Oak Hills Country Club has been the cornerstone others follow when developing junior golf in the Omaha area. Junior golf is often described as babysitting, but that could not be farther from the truth. Developing junior athletes is a science. There are many factors that can influence junior development, both positively and negatively. The Junior Academy program is designed around key factors of development and the curriculum is based on long-term athletic development.
The true benefit of the Junior Academy is to develop the junior athlete’s love for the game and the physical activity. You’ll see it through the smiles, laughter and determination. That’s what sets this program apart from others.
Director of Instruciton, Jonathan Mielke, is a PGA Class “A” Teaching Professional, US Kids Top 50 Teacher,, a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 3 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, (TPI) Level 3 Junior Golf Coach, U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor, Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach, Certified club fitter and Titleist Staff Member. His willingness to share his expertise and passion for the game with students has made him one of the most prominent golf instructors.
The Academy Structure
The Junior Academy is designed around an extensive classification system that minimizes the Matthew and Relative Age Effects. It allows the junior athlete to progress through the four developmental levels: Launch, Implement, Engage and Elite.
Level 1. Launch (L Division)
Objective: Discover and learn fundamental movement skills.
Average age: males 4 to 7 years; females 4 to 6 years.
Level 2. Implement (I Division)
Objective: Discover fundamental sports skills, while starting to develop golf-specific skills.
Average age: males 8 to 10 years; females 7 to 9 years.
Level 3. Engage (E1 Division)
Objective: Discover and build aerobic base and strength, while maintaining golf-specific skills.
Average age: males 11 to 14 years; females 10 to 13 years.
Level 4. Elite (E2 Division)
Objective: Focus on competition and learning to win while maintaining a high level of physical, mental and social balance. Goal setting, conditioning and optimal performance.
Average age: males 15 years+; females 14 years+.