GenNXT junior golf academy to open in Scottsdale

Four of golf’s leaders in coaching and education are joining forces to create GenNXT Golf Academy – the first high performance junior golf academy in the American Southwest.

Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott of VISION54, Dr. Rick Jensen of the Dr. Rick Jensen Performance Center at PGA National and Canadian Henry Brunton, a world leader in golf coaching, have selected the magnificent Talking Sticking Golf Course in Scottsdale as the home base for the ground-breaking academy for aspiring golfers from 14 to 18 years of age.

“Our mission is to utilize our collective experience and expertise at the highest levels of golf to establish the GenNXT Golf Academy with the goal of creating the No. 1 high performance junior golf academy in the world – the gold standard in the sport – providing the next generation of aspiring elite golf athletes with second to none coaching, training and sport science support,” stated Ms. Nilsson, who has worked with hundreds of LPGA and PGA tour professionals over the past two decades, in a press release.

The innovative world class golf athlete development program will open its doors on Jan. 5 and is currently accepting athlete applications for the semester that runs until June 5.

It’s a full-time residential golf academy for boys and girls ages 14 to 18 with a variety of housing and educational options available for consideration, the release stated. There are options for athletes to participate in GenNXT for a month, a semester or a full school year. The 2016-17 GenNXT Academy will commence on Aug. 22.

“We have created GenNXT to be a boutique style high performance golf academy. We are all committed to providing exceptional coaching and training support while developing personal relationships with all of our athletes,” stated Mr. Brunton, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher who spent 13 years as the Head Coach of Canada’s National Golf Team.

The four lead coaches have surrounded themselves with a world-class support team that will be led by GenNXT Golf Academy Director, Oliver Morton – a top-ranked PGA junior golf coaching specialist from the United Kingdom.

Other team members include:

  • Dr. Jimmy Yuan – Medical Director at Advantage Training; TPI Advisory Board Member – Golf Fitness/Strength Training/Nutrition/Injury Prevention
  • Spencer Tatum- National Performance Director – Advantage Training- consultant to ASU and Auburn NCAA golf teams
  • Peter Sanders, founder of, for Statistical Analysis/Golf Analytics
  • Michael Pinkey, founder of Combine Golf, for Club Fitting
  • Dr. Kim Johnson provides GenNXT with 24/7 medical support
  • VISION54 coaching staff- onsite coaching and support from Kristine Reese, Tiffany Yager and Zach Theult

“We recognize that each athlete is unique. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized training, coaching and competition plans based on age and stage of development as they aspire to be the next generation of top performers in the AJGA, USGA, NCAA, PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and Olympic Games,” stated Dr. Jensen, in the release.

Dr. Jensen, is well-known for working with some of the game’s best players that have collected 199 PGA/LPGA/Champions Tour wins including 33 Majors and over $65 million in earnings.

Athletes will have full access to the exceptional practice facilities and two remarkable 18-hole Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed golf courses at Talking Stick Resort, which is also the home base for spring training for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Housing options include student dorms at Courtyard Marriott at Talking Stick in Scottsdale and there is limited space available to stay at GenNXT Academy House, fully supervised lodging where meals and transportation is provided. The academy is also affiliated with nearby Rancho Solano Prep School and there are other educational options, the release stated.

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