GGGA Alumnus Tim Gornik Advances to European Tour Q School Second Stage

GGGA alumnus Tim Gornik is one step closer to making his dream a reality.

This weekend, Gornik successfully earned his progression through to the second stage of the European Tour Q School, after netting himself a 6th place finish at Circle Golf Bogogno which is set to take place in Spain, after a series of competitive rounds that netted Gornik with a 6th place finish at Golf Club Bogogno in Bogono, Italy.

Gornik set the pace after the first round, firing a 7-under 65 to hold the first round lead. He then closed with an even-par 72 to earn one of 24 spots in the field of 102 players. Gornik started the tournament aggressively, and was able to successfully sink an impressive total of 7 birdies for his 65, which set a positive tone throughout the rest of the tournament.

Gornik, of Slovenia, began as a promising junior attending the Full-Time Junior Program at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. A successful junior career in his time at GGGA helped him earn a scholarship to Duke University.

After graduating in May, Gornik hopes to make a smooth transition into professional golf.

At the end of the last stroke on Sunday, roughly a quarter of the total players entries earned a spot at the second stage of play that will ultimately set the mark for the European Tour in 2015.

“This was a great accomplishment for another great player to emerge out of our elite training grounds here at GGGA,” said Gary Gilchrist. “I’m very proud of Tim and his performance this weekend.”

The Second Qualifying Stage gets underway Nov. 7-10 to be held at four different clubs in Spain. Approximately 80 players will then advance to the Final Stage to be held one week later at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

This adds another great victory to the proud GGGA alumni and Slovenian national player.


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

The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through exclusive relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association.

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 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. Gilchrist teaches many of the games top juniors and pros at the Academy, including Morgan Hoffmann, Shanshan Feng, Fabrizio Zanotti and many more.