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Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy 2015-2016 Includes the following:

  • Weekly golf instruction from Mike Bender and daily instruction from his staff instructors
  • Daily supervised practice sessions with the coaching staff (Monday through Friday)
  • Unlimited use of the Mike Bender Golf Academy range
  • Membership for the MEGSA Perfect Practice Equipment to speed the training process
  • Twice-weekly fitness sessions
  • Ongoing Mental Conditioning for personal growth, awareness, and tournament preparation
  • MBEGA-logoed Nike apparel package
  • MBEGA-logoed Nike carry bag
  • College placement services
  • Full year membership to Shot-by-Shot statistical tracking
  • Access to TrackMan launch monitors and SAM PuttLab putting stroke analyzer

Full Year: $33,000
Semester Rate: $20,000

Note: All tournament fees are additional, expected $2,750 per semester if a full schedule of 10 events is played. Tournament participation is at the discretion of the family and player.

Lake Mary Preparatory School Tuition and Room and Board are additional.
Laurel Springs School (online school option) requires additional tuition.


Application Process:

There are four types of students in the Elite Academy

  1. Elite student who boards at University Hall (dorms) and attends Lake Mary Preparatory School
  2. Elite student who attends Lake Mary Preparatory School and lives locally with family
  3. Elite student who attends local high school and lives locally with family
  4. Elite student who attends Laurel Springs School (online) and lives locally with family

Elite student who boards at University Hall (dorms of LMP) and attends Lake Mary Preparatory School

The application process starts with: 
  • Visiting the Mike Bender Golf Academy and attending a day or a few days of practice

Once the visit or resume has been reviewed and the online application process has been submitted to Lake Mary Prep, the staff will send a letter of acceptance to those students who have been accepted into the Elite Academy. The family will then receive a contract once finalization of the student’s visa and acceptance into Lake Mary Prep has been completed. The Elite contract is to be submitted two weeks after completion of student visas and enrollment into Lake Mary Prep.

Elite student who attends Lake Mary Preparatory School and lives locally with family

The application process starts with:

  • Visiting the Mike Bender Golf Academy and attending a day or a few days of practice
  • Submitting a resume of past tournaments (20 tournament rounds preferred) and 2 references (Click here for reference forms)

Once the visit or resume has been reviewed and the online application process has been submitted to Lake Mary Prep, the staff will send a letter of acceptance to those students who have been accepted into the Elite Academy. The family will then receive a contract upon enrollment into Lake Mary Prep. The contract is to be submitted two weeks after enrollment into Lake Mary Prep.

Elite student who attends local high school and lives locally with family

The application process starts with:

  • Visiting the Mike Bender Golf Academy and attending a day or a few days of practice
  • Submitting a resume of past tournaments (20 tournament rounds preferred) and 2 references (Click here for reference forms)

Once the visit or resume has been reviewed, the staff will send a letter of acceptance to those students who have been accepted into the Elite Academy. The family will then receive a contract that is to be submitted two weeks after receiving the letter of acceptance.

Elite student who attends Laurel Springs School (online) and lives locally with family

The application process starts with:

  • Visting the Mike Bender Golf Academy and attending a day or a few days of practice

  • Submitting a resume of past tournaments (20 tournament rounds preferred) and 2 references (Click here for reference forms)

Once the visit or resume has been reviewed, the staff will send a letter of acceptance to those students who have been accepted into the Elite Academy. The family will then receive a contract that is to be submitted two weeks after receiving the letter of acceptance. Application and enrollment into the Laurel Springs School is coordinated and completed by each individual elite student or family. MBEGA will act as the liaison between the elite student and the Laurel Springs School partnership coordinator. Enrollment into the Laurel Springs School can be done at any time and does not affect enrollment or acceptance into the Elite Program. 

