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The Highlight Reel - 1/21/24




JAGA Expansion: JAGA’s Partnership with ITC Classic Golf Resort in India


We are thrilled to unveil a monumental stride in JAGA's journey – our partnership with the prestigious ITC Classic Golf Resort in India. Starting from the 2024-25 academic year, JAGA students will have the unique privilege of honing their golfing skills on the only tour-approved course in India, a venue that has played host to the Asian Tour and stands as one of the country's premier golfing destinations.


A Pinnacle of Excellence: ITC Classic Golf Resort


Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of India, the ITC Classic Golf Resort is renowned as a beacon of excellence in the golfing world. Recognized for its immaculate design and hosting prowess, this tour-approved course offers our students an unparalleled environment to refine their craft. The partnership with ITC Classic aligns seamlessly with JAGA's commitment to providing world-class facilities that empower our students both academically and athletically.


Expanding Horizons: Four New Campuses


This collaboration with ITC Classic is just one facet of JAGA's ambitious expansion plans for the upcoming academic year. Alongside our esteemed partner in India, we are excited to introduce three additional campuses:


Blainville, Le Blainvillier: A new frontier in Canada that promises to be a hub of academic and golfing excellence.


Long-An, West Lakes Golf & Villas: Nestled within the renowned West Lakes Golf Club in Vietnam, this campus is set to become a haven for golf enthusiasts.


Al-Ain, Al-Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club: In the heart of the UAE, our Al-Ain campus marks a strategic move towards advancing golf development in the region.


These additions complement our already thriving campus in Thailand, creating a network of educational institutions that fuse academic rigor with the artistry of golf.




JAGA Expansion Pt. 2: Partnership with EGF


At a momentous press conference convened at 3:00 pm Gulf Standard Time on Saturday, Junior Asian Golf Academy (JAGA) proudly revealed its strategic partnership with the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF). The announcement, attended by key figures including John Laroche, General Abdullah Al Hashmi, and Adesh Gawde, symbolizes a dynamic collaboration aimed at elevating junior, amateur, and professional golf not only in the UAE but also across the broader Middle East and North Africa region.


The partnership between JAGA and EGF sets the stage for transformative initiatives, focusing on both local and international student-athletes and coaches. Together, we embark on a journey to redefine golf development in the region.


1) JAGA @ UAE Golf Academy: Nurturing Golf Talent


A pivotal initiative involves the establishment and management of the JAGA@UAE Golf Academy. This dedicated space, set to be established in one or more locations over time, will serve as a hub for nurturing and honing the skills of aspiring golf talents.


2) JAGA-EGF Junior/Amateur Order of Merit: Fostering Healthy Competition


In a bid to foster healthy competition and skill development, JAGA and EGF will co-host and co-create the JAGA-EGF Junior/Amateur Order of Merit. This exciting collaboration will feature six local World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) events.


3) JAGA-EGF International College Showcase: Opening Doors to Opportunities


Another major initiative is the collaborative hosting of the JAGA-EGF International College Showcase. This event will bring together coaches and recruiters from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America.



JAGA Coaching Summit: Shaping the Future


This week marks a pivotal moment in the journey of Junior Asian Golf Academy (JAGA) as we gather our coaching luminaries and leadership teams from across the globe for the much-anticipated JAGA Coaching Summit. Hosted at the scenic Black Mountain in Hua Hin, Thailand, this summit brings together the brilliance and experience of our coaches and golf leadership, forging a path towards standardized coaching excellence that transcends continents.


The Who's Who at JAGA Coaching Summit


Our summit is graced by a stellar lineup of coaching and leadership talent, each contributing a wealth of knowledge and passion to the collective pursuit of excellence:


Coaches:


Shane Gillespie - Expert Advisor

Alan Murdoch - Thailand

Adam Wills - Thailand

Arjun Malik - India

Alexandre Oullette - Canada

Dhananjay (DK) Singh - India


Team Leadership:


Adesh Gawde - UAE

Sjoerd Joosten - Thailand

Sonadt Ng - Vietnam

John Laroche - International


The summit aims to go beyond coaching philosophy exchange, focusing on standardizing our coaching methodologies. Leveraging the collective expertise of our coaches and leadership, we aspire to ensure that every JAGA student, regardless of location, receives the best coaching aligned with our unwavering commitment to excellence.



Casey Kang Commits to Kansas State University!


After numerous phone calls and meetings over the last few months, Casey Kang has made her decision to commit to the Kansas State University Wildcats Golf Team, starting in the 2025-26 season.


Casey has dominated tournaments and performed well in the classroom throughout her time at JAGA, and it has paid off for her.


Congratulations Casey on this remarkable achievement, and stay tuned for more information about her journey this week.


Gearing Up for the Asian Junior Masters


From February 2nd to 4th, Black Mountain Golf Club will be the stage for the highly anticipated Asian Junior Masters, featuring top talents from across Asia. Among the contenders are rising stars from JAGA.


As the tournament kicks off, JAGA's students will demonstrate their skills against the region's best after a series of qualifying events. Beyond competition, the Asian Junior Masters provides these young athletes with valuable experiences.


JAGA will proudly host the VIP area within its classroom facility at Black Mountain. This exclusive space offers distinguished guests a prime view of the tournament, and being able to see our facilities first-hand.


JAGA Canada Information Night: Kickstarting Recruiting


Join us for an exciting evening as JAGA Canada gears up for the next academic year! On the 6th of February, we invite prospective student-athletes and their families to our campus at Le Blainvillier for an Information Night that marks the launch of our recruiting efforts for the 2024-2025 academic year.



Navigating the Exam Week Journey


As we approach the culmination of this term, JAGA students are gearing up for a focused week of final exams. In a unique approach, we've designed individual schedules for each student, aligning with their specific test times. This tailored approach not only fosters a conducive study environment but also reflects our commitment to each student's success. Best of luck to all our students as they embark on this week of assessments! Stay tuned for updates on their academic journey.

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