Simultaneously, while running junior golf academies, Gary has trained many of the games top PGA and LPGA professionals helping these players achieve remarkable success-including 8 major championships, 3 players ascending to #1 World Ranking, a dozen players reaching top 10 world rankings and a bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympic games. To date, Gary’s professional students have a combined 67 wins on the PGA, European, and LPGA tours.
Gary loves every aspect of the game of golf. Some might call it an obsession. His passion to help every player improve and his talent in identifying a player’s challenges and path to improvement is unmatched in the game. With 30 years of coaching experience, he knows his uncomplicated approach to instruction works. He has taught every level of player in the business and had a great deal of fun along the way.
Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Gilchrist dreamed of playing professional golf like many juniors. After playing golf for two years at Texas A & M, Gilchrist’s dream came true when he won the South African PGA Tour School and started competing against the likes of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Gilchrist played on South Africa’s elite Sunshine Tour for five years, and was a three-time winner on the South African PGA Winter Tour.
Later, Gilchrist’s professional golf interests led him to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida, where he assisted Leadbetter coaching PGA Tour players such as Nick Price, David Frost, Mark O’Meara, Andy Bean and Els. After seemingly being at the pinnacle of his coaching career, though, Gilchrist ventured toward unchartered territory: junior golf.
In 1995, Gilchrist was charged with developing the first full-time junior golf academy in the world. After running IMG’s David Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy as the Director of Golf from 1995-2004, Gilchrist took his expertise to the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he oversaw hundreds of elite junior and professional golfers for another three years.
Though Gilchrist was initially trained as a technical teacher, he quickly realized to take golfers to the next level, they needed to master more than just technique – they also needed a comprehensive training program that incorporated every aspect of being a champion and that’s just what he did with starting the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.
Gary has a proven track record with students at every level of the game. His training philosophy is about taking a beginner to a winner with a personalized development plan that helps build confidence along the way.