Sardis students hit the links as golf academy opens

The new golf academy at Sardis secondary school features a well-known Surrey based trainer.

The brand-new golf academy at Sardis secondary school teed off Monday.

Eight students are involved.

They’ll be working on their games five days a week at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club, and CG&CC head instructor Jennifer Greggain couldn’t be more excited.

“We’ve also got a really great certified fitness instructor coming in from Surrey twice a week,” she said. “These kids will be getting some of the top training in Canada.”

Lindsay Manion is the trainer.

She works at the Tour Performance Lab, a golf-specific training facility that utilizes the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) program.

“She is the assistant to Jason Glass, who is one of the lead educators for TPI in North America,” Greggain said. “I work with Lindsay to improve my own game, and we are extremely lucky to have her helping us out.”

Manion’s first task will be to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Sardis students. From there, she will construct customized programs aimed at eliminating limitations.

“No longer are golf lessons simply, ‘keep your left arm straight and bend your knees,’” Greggain explained. “TPI is revolutionary and innovative and not something we’ve seen a lot of.”

Greggain doesn’t believe she’s exaggerating when she talks about having some of the best training in the country. She thinks it’s only a matter of time until more people take notice.

“These new training techniques are starting to trickle out to Chilliwack, and that excites me personally,” she said. “We’ve got these eight kids to start, and next year I hope we’ll be up to 12-15.”

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