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June 12-16, 2016
Pheasant Ridge GC
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Tuition- $649

In Photo: 2015 Iowa PGA Junior Golf Academy Participants

The 36th Annual Iowa PGA Junior Golf Academy will be held Sunday, June 12 through Thursday, June 16 at Pheasant Ridge GC and the University of Northern Iowa.  The Academy is open to boys and girls 12-17 with a maximum capacity of 50 total students.  John Bermel, head PGA Professional at Pheasant Ridge GC and also the head coach for the men and women’s golf team at UNI, has been the lead instructor for the academy for over 14 years.  He and his staff do an excellent job hosting this program.  The Iowa PGA Junior Golf Academy also utilizes the men and women PGA Professionals of the Iowa Section as instructors for the students.  See below for more details on lead instructor, John Bermel, PGA.

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Please send with full payment to Iowa PGA Section, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA  52327.

Tuition is refundable if applicant cancels less $50 for administration fees prior to June 6, 2016.
No refunds will be given after June 6, 2016.

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Participants in the Junior Golf Academy receive:

  • Four days intensive instruction from Iowa Section PGA professionals
  • Evening recreation and educational programs
  • Average teaching ratio one pro to four students
  • Daily playing lessons and tournament competition supervised by PGA professionals
  • PGA Professional Clinic
  • Video Analysis
  • Four nights room and board on the University of Northern Iowa Campus
  • 24 hour supervision
  • PGA memento and full color group photo
  • Advice for those desiring to play college golf

A very special thank you to Michelle Estill, Iowa PGA Sales Representative, and PING Golf for sponsoring the Junior Golf Academy in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and again in 2016!

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John Bermel, PGA Head Professional at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course for 18 years and Head Coach for the Men’s (for 20 years) and Women’s (for 13 years) Golf Team at the University of Northern Iowa is the lead instructor for the Junior Golf Academy.  He is a 25 year plus Member of the PGA of America and has been honored with many awards.  He was bestowed the highest honor possible from the PGA of America in the Iowa Section – the Golf Professional of the year in 2012. As part of the Iowa PGA Section, John was named the 1987 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, the 2000 Teacher of the Year, the 1999 and 2007 Junior Golf Leader and the 2013 Horton Smith Trophy for contributions to professional education.

He was also the winner of the Low Stroke Average Award for the Iowa PGA Section in 2002, 2008 and 2012.  Other notable awards include the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and the 2011 Labron Harris Sr. Award presented by Golf Coaches Association of America and E-Z-GO.  He also served on the Iowa PGA Board of Directors from 2000-2002.

In addition to his numerous awards, Mr. John Bermel is a great player.  He won the Iowa PGA Section Championship in 1993, 2000, 2004 and 2006 – earning a spot in the National Club Professional Championship 15 times in the last 20 years and ultimately finishing well enough in this event to participate in the 1994 PGA Championship at Southern Hills and the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla.  In 2012 he won the Iowa PGA Senior Section Championship and participated in the United States Senior Open.  He also won the 2013 Iowa PGA Senior Section Championship and represented Iowa at the Senior PGA National Championsip in April 2014.

John is a great business man managing two golf shops, food and beverage operations and 36-holes of golf. This includes merchandising, customer service, expense management, staffing, financials and working closely with course superintendent and other employees to insure daily play and special events run smoothly.  He developed and administers several junior golf programs that provide over 300 kids a year the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game, expanding golf’s reach to local area communities that otherwise would not have programs.