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Brendon Elliott, PGA

PGA

2016 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals

Brendon Elliott, PGA

Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development

1613 West Akron Drive

Deltona, Florida 32725

(321) 278-1612

http://littlelinksters.com/

brendonelliott@pga.com

Brendon Elliott is the owner of Little Linksters LLC and is the founder and executive director of the 501(c)(3) Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development. Elliott is also a PGA staff instructor at the Golf Academy of America Orlando campus. He is extremely involved in his PGA Section and Chapter as with the PGA of America on a national level.

Facility Type: Public

Past awards/recognitions:

  • GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional
  • PGA Section Junior Golf Leader
  • Horton Smith Award
  • U.S. Kids Top 50 Master Kids Teacher 2013
  • 2011-2014 NFPGA Junior Golf Leader Teacher

Technology used in instruction: 

  • SwingPal
  • Swing Profile app
  • Athlete Nation
  • Eyeline Golf Products
  • Golfer’s Footprint
  • Swinggait
  • MoRodz alignment sticks
  • U.S. Kids training clubs
  • The Littlest Golfer First Set
  • almostGolf
  • Edufii
  • Explainer Junior

Approximate number of free “tune-ups” and lessons given per year: 100+

Growth of the game initiatives:

Little Linksters Traditional Program

DESCRIPTION:

Since July of 2008, the Little Linksters Golf program has brought the game of golf to a typically non- traditional sect of the population; the “Pee-Wee” Golfer (Ages 3-8). The Little Linksters Golf Program is a great introduction to the game of golf for all children in this age group. The program is taught in a fun and interactive way using a combination of both traditional golf instruction methods and very non-traditional ways. The bottom line with the Little Linksters program is FUN!

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

• Programs Run Monthly with FOUR One Hour, Weekly Sessions • Each Session is 45 min.
• Two Age Groups: 3-5 Years, 6-8 Years
• Limited to 10 Kids per Age Group

• Full Program Costs $70 per location
• Daycare Enrichment Program Costs $45 per location

SHORT TERM SUCCESS:

The biggest short term successes that we would like to see from our programs mirror our long term and are as follows:

Children learning the game of golf, one of the only lifetime sports there is, and being able to share in it with family and friends for the long term.

More importantly, we see golf as a tool for teaching life skills to children at very young ages (3-8). These life skills include things like integrity, problem solving, confidence, team work, etiquette, motor skill development and more.

Continued growth of all our programming, for all segments of the population.

LONG TERM SUCCESS:

The biggest long term successes that we would like to see from our programs are as follows:

Children learning the game of golf, one of the only lifetime sports there is, and being able to share in it with family and friends for the long term.

More importantly, we see golf as a tool for teaching life skills to children at very young ages (3-8). These life skills include things like integrity, problem solving, confidence, team work, etiquette, motor skill development and more.

Continued growth of all our programming, for all segments of the population.

Little Linksters G.O.A.L.S. Program- DESCRIPTION:

G.O.A.L.S stands for Golf Outreach Advances Life Skills. This simple acronym will be the cornerstone of this program offering from the Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development. The objective behind the G.O.A.L.S. program is to bring the game of golf to all children regardless of any disability they may have. Golf teaches skills that will help these children in every aspect of their life.

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

• Programs Run Monthly, with FOUR, 30-45 min. Weekly Sessions • Each Session is 30-45 min. (Depends on children’s needs)
• Ages: 3-18+ Years
• Limited to 10 Kids per Age Group

• Full Program Costs $50 per Location, Per Month (If one on one instruction is needed, fee is based on situation/needs)
• Integration of students into the traditional program at some point is a goal

SHORT TERM SUCCESS:

Much like our long term goals, the biggest short term successes that we would like to see from our GOALS programs are as follows:

Children with special needs learning the game of golf, one of the only lifetime sports there is, and being able to share in it with family and friends for the long term.

More importantly, we see golf as a tool for teaching life skills to ALL children especially children with special needs. These life skills include things like integrity, problem solving, confidence, team work, etiquette, motor skill development and more.

Continued growth of all our programming, for all segments of the population. LONG TERM SUCCESS:

Much like our traditional program, the biggest long term successes that we would like to see from our GOALS programs are as follows:

Children with special needs learning the game of golf, one of the only lifetime sports there is, and being able to share in it with family and friends for the long term.

More importantly, we see golf as a tool for teaching life skills to ALL children especially children with special needs. These life skills include things like integrity, problem solving, confidence, team work, etiquette, motor skill development and more.

Continued growth of all our programming, for all segments of the population.

Little Linksters Tour Series-

DESCRIPTION:

For the past 6 years, kids ages 3-12 have had the opportunity to have a Junior Golf Tour of their very own! The Little Linksters “Tour” launched back in July of 2011 at Orange County National. Events were also played at the Faldo Institute and Timacuan Golf Club. 6 years later we have grown to 12-13 events. In 2015 the “Tour” was played on some of the greatest golf courses Florida has to offer. In 2016, it will be much of the same. Venues include Lake Nona, Disney Golf, Grand Cypress Resort, Ritz Carlton Members Club, Black Diamond, Reunion Resort, Hammock Beach Resort & more! The Tour offers planning experiences for ages younger than any other youth tournament series in the state. We also have both competitive & non-competitive divisions and offer a great, fun and unintimidating experience for children and families. In 2016, in partnership with Special Olympics FL we will offer skills based events in conjunction with our Tour events for children with special needs.