Junior Elite Team

Join a select group of motivated players and dedicated coaches with a common focus on building a complete game---and a complete player.

The Nicklaus Academy Junior Elite Team provides junior golfers the opportunity to combine private instruction, supervised practice sessions, unlimited range balls, access to dedicated practice areas and the Award Winning Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, and vital tournament scheduling and support all in a monthly package.

A kids grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you to behave.
— Jack Nicklaus

2019 Nicklaus Academy Junior Elite Team

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A member of our Junior Elite Team for 2 years, PJ most recently won the 2018 Junior Honda Classic with a bogey free tournament round. His other wins include the Top50 Jr. Tour National Championship and the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta in his age group.

Lowest Tournament Round: 68

# of Hole in Ones: 3

PJ was featured on the Morning Drive on the Golf Channel in March 2019. Click on on his name above to see the highlights. PJ won the Drive competition at the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship and placed 3rd overall in his age category.

PJ aspires to play Division1 college golf and play on the PGA Tour.


Sam Scaletta

Sam has been playing golf since 2017 and already has experienced having a “hole-in-one” playing for her high school team. WOW! Sam plays for the Lake Nona Varsity Golf Team and hopes to one day be able to play her favorite course, Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas.

Sam most recently played in the Premier Junior Golf Tour and placed 6th at the Orange Lake Resort and Country Club.

Her upcoming tournaments include: April 6th & 7th AJGA Junior Preview in Boca Raton and April 27th-28th FJT in Estero Florida.


Kate Herod

Kate started playing golf in the 6th grade and plays for the Windemere High School Golf Team. She is currently ranked 26th on the Premier Junior Golf Tour , placed 8th at the Premier Open at Wentworth and placed 6th on the Premier Junior Tour. The first weekend of April, Kate won the Girl 15-18 age division at the PJGT Tournament in Eagle Grove!

Kate’s best score for 9-holes is 42 and 89 for 18-holes.

Kate is looking forward to playing college golf in a couple of years and we are sure she will get there as she is a lover of the game and has such a positive attitude!


Gaby Shortridge

Gaby is a sophomore of the Freedom High School Golf Team and was a key player in their most recent 2018 District Champs. She recently won a 2-day tournament at Orange Lake Resort shooting a 71/79. She also competed in the Black Bear Championship through the IJGT and competed in an AJGA Preview and finished 11th. Congratulations Gaby!

Gaby competes on the Hurricane Tour as well as the FJT Tour.

Gaby’s coach, Brian O’Neill mentions that Gaby has a very consistent game and her strength is in her short game!

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Meyher Khokhar

Meyher joined the Junior Elite Team in the Summer of 2019 and started playing golf at the age of 7. Now 11 years old, she has been playing on the US Kids Golf Tournament and placing between 3rd and 5th place.

Meyher said that she loves learning from Coach O”Neill because he is fun and easy to learn from. Welcome to the Team!


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Jordan started to play golf at the age of 5 and has competed on some of the Top Junior Tours in the country such as AJGA, Meijer Junior Golf Tour, US Kids Golf, and the Junior PGA.

Jordan recently placed 3rd at the Medalist Tournament in 2018 on the Meijer Tour Series also won Top 50 junior event at Rio Pinar.

Jordan is a strong driver of the golf ball and visits the Academy monthly to train with his Coach, Brian O’Neill.


“Coach Brian, truly cares for each and every one of his students. I have never seen a Coach put in so much time and energy into trying to make his students the absolute best. He not only has such a passion for teaching but he truly wants to make you a better golfer and person”

“Thanks again for all you are doing. I cannot wait until my son shows back up on the tournament circuit and they all look at him and say “who is that kid “