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Brookwater's new Elite Academy to open

The pathway to a successful golfing career has just been made easier for young Queenslanders, with the announcement of a new Elite Development Golf Academy set to open at Brookwater Golf & Country Club in January 2012.

Developed by PGA professional and coach-of-champions Ian Triggs, Junior Golf Development Coach Jay Simpson, sports scientist Michael Dalgleish and golf athletic development coaches Brad Pillette-Hughes and Richard Nizielski, the Elite Development Golf Academy (EDGA) at Brookwater will provide the latest in golf development methods for all players "“ from beginners to visiting tour professionals.

Mr Triggs, who has been coaching since 1978, said the EDGA at Brookwater will be one of the only professional development programs in Australia, and is specifically designed to link both technical and physical development into one coaching program.

"The EDGA at Brookwater will use an effective combination of both technical and physical development techniques, which has proven to be successful for some of the world's best players," Mr Triggs said.

"Having developed young players from beginners to a world-class touring professional level for more than 30 years, I am convinced that having a body that is balanced and can move efficiently underpins long-term technical development.

"Young players must know their bodies and work at developing their movement skill deficits," Mr Triggs said.

Golf physiotherapist and sports scientist Michael Dalgleish said professional golf development had changed dramatically over the years; with coaches now looking to a variety of training techniques to adequately develop future golf champions.

"You only have to look at the players on the professional circuit to see just how much elite golf development has changed in the last 15 years," Mr Dalgleish said.

"Now, it is absolutely essential for young players to have access to long-term elite technical development programs combined with 3D kinematics, golf physiotherapy screening, fundamental movement skill-assessment programs and golf-specific athletic development," Mr Dalgleish said.

The EDGA at Brookwater will launch in January 2012 with a series of technical and athletic development camps, aimed at young beginners, advanced beginners and young players with a club handicap.

Mr Triggs said the camps will aim to engage and challenge the participants "“ who will all be between the ages of 6 and 17 "“ with a healthy dose of fun and competitive activities.

"The EDGA summer camps have been designed to be memorable, enjoyable and educational "“ with each player treated to world-class coaching tailored to their level," Mr Triggs said.

"The academy will also provide a support network for Queensland's regional junior players who often miss out because of their geographical isolation.

"These camps will allow regional players the opportunity to attend camps which will be run during school holidays and around Greg Normal Junior Golf Foundation competition events," Mr Triggs said.

The Brookwater Golf & Country Club is fully-equipped with Industry-leading coaching facilities, with Ian Triggs and his team providing clinics and lessons to golfers of all ages and experience.

Brookwater is a premier golf residential community built around the Greg Norman-designed Golf Club and is part of Springfield Land Corporation's Greater Springfield.

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