Junior Champions Program (Ages 13-18)

Comprehensive Instruction for Competitive Juniors

Mike Bender, whom Golf Digest calls "One of America’s Five Best Teachers”, has personally designed the Mike Bender Golf Academy Junior Champions Program as an advanced, comprehensive coaching program for young golfers who are playing competitive golf and want to compete at the collegiate level and beyond.

To be eligible for the program, a participant must be playing competitive golf on a regular basis and be between the ages of 13 and 18. We happily accept both boys and girls in the program.

Since its inception in 2000 we have built an internationally-recognized program by producing tournament winners on the local, state and national levels. More than 100 of our students have gone on to receive college scholarships with several already having graduated to playing at the professional level. Currently, 12 of the top juniors in the state train with us.

This program includes private lessons and runs from November through May with a break during the Summer/Fall competitive season.

This is your unique opportunity to train where the pros train and train the way the pros train at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, the "Home of Champions."

Our Junior Champions Program Includes:

  • Weekly 30-minute individual private lesson.
  • Weekly 90 minute supervised practice with one of our staff professionals.
  • Monthly on-course management lesson with one of our staff professionals.
  • A tournament observation by one of our instructor during competition.
  • One-year subscription to Shot By Shot statistical tracking program.
  • Two comprehensive short-game skills evaluations.
  • MBGA Nike golf bag, Nike golf shirt and Nike hat.
  • Comprehensive Mental Golf Profile evaluation and mental coaching.
  • Speed trainig, strength and flexibility training included in practice sessions.
  • Three private meetings with the coach, for parents and juniors.
  • State-of-the-art communication between between coaches, parents and juniors.
  • A putting stroke evaluation using the state-of-the-art SAM Putt Lab computer.
  • One fitness evaluation with our staff Physical Therapist
  • Complete equipment evaluation using the TrackMan launch monitor and a combine.
  • 20% discount on all additional services purchased at the academy while enrolled in the Junior Champions program.
  • Special academy facility membership pricing exclusively for Junior Champions.

The Program Details

Weekly 30-minute Individual Private Lesson

The program includes a 30-minute lesson each week with each participant's preferred MBGA instructor for a total of two hours each calendar month. Lessons can be combined i.e. a one-hour lesson every other week, but we recommend shorter, more frequent sessions with our instructors to maximize improvement.

Weekly 90-minute Supervised Practice Session

Each week our instructors will host a supervised practice session where they will work with each player to make sure they are working on their assigned drills and using the best possible practice techniques to speed improvement.

Monthly on-course Management Lesson

Each month participants will go on the golf course with one of our staff instructors for a two-hour, on-course strategy lesson.

Tournament Observation

The academy staff recognizes the immense value of being able to watch juniors play under tournament conditions. Much can be learned about their game that cannot be seen on the lesson tee. An instructor will attend selected local events to watch each Junior Champion participant to better identify competitive strengths and weaknesses.

ShotByShot Statistical Analysis

ShotByShot is a total game analysis program that accurately evaluates your golf game and does so in a unique way. The pros refer to their stats all of the time to evaluate how their games stack up compared to other players at their level. Shot By Shot’s online program measures the strengths and weakness of your game and then compares them to your target handicap. This insightful analysis is very helpful in directing our focus and your practice time. Shot By Shot is the Performance Analysis Partner to Golf Digest.

Two Comprehensive Short Game Evaluations

This short game test is given to both analyze each player’s short game condition and to help motivate them towards improvement. Through many years of research we know how players at every level should score on this test in order to perform well in tournaments. This test also helps our instructors prioritize each participant’s short game practice.

Mental Golf Profile Analysis

The Mental Golf Profile provides information about each player’s tendencies and recommends strategies for customized mental game improvements. Each golfer spends about 10 minutes answering the multiple-choice questionnaire. A 20-plus page report will be sent to the student and the instructor for review. Pre-Round preparation, mental tendencies when playing shots, course management, working with your instructors, and mental tendencies towards golf fitness will be highlighted. Your coach will sit down with you for a complete review of the results.

A SAM Putt Lab Comprehensive Putting Evaluation

This session will include a detailed computer analysis on the state-of-the-art SAM Putt Lab that will detail the golfer's putting stroke. The session will include a detailed plan for improvement. Each golfer will get a hard copy printout of the evaluation results.

One Fitness Evaluation

A comprehensive golf fitness screening given by our staff physical therapist Scott Shepard. This information will allow the instructors to adapt our training methods to the student's strength and flexibility levels.

A Clubfitting Session Using the TrackMan Launch Monitor

Participants will receive an equipment evaluation and clubfitting session including loft and lie checks, clubfitting specifications, set make-up review and condition check of all clubs and a comprehensive evaluation using the TrackMan launch monitor.

A Combine Using the TrackMan Launch Monitor

This standardized test consists of 60 shots hit to selected distances. TrackMan scores each shot on a scale of 0-100 based on the students accuracy.

MBGA Merchandise

Participants will receive MBGA-logoed merchandise.

Academy Discounts

All participants will receive a 20% discount on all additional services at the Mike Bender Golf Academy while enrolled in the Junior Champions Program.

Academy Membership Pricing

Junior Champions will receive an exclusive discounted monthly or annual membership to our new world-class training facility.

  • Complete Program cost is $5,345 if weekly private lessons taken with Mike Bender ($760 per month November - May)
  • Complete Program cost is $4,575 if weekly private lessons taken with Cheryl Anderson ($650 per month November - May)
  • Complete Program cost is $4,345 if weekly private lessons taken with Matt Wilkes ($620 per month November - May)


For more information call 407-321-0444 or email info@mikebender.com

Click here to register for our upcoming Junior Champions Program!

**Schedules are subject to change**

What People Are Saying About Our Junior Champions Program

"The Mike Bender Golf Academy Junior Champions/Young Guns Program is without a doubt the best long-term golf advancement training program you can participate in. The well thought out and designed weekly practice agenda really helps the player understand what they are doing. There is a natural progression at all skill levels. The coaches are knowledgeable and focused on improvement with every student. They know how to engage every type of personality and most of all analyze each player and develop and individual plan for success. Ainsley, our daughter, has attended the academy for two years and loves every minute she spends there. We highly recommend that you too consider giving your child the best possible chance to enjoy and learn the game of golf at the Mike Bender Golf Academy."

- Greg Mann, parent of Junior Champion/Young Guns participant


The Mike Bender Golf Academy’s Junior Champs/Young Guns program offers an incredibly unique learning environment for motivated and talent junior golfers.  The program provides an opportunity for passionate junior golfers to practice alongside each other during group sessions, while also enjoying one-on-one private instruction from one of the Academy’s world-class instructors.   
The instructors at the Mike Bender Golf Academy each have the ability to sequentially and strategically work with each individual junior golfer to elevate their game and get the most out of their individual talent.  They have a wealth of experience in developing top junior golfers and have been recognized nationally for their success.
My son participated in the Junior Champs/Young Guns program for the first time last year and his development was accelerated dramatically because of the time he spent participating within this program.  If you are looking for a learning environment that maximizes your child’s talents, and your son or daughter is passionate about the game of golf, and is willing to practice hard to achieve success you will not find a better place to accomplish this than the Academy’s Junior Champs/Young Guns program.
-Don Stewart