Testimonials:

"The Academy has changed Santiago as a better person and better golfer, we can't believe how good he got in just 1 year" –Elite Golfer’s Parents

"It is very hard to express all the positive emotions from my wife, myself and our son in just a few short sentences. It was the best decision my wife and I ever made. Our son Michael - 16 years old- participated one year with the Mike Bender Elite program together with Lake Mary Prep. With the high professionalism of Mike and his team he was able to improve his technical golf skills and his mindset in golf that he became one of the better players in all of Austria. Since Michael left he was able to stay in permanent contact with Mike Bender and team and he visits the program as often as possible to keep working together on his golf. It was not easy as parents to leave our only son in a foreign country - far away from home - but we always would do this again together with Mike Bender and his staff." –Elite Golfer’s Parents

Congratulations to Mike Bender for establishing a world-class golf academy for aspiring high performance junior golfers. This unique program provides developing golf athletes with every opportunity to fulfill their potential and realize their dreams. –Henry Brunton


FAQ's

Will Mike Bender teach my child?

Yes, this is Mike’s headquarters and works with every student on a weekly basis.

Who will coach my child?

Mike Bender is the lead instructor for all students and guides all the coaches for the students. Each student will also work with the staff at the Academy in various other areas of expertise.

What is a typical day at the Academy?

  • 8.00am-1.30pm: Attend school at Lake Mary Prep including lunch
  • 1.35pm: Pick up from Lake Mary Prep by a MBEGA Staff member
  • 2.00pm-6.00pm: Golf practice and training
  • 6.00pm: Drop off at University Hall Dorms by a MBEGA Staff member
  • 6.30pm: Dinner at University Hall
  • 7.00pm-9.00pm: Study hall
  • 11.00pm: Lights out

How do I schedule a visit to the Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy?

Please call 407.321.0444 and ask for Head Coach Peter Bakker or email peter@mikebender.com 

What is the application deadline for the Elite Academy?

There is not a deadline date but we only accept 20 applicants a year. We do recommend applying in the early spring to allow enough time to complete the application process at Lake Mary Prep and obtain the proper VISA documents. If more than 20 students apply we will notify the family no later then July 1st if the student is accepted.

What are the admission requirements for the Elite Academy?

There are 3 requirements:

  1. The student must speak some English.
  2. The student must have played in at least 20 tournament rounds
  3. The student must have a desire to play golf at the next level (collegiate golf, national team or professionally)

If more than 20 students apply then tournament performance, personal recommendations and academic performance will be used in the selection process.

What are the admission requirements for Lake Mary Prep?

Please contact the Director of Admissions at Lake Mary Prep at 407.805.0095.

What are the admission requirements for Laurel Springs School (online)?

Please contact Peter Bakker at 407.321.0444 or peter@mikebender.com for contact information for the MBEGA/Laurel Springs School partnership coordinator. 

Do you use TrackMan?

The Elite Academy uses Trackman within its state-of-the-art hitting bay

Who issues the I-20 visa?

Lake Mary Prep will issue an I-20 visa upon acceptance into school.

If I need help with my VISA, whom do I call?

Please contact the Director of Admissions at Lake Mary Prep at 407.805.0095.

Can a student have a car?

Students may have a car if they live outside of University Hall Dorms at Lake Mary Prep. Student’s that wish to ride in cars driven by other students MUST have written permission from their parents prior to riding with another student.

What will if my child is sick?

For the student that is living at University Hall Dorms at Lake Mary Prep, there is an onsite medical attendant who will arrange additional medical attention if it so requires.

What days will the Elite Academy NOT have practice?

Practice will be held Monday thru Friday during the school year except for thanksgiving break, Christmas break and spring break. The Academy will be available for use if the student wishes to practice.

What is the closest airport?

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is approximately 35 minutes from Lake Mary, FL.

What are the payment options?

Parents are sent a contract after admission into the Elite Academy. The balance is due prior to the first day of golf unless other arrangements are made.

What tournaments do students play in?

Students play in multiple tours including: AJGA, FCWT, FJT, HJGT and various local tours. Many of these events can be played in Central Florida. If events are to be played outside of Central Florida additional accommodations can be made.

What college placement services are available?

The students work closely with college counselors and our coaching staff to find potential college options. In addition, it is very common for college coaches to visit the Academy to evaluate talent of players onsite while continuing to adhere to NCAA recruiting provisions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, TO SETUP A TIME TO VISIT OUR ACADEMY, OR TO APPLY, PLEASE CALL 407-321-0444 OR EMAIL INFO@MIKEBENDER.COM