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MBGA Helps Students Reach State Finals
October 29th 2013 - Hot off the Press! Today's Orlando Sentinel Sports section highlights MBGA and our students that are competing in the 1A and 2A state tournaments beginning today! Check out the article below! The :: continue »

Truslow Wins AJGA Junior Players Championship
September 3rd 2013 - Congratulations! To longtime Mike Bender student, Austen Truslow, who won the AJGA Junior Players Championship this past weekend at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedre Beach, FL. Austen shot a final-round of :: continue »

Morales and Fausnaugh Named to AJGA All-America Team
October 19th 2012 - Nicole Morales, 16, has been named to the AJGA's Rolex Junior All-America First Team for 2012. Morales of South Salem, NY has trained with Mike Bender Golf Academy Director of Instruction, Cheryl Anderson :: continue »

Mike Caddies in Zach's Win at John Deere Classic
July 15th 2012 - Zach Johnson earns his ninth PGA Tour victory today at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL and it was the first time in his career that he had his long-time coach Mike Bender caddieing for him. It was :: continue »

Carlson Earns First AJGA Title
July 6th 2012 - HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. —Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., concluded the the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands with a final-round score of 1-over-par 73 and tournament total of 2-over-par :: continue »

Landegren Wins AJGA Killington Junior Golf Championship
June 28th 2012 - Mia Landegren of Bridgewater, Conn., stunned the field, shooting 6-under-par 64 to move up from a third place tie for a three-day total of 3-over-par 213 to lead the Girls Division. Conducted by the :: continue »

Zach Wins Colonial Again
May 27th 2012 - FORT WORTH, Texas -- Zach Johnson won a tournament for the first time in two years when he claimed the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial title on Sunday, pulling ahead of the field when Jason Dufner :: continue »

MBGA Lands Three in Top 20 at AJGA in Tampa
April 8th 2012 - The Mike Bender Golf Academy had three girls finish in the Top 20 at the Taylormade-Adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook Hosted by Sean O'Hair. In the largest AJGA event of the year Nicole Morales of South :: continue »

Jason Hak Wins AJGA HP Boys Championship
February 20th 2012 - Jason Hak fired a 3-under-par 69 in the final round of the 2012 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, TX for a three-shot victory. This is Hak's second AJGA Invitational victory and his :: continue »

Jonathan Moore Wins Hooters Tour Event
Congratulations to Jonathan Moore for His First NGA Pro Golf Tour Bridgestone Winter Series Event! The Mike Bender Golf Academy congratulates Jonathan Moore, on his outstanding win at the Hooters Tour :: continue »

Morales Wins AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic
November 27th 2011 - Congratulations to Nicole Morales on Winning the AJGA Polo Golf Junior ClassicMorales Mounts a Double Comeback in Her First Major AJGA VictoryThe Mike Bender Golf Academy congratulates Nicole Morales :: continue »

Morales Makes Sweet 16 at U.S. Womens Amateur
Nicole Morales, 15, of South Salem, NY, made it to the round of 16 at the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Rhode Island. This was Morales first U.S. Amateur competition. She :: continue »

Giffin Wins Island Open in Canada
Jason Giffin won the Island Open in Prince Edward Island, Canada with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff to claim his first professional win. He fired a 145 total for the 36-hole event held August :: continue »

Hak Wins AJGA Tournament of Champions
July 6th 2011 - SUNRIVER, Ore. — Jason Hak of Lake Mary, Fla. and longtime Mike Bender student, won the 34th annual Rolex Tournament of Champions Friday on the Crosswater Course of Sunriver Resort. The Rolex Tournament :: continue »

Four MBGA Students Qualify for USGA Womens and Girls Championships
June 16th 2011 - MBGA students Abbey Carlsson and Nicole Morales have qualified for the US Girl's Junior Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields CC in Chicago in July. Morales made it to the round of 16 in last year's event.Dree :: continue »

Hak Wins AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior
April 24th 2011 - Jason Hak, longtime student at the Mike Bender Golf Academy and student at Lake Mary Preparatory School racked up another win on the AJGA Tour at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook Resort :: continue »

McCartin Qualifies for Euro Tour Event in Morocco
March 18th 2011 - Mike Bender Golf Academy student Chris McCartin shot 19-under-par including a 65 in the last round at a qualifying event in Morocco that earned him an exemption to play in the European Tour's King Hassan :: continue »

Byrd Wins Second in a Row
JANUARY 9, 2011, KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Jonathan Byrd had a silver trophy at his side and a lei draped around his neck, a winner Sunday in the Tournament of Champions, even if the playoff didn't end the way anyone imagined. The emotions went beyond his victory in the PGA TOUR's season opener when Robert Garrigus, the biggest hitter on TOUR, missed a 3-foot par putt on the second extra hole at Kapalua. Just over three months ago, Byrd thought he might lose his card for the first time in his career. He was outside the top 125 on the money list, and not much was going his way. Then came a hole-in-one in near darkness to win Las Vegas in a playoff, getting him to Maui for the Tournament of Champions. He made it two straight wins by closing with a 6-under 67, and winning in the playoff. "I can't sit here and not think about where I was toward the end of the season last year, fighting for my card," he said. "I'm just thankful, I'm overwhelmed, I'm grateful, all of the above." Mike Bender is Jonathan's Swing Coach and everyone at the Mike Bender Golf Academy congratulates Jonathan on his continued great play. This was the 15th victory on the major professional golf tours by Mike's students. :: continue »

