Junior Champions

(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:

30-minute Individual Private Lessons

The program includes a 30-minute lessons with each participant’s preferred MBGA instructor. Lessons can be combined i.e. a one-hour lesson, but we recommend shorter, more frequent sessions with our instructors to maximize improvement.

Customized Team Training

Each student will be paired with two other program participants that will schedule team training sessions with their instructors throughout the entirety of the program.

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.

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.

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 10% discount on all additional services at the Mike Bender Golf Academy while enrolled in the Junior Champions Program.

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



7th – Short game tests

14th – Distance wedges, wedge range challenge

21st – Short game shots, lag putting



5th – 1-3pm Aimpoint training

12th–Play with the pro – 3:30 pm (tbd)

19st –full swing training, Ball striking challenge



9th – Bill Nelson mental game– goals

16th – Play with Pro – 3:30 (tbd)

23rdth – Short Game School – 1-4

30th – Lag putting and speed control





6th – Customizing routines (think box, play box, memory box)

13th – Shot shaping for full swing

20th Balance, tempo, tension training

21st – short game school 1-4pm

27th – Rough (Full swing and short game)




 6th    short game competition

13th    Drivers, driver challenge

20th – Play with the pro 3:30pm (tbd)

27th   54 shot challenge


3rd – Uneven lies (full swing and short game)

10th – Tournament preparation, a proper warm up.

17th  – How to make a yardage book and play a practice round

24th – Play with pro 3:30pm (tbd)



1st – full swing (short irons)

8th – on course – understanding wind, slope and rough -tbd

22nd – Drive, chip and putt



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


“Eden absolutely loves having you a teacher.  She has found a new passion for golf!  Thanks for everything!”

– Parent