Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sean Foley, Eagles Dream Golf Academy Announce The Foley Performance Academy at Eagles Dream

(LAKE MARY, FL) - World-renowned golf instructor Sean Foley and Eagles Dream Golf Academy have announced the formation of the Foley Performance Academy at Eagles Dream.

While Foley is well known for his work with professional golfers such as Justin Rose and Tiger Woods, this is the first golf school to carry his name. Foley is a Canadian-born instructor who is one of Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers in America.

EaglesDream Golf Academy, based at Timacuan Golf & Country Club in Lake Mary, FL, is a full-time residential program that offers training to all levels of golfers.  The main focus is providing junior golfers a unique opportunity to develop big match temperament through elite golf training with world-class academics.

EaglesDream has a proven track record in preparing junior golfers for success in golf, college, business, and life.

"This is a terrific opportunity," Foley says. "I've worked with junior golfers for decades, and it has always been a major focus on my career. But my time on the PGA Tour made it difficult to do as much as I wanted to help kids reach their full potential. I'm still going to work with my professional clients, but when I was approached about doing this, I felt it was the right time in my career to really spend more time working with the next generations of great golfers."

Foley says this opportunity was presented to him by EaglesDream founders Jack and Claire Zhang. The husband-and-wife team first opened the boarding school at the course they own — Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary — primarily to help promising Chinese junior golfers come to America and continue developing. Several of their former students have either committed to, or are playing for, Division I college golf teams.

The new academy will have an even more "global" enrollment, Foley says, likely including kids born in the U.S. and his native Canada. "It will remain small in terms of the total number of students," he adds. "We want to preserve the quality of interactions between the instructors and students."

Jack Zhang agrees: "Sean’s ability to closely connect with students on a soulful level, beyond just swing mechanics, is part of the great value he brings to this endeavor," he says. "Through this unique partnership, we hope to grow the game around the world."

The Foley Performance Academy at Eagles Dream will officially begin operations on January 1, 2017.

Timacuan Golf & Country Club, a semi-private facility opened in 1988, is a favorite choice for tournament directors nationally and locally. Timacuan has received rave reviews from the many PGA and LPGA Tour players who have competed in the $10,000 Timacuan Scramble during PGA Merchandise Show week each January.

“I really enjoyed the golf course,” said Graeme McDowell, the Irishman who won the U.S. Open in 2010. “It is a great layout with a links-like feel to it. It can be testy in places if you get off the beaten path, but it is a very fair course. And it is in great condition.”

Said LPGA Tour star Brittany Lincicome, “This is a terrific golf course. It is a good test of golf. You have to be able to move the ball around to be successful here.”

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