ROGER KNICK WINS MET PGA YOUTH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
PGA Professional Roger Knick, founder of the Junior Golf Hub, a global resource for junior golfers and college coaches, and the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield, Conn., was named winner of the Youth Player Development Award by the Metropolitan Section of the PGA of America.
The PGA Youth Player Development Award (formally the Junior Golf Leader Award) recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. The award is determined by the following qualifications: Demonstration of involvement in the promotion and development of junior golf at the club level; Support of National junior golf programs; Proven interest, concern and ability to provide opportunities and experience for junior to learn and play golf; and be recognized as someone of outstanding character.
“When we think about Junior Golf Player Development we usually think about those with an affinity for teaching youth, or others who have taken unique and fun approaches to instruction, but Roger has really been challenging this status quo for a long time and has changed our perspective on the definition of development,” said Jeff Vorheis, Executive Director of the Metropolitan PGA Section.”
“I am humbled and honored to receive the Met PGA Youth Player Development Award,” said Knick, who has helped more than three dozen junior golfers go on to play at Division 1 colleges. “I share this award with my entire team here at Golf Performance Center where our goal is to make a positive impact on today’s youth.”
The Golf Performance Center (GPC) www.thegolfperformancecenter.com integrates state of the art training facilities and expert coaching to help athletes reach their goals. Beginning with the unique “Five Elements of Success” evaluation, the GPC delivers customized golf coaching designed to provide aspiring athletes with improvement strategies for long term success. With 25+ years of experience, PGA and TPI certified founder Knick and his GPC staff provide coaching focused on desire, coaching, physical performance & nutrition, mental game and equipment.
“Because of Roger’s vision, The Golf Performance Center embodies all the cutting-edge golf coaching techniques and has become a mecca for kids of all ages and abilities to hone their skills on the golf course, while also being mentored and coached in and out of the classroom,” said Vorheis. “What they’re doing at the GPC is beyond impressive and is really changing the lives of the families they serve.”
The Junior Golf Hub (JGH), juniorgolfhub.com, is an online community for junior golfers on the rise, parents and college golf coaches. It was founded to help players and parents navigate the journey to college golf while helping coaches find top talent. Players create profiles that are searchable by the coaches, ‘Find and Follow’ college golf programs and receive education on the recruiting process. College coaches find and filter the top talent they are looking for. The Junior Golf Hub is the Official Sponsor and Partner of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT). HJGT members now get access to the Junior Golf Hub.
Originally from Danville, Virginia, Knick is a 1989 graduate of Elon University and currently lives with his family in Ridgefield, Conn. He is a Sports Performance Specialist, having spent over 20 years developing and refining his knowledge and practical application of coaching. He is a Class-A PGA Professional, TPI Level III and K-Motion Biomechanics certified instructor. He has worked with aspiring high school and collegiate athletes, as well as PGA, LPGA, NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL players.
Al Abrams, JHamilton PR