Gealy Exempt for 2011 Nationwide Tour
Elliot Gealy earned fully-exempt status for the 2011 Nationwide Tour at the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at Orange County National by finishing tied for 59th. Gealy closed strong with :: continue »

Byrd Has Winning Ace in Vegas
October 25th 2010 - Jonathan Byrd became the first player to ever win a PGA Tour event by finishing the tournament with a 203 yard hole-in-one on the fourth hold of a three man play-off at the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners :: continue »

D.J. Brigman Nabs Nationwide Victory
July 26th 2010 - Long-time Mike Bender Golf Academy student D.J. Brigman trusted his gut when he figured he needed to get to 10-under par to have a chance to win the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. When :: continue »

Zach Wins Colonial
June 1st 2010 - Long-time Mike Bender Golf Academy student Zach Johnson won his seventh PGA Tour event – and picked up a plaid jacket in addition to the green one he earned at the 2007 Masters – at the Crowne Plaza Invitational :: continue »

CBS Passion For Golf Special Features Mike Bender
Mike Bender, 2009 PGA National Teacher of the Year, was one of a handful of featured instructors on the PGA of America's A Passion for Golf special, which was telecast on CBS. Mike's segment is a "day :: continue »

MBGA Named Among Top 25 Golf Schools in America
GOLF Magazine announced in its November 2008 issue that the Mike Bender Golf Academy at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Florida has been named one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in America. This is the only national ranking of golf schools. The magazine highlighted in its article why golfers should go to the Mike Bender Golf Academy by saying the academy’s “highly trained staff provides off-the-charts attention to small groups.” In fact, unlike many of the other schools on the magazine’s list, the Mike Bender Golf Academy actually custom tailors a golf school program for each participant based on length and intensity requested, individual weaknesses and the golfer’s general skill level. Schools are available year-round at the academy and can include personal instruction with Bender, who is ranked among the “Top 10 Greatest Instructors in America” by Golf Digest magazine. Cheryl Anderson, the academy’s director of instruction and 2006 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, and Elliot Gealy also teach the academy’s school programs for individuals and small groups. The criteria used in the GOLF Magazine evaluation process included:• Breadth of Programs• Student-to-teacher ratio. The smaller, the better.• Technology. The panel favored schools that applied advanced technologies (video analysis, 3-D modeling and launch monitors) into their lessons plans.• Instruction Quantity. The more the better. Schools that spent more time on the practice tee were favored over those that split time between practice and play. • Facilities/Accommodations. The Panel awarded schools with state-of-the-art practice facilities with the complete range of full-swing, short-game and putting practice areas.• Staff experience. Staffs led by more knowledgeable and experienced teachers were favored over those that employ even a partial percentage of non-PGA or LPGA teaching professionals. The Mike Bender Golf Academy is one of the finest golf learning facilities in the world and is the training base to many top touring professionals including 2007 Masters champion, Zach Johnson, two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and multiple LPGA Tour winner Seon Hwa Lee. The facilities include a one-of-a-kind pitching practice facility, the MEGSA Perfect Practice Equipment training bays and a newly expanded teaching building with the latest video analysis technology. For golf school information contact the Mike Bender Golf Academy at 407-321-0444 or visit www.mikebender.com or complete the following form:REQUEST A CUSTOMIZED SCHOOL HERE :: continue »

Invite Your Friends: New Program for Beginner Golfers
Do You Know Someone Who Wants to Learn How to Play Golf?Throughout the year, the Mike Bender Golf Academy at Timacuan Golf Club will offer a new program for golfers with little or no experience—Get Golf :: continue »

Bender Named 2009 PGA National Teacher of the Year
Mike Bender Named PGA of America’s 2009 National Teacher of the Year Latest Accolade is Industry’s Highest Honor Lake Mary, FL, September 8, 2009 – The PGA of America today announced that its :: continue »

MEGSA Key in Multiple Major Wins
The Mike Bender designed MEGSA Perfect Practice Equipment has been used by only a few touring professionals, but the results have been nothing short of extraordinary. The first two major championships :: continue »

