Former junior golf star coming back to Chilliwack

The Chilliwack Golf and Country Club has added Brad Clapp as an instructor with the new Chilliwack Golf Academy.

Brad Clapp is coming home to help launch the new Chilliwack Golf Academy at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club.

CG&CC announced the addition Monday morning, bringing a former Chilliwack junior back to the Fraser Valley.

Clapp, a PGA of Canada member, was a member of CG&CC’s junior program for six years before moving on to Camosun College.

He completed a three year professional golf management program at Camosun, and spent the last four years working as the assistant professional at Sun Rivers Golf in Kamloops.

At Sun Rivers, Clapp introduced a junior program that grew in popularity each year.

“I am very happy to have the opportunity to build the Chilliwack Golf Academy,” Clapp said in a CG&CC news release. “I believe that CG&CC has one of the best practice facilities in the entire province and I hope to utilize it while instructing golfers of all ages and skill levels.”

Beyond teaching, Clapp also has a strong playing resume.

He has six professional victories in four years, winning the Vancouver Golf Tours Tour Championship last year.

He was also the runner up at the Vancouver Open last year, losing in a playoff to Canada’s top ranked pro, Adam Hadwin.

Clapp was also the only player in the field to shoot three rounds in the 60’s.

In 2010, Brad travelled to Spain to play on the HI 5 Professional Golf Tour against the best up-and-coming talent in Europe. This tour consisted of British amateur champions, European Tour winners, and Ryder Cup team members for Europe.

Clapp made eight out of nine cuts and tied for second at one event.

“I feel the tournament experiences that I have had, and will continue to have, help me to prepare others for competition,” Clapp noted.

At CG&CC, Clapp will teach the Tuesday junior nights and team up with the Chilliwack Golf Academy’s director of instruction, former LPGA tour player Jennifer Greggain.

“We are very excited to include Brad as one of our instructors at the Chilliwack Golf Academy,” she said. “Our vision is to provide highly innovative golf instruction here in the Fraser Valley. Brad’s teaching and playing experience will make an excellent addition.”

The Chilliwack Golf Academy promises to offer innovative golf instruction to adults and juniors of all skill levels. For more information on programs, and to book lessons online, visit www.chilliwackgolfacademy.com.

Greggain can be reached by phone at  604-798-9805 or email at Jennifer@chilliwackgolf.com