GGGA student Cordova wins Optimist Junior Tour at Barefoot Resort

GGGA student Luis Cordova delivered in solid form, winning the Optimist Junior Tour event at Barefoot as GGGA students took the top three spots on the leaderboard.

Cordova, of Mexico and a student in the Full-Time Junior Program, closed with a 1-under 71 Sunday to edge fellow GGGA student Manuel Torres by two and Andres Arango by four in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Torres, of Venezuela, closed with a 1-over 73 to finish second at +2 and Arango, of Colombia, took third at +4 after closing with a 1-under 71.

Nos. 16 and 18 were favorites for Cordova, as he birdied both in the first and second rounds. Cordova also added a birdie on 15 Sunday to close his back nine in 1-under 35.


The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, located near Orlando, FL in Howey in the Hills, is the world’s premier junior golf academy.

The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics. In addition to the junior golf program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults.

Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, has been recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2013-2014 and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. Gilchrist teaches many of the games top juniors and pros at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, of which include: Morgan Hoffmann, Shanshan Feng, Sandra Gal and many more.