Bender and Anderson Named Among Greatest Teachers in Golf Digest
Lake Mary, FL, July 7, 2009 – The golf industry's most exclusive list of top teaching talent has been issued today by Golf Digest Magazine as it unveils its biennial list of America's 50 Greatest Teachers for 2009-10 in its August issue. Among those named to the new list is Mike Bender, owner of The Mike Bender Golf Academy headquartered at Timacuan G.C. in Lake Mary, FL. Bender has been on the Golf Digest list since its inception in 2000 and has steadily climbed from No. 37 to his new ranking at No. 9. Joining Bender on Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State list are Mike Bender Golf Academy Director of Instruction, Cheryl Anderson at No. 32. Bender is No. 3 in the Florida rankings out of the thousands of golf instructors who call the state home."This is a special honor because it means your peers respect your work as a teacher," said Bender. "I've been a competitor and teacher for nearly four decades and I can say that being considered among the top 10 teachers by the industry means as much to me as anything else I've accomplished in the game. I love to teach and I’m very excited about where the academy is headed and the extremely positive results we’ve seen with our students." As Bender has achieved worldwide recognition as a teacher who gets students to make significant improvement in their games, golf’s top players have sought out his advice. Zach Johnson, 2007 Masters Champion and six-time winner on the PGA Tour, has trained with Mike since Johnson was launching his professional career on the mini-tours at the beginning of the decade. LPGA four-time tournament winner Seon Hwa Lee and rookie sensation Vicki Hurst also have been working with Mike for years. More recently, PGA Tour veterans, including Jonathan Byrd, Mark Hensby, Robert Damron and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, have put their faith in Mike. All told, Bender has helped more than two-dozen PGA, Champions and LPGA Tour professionals with their games.Many of these professionals have a high comfort level with Mike because they know he has been in their shoes. Bender was a three-time NCAA All-American (1978-1980) and two-time NCAA Division III individual champion (1979-1980) before spending three seasons on the PGA Tour from 1987-89. He began teaching after leaving the Tour and has been at Timacuan since 1991. Recently he opened satellite academies at Stoneybrook East and Stoneybrook West in metropolitan Orlando along with Mike Bender Elite Golf Academies at Sarabande CC in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL and in Seoul, South Korea. These Elite Golf Academies are for competitive junior, collegiate and young professional players who want a world-class, full-time training program that used Bender’s proven techniques for building champion golfers.Bender is also well known for his creation of the MEGSA Perfect Practice Equipment, a revolutionary training station that is used by thousands of amateurs and top professionals including 2007 major winners Johnson and Morgan Pressel. Since the first survey in 2000, Golf Digest has used peer voting on the state and national level to build the Best Teacher lists. This year's list was selected by more than 1,000 teachers from all 50 states who filled out an online ballot. There are more than 30,000 golf professionals in the United States who were eligible for consideration. :: continue »

Bender Again Named to Top 100
NEW YORK, JANUARY 15, 2009—GOLF MAGAZINE, the world’s most widely-read golf publication, recently added eight new instructors to its Top 100 Teachers list for 2009-2010 published in the magazine’s new February issue. Mike Bender of the Mike Bender Golf Academy at Timacuan G.C. in Lake Mary, Florida is again listed among the Top 100 Teachers on the new list and has appeared on the Top 100 Teacher list since 1996.Bender also operates satellite academies at Stoneybrook East G.C. and Stoneybrook West G.C. in metropolitan Orlando and an elite level training center at Sarabande G.C. in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL with another to open in Seoul, South Korea this spring. Bender’s extraordinary technical knowledge of the golf swing has made him one of the most sought after instructors in the game today. He currently coaches many of the game’s top professionals including 2009 Sony Open champion Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd, Mark Hensby, Lee Janzen and LPGA star Seon Hwa Lee.Over the past 15 years, GOLF MAGAZINE’S Top 100 Teachers list has become the industry gold standard, not only because it was the first such list ever issued, but because of the diligent selection process that GOLF MAGAZINE created to assemble the list. Every two years, the magazine starts from scratch to determine the best 100 teachers in the nation.More than 800 nominations are accepted from among 32,000 golf professionals. Each nominee must complete a thorough questionnaire.The final decision to include a teacher among the Top 100 is made by GOLF MAGAZINE’s instruction editors based upon a combination of 10 criteria including: swing knowledge, communications skills, innovative teaching ideas, flexibility in teaching different learning types, proven success, willingness to share knowledge with peers, longevity, success with well-known golfers, number of nominations/recommendations and industry awards. :: continue »

MBGA Student Jason Hak Breaks Sergio's Record
Sergio García is no longer the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour tournament. That record now belongs to Lake Mary, Florida's 14-year-old Jason Hak who trains at the Mike Bender Golf :: continue »

New Custom-fit Putters at MBGA
The word "Couture" stands for custom clothing that is made to fit perfectly to each individual person. Although a slightly changed spelling, "Coutour" putters stand for exactly the same thing; putters :: continue »

Hurst Earns 2009 LPGA Card
ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 7, 2008 – Ten Duramed FUTURES Tour players earned 2009 LPGA membership today by finishing in the top 10 on the season money list including Mike Bender student Vicki Hurst, who topped :: continue »

Two Wins in One Month for Lee
ROGERS, Ark., July 7, 2008 – South Korean Seon Hwa Lee (64-69-68=201, -15) held off Meena Lee and Jane Park today in the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship to become the fourth multiple winner on :: continue »

Anderson named Teacher of the Year
The Mike Bender Golf Academy's newest instructor, Cheryl Anderson returned to her former home base in Metropolitan New York on April 15th to receive the Metropolitan PGA's Teacher of the Year award. Former :: continue »

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