Jonathan Yarwood Joins Bishops Gate Academy

Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) located in Howey in the Hills, Florida announced the addition of Jonathan Yarwood as the Director of Performance. Yarwood will be overseeing the training program and the development of the Academy’s coaching team. “I am looking forward to having Jonathan on the BGGA team,” stated Lee Anne Gilchrist, Chief Executive Officer of Bishops Gate Golf Academy. “His many years of coaching top-tier junior golfers will bring a new depth of experience to our program. It is our alignment of values and purpose, however, which excites me the most. Changing the academy model and ethos to create more college ready players is what we are all about.”

Jonathan has spent his previous career traveling the world coaching elite players while still teaching golfers of all standards and abilities. He is one of the most successful coaches in terms of the breadth of his achievements which include:

  • One US OPEN Champion-2005- Michael Campbell at Pinehurst, defeating Tiger by 2 strokes.
  • Two US Amateur Champions
  • Two US Girls Champions
  • 3 American Junior Golf Association Players of the Year
  • 4 US #1 Juniors
  • 123 junior national & international wins

Starting his teaching career as a PGA assistant in England, he came to the US in1996 to join the IMG/David Leadbetter Golf Academies in Florida. Jonathan spent 9 years with Leadbetter. When the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Sarasota opened its Tm Fazio designed Members Club, Yarwood became the Director of Instruction. Additionally he has built and developed coaching academies in the United Kingdom , Europe and US. I met Jonathan at the Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus designed Concession Golf Club where he had his own golf school and was personal instructor to Byeong-Hun An, the youngest man to win the US Amateur.

Yarwood has been voted a “Top 20 Teacher under 40” by Golf Digest and “Top Teacher in the State Rankings” for Florida for the past 10 years. The UK PGA also honored him in 2011 with Master Professional status making him the youngest to hold that title. Other Masters include David Leadbetter, Pete Cowan and John Jacobs.

A Bit About Bishops Gate:
The Bishops Gate Golf Academy’s mission is to create a new generation of student-athletes who are highly skilled, self-directed, feel their passion and know their purpose, allowing them the freedom to achieve greatness in their lives and make a difference in the world. Creating a sense of autonomy and self sufficiency through great coaching is what gives students the best tools and preparations for their college careers and beyond.

Under the direction of Zach Parker, Director of Golf, Jonathan and their qualified staff, there will be an emphasis on mental training and fitness. BGGA is a first class golf training facility, located in Lake County, just north of Orlando, and has a partnership with the prestigious Monteverde
Academy nearby. They offer full-time junior and player development programs, along with summer and winter camps and private lessons. Bishops Gate Golf Academy is changing the game when it comes to junior player development. For more information you can visit or call 855-378-8177.

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Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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