Theresa Ann Jedra and Luke Janci along with other juniors from around the country were on site for the Ryder Cup Junior Academy, which ran July 1-8, 2012. They participated in a full week of golf instruction and Ryder Cup-style match play.
The Academy, developed in response to recommendations made by past United States Ryder Cup Captains, was designed to provide aspiring junior golfers, an elite player-development experience with focus on competing in match-play and stroke-play formats.
As part of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup Team’s outreach commitment, which has already impacted U.S-based organizations and students at colleges and universities nationwide, the team designated $50,000 each to create and support the Ryder Cup Junior Academy.
Throughout the week, the junior participants worked on all aspects of golf, including full-swing, chipping, putting, iron play, club fitting and course management. They learned about specific strategies when competing in match play formats.
Each of the 41 PGA Sections nationwide were given the opportunity to nominate one boy and one girl each, with the remainder of the juniors selected through an at-large process. Also receiving invitations were boy and girl participants from the Notah Begay III Foundation, Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, Bill Dickey Scholarship Association, Pan-American Golf Association, and the AJGA Ace Grant Program.