden, the postgraduate program has allowed her to “catch up,” by making golf her only priority.
“Michelle has always made school her main focus, as she should, but with that sacrifice it led to her getting behind in golf. The program allows her to get a better perspective on the time and effort that will be expected of her when playing collegiate golf and allows her to become more adapted to that. We want her to be able to easily transition back to balancing golf and school, and know the time and commitment requirements that she will face in this collegiate sport.”
Although our program is designed for students to improve their golf skills and transition into collegiate athletes, they are also learning valuable life skills, as they are transitioning into young adults.
“Not only have I grown as a golfer but also as an adult,” said Dolder. I am an only child so I wasn’t used living with other people and having to share space. Now, it’s like I have multiple siblings that I have to accommodate with, which has taught me a lot about my own character. Because we are from all over the world, I have had the opportunity to learn so much about different cultures and form lifelong friendships.”