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


Lauren has been a member of our Junior Elite Team for 2 years. She dreams big and then set goals for myself to accomplish along the way to get her where she wants to be.

# of Holes-in-One: 1

Lowest Tournament Round: 67 (-5)

Most Birdies in a Tournament Round: 8

# of Tournaments Completed Under Par: 6

# of Bogey-free Tournament Rounds: 2

Lauren recently won the FJT Tournament at Timacuan and placed 2nd at the FJT Tournament.

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Jennifer Perez

Jennifer has been on the Freedom High Golf Team for 4 years and was their Senior Captain for the 2018 school year. She has played an integral part of the team as they finished in the Top 3 the last two years and were the 2018 District Champions.

Her Coach, Brian O’Neill, says that she hits the driver with much strength and excels in her accuracy. We are so proud to have you on our team!


Loa Johannsson

A highly competitive and self driven athlete, Loa swing the club very strong and has a huge passion for the game. All the way from Iceland, Loa has played Tournaments on the IJGT, FJT and is looking to move into the AJGA. At the age of 12, her Coach, Brian O’Neill, sees huge potential for this young ladies dream to play golf.

Tournament Results:

PJGT: Premier 1&Done at OCN—Loa placed 1st in the Girls 12-14, with a score of 81

Peggy Kirk Bell Tour: 3rd place at the Central Florida Series

IJGT: 1st Place at the MetroWest Classic with a score of 156 for both days.

“Golf is my passion, Golf is my life, Golf is my dream “

“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”


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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.

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Kaelin Breit

Kaelin is a member of the Windemere High School Golf Team Member as a Senior. She has played very hard to get her into the top 3 spots on her team. She is looking forward to playing college golf in Florida.

Kaelin currently plays on the Top50 Jr Tour and the PJGT.

Coach O’Neill enjoys Kaelin hard work ethic when she is at the Academy and her love for the game.


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 and recently placed 8th at the Premier Open at Wentworth.

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!


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.


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 also most recently won the Black Bear Championship through the IJGT. 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!

“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 “


Jacob dunlap—Tampa, Florida

Jacob has been playing golf since 2014 and competed on some of the best Junior Tours such as the GTJGA, Hurricane, PJT, FJT, and North Florida PGA.

Outside of playing golf, he loves Football and working out.

Jacob’s dream foursome would be: Rickie Fowler, Tom Brady, Jack Nicklaus (with Brian O’Neill on his Bag and his Dad as the standard bearer)


Sonia Mistry

Sonia is a senior at Windermere High School and played in the #1 spot on the Golf Team. The team won the 2018 Districts with the help of Sonia’s score of 68. She began playing golf 10 years ago and loves to learn something new each day she steps foot on the course.

Sonia plays on the IJGT and the Hurricane Tour AND carries a 4.7 GPA. Amazing work Sonia!

With Sonia’s strength in consistency and ball striking she has become a star player!