Golden Bear Golf Team

The Golden Bear Golf Team by Nicklaus Academy Orlando provides junior golfers the opportunity to combine private instruction with supervised group instruction and on-course playing lessons at the Award Winning Hawk’s Landing Golf Club all in a monthly package. Our goal is to have each Golden Bear Team Member advance to the Nicklaus Academy Junior Elite Team once certain qualifications have been achieved.

The Golden Bear Golf Team Program consists of weekly player development instruction, skills testing and assessments; supervised and open practices; and on-course play. Each player will be paired with a Nicklaus Academy Certified Coach and Mentor for their time on the team.  

For additional information, contact: Brian O’Neill at 407.238.8660 or

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Braden Plaisted

Braden started playing golf at the age of 8. Now 11 years old, Braden is a member of the Golden Bear Golf Team under the coaching of Porter Metcalf, Jr.

Braden enjoys putting and his favorite course to play on is Celebration Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. He is playing on the US Kids Tour and the Top 50 Junior Tour and hopes to continue to become a better golfer at the Nicklaus Academy.

Welcome to the Team, Braden!


Starr Guity

Starr started playing golf at the age of 11. Now at the age of 14, she has joined our Golden Bear Junior Team and hopes to “become a complete player and to shoot lower scores”…and of course “to be on tour one day”. Starr is currently playing on the Hurricane Tour and has loves to be playing new courses.

Welcome to the Team, Starr!