Aynor native Ann Maness — daughter of David and Anita Maness of Union — has been named director of college placement at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), the world’s only academy to combine training, academics and competition.
Maness played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina University where she was a four-time Big South All-Conference selection.
During her career, Maness collected several academic and athletic accolades including Big South Conference Freshman of the Year and team MVP (2006); Big South President’s List (2008); and Coastal Carolina University President’s List (2009). She holds the Big South Conference single-round record of 68.
As director of college placement, Maness will work with Hank Haney IJGA students from 25 countries and 45 U.S. states to develop tournament schedules, resumes and facilitate communication with collegiate coaches.
“Each student at Hank Haney IJGA has different goals but they all share a passion for golf,” Maness said. “Former players have gone on to play at some of the top collegiate programs in the country, and I look forward to helping our current class continue the trend.”
Hank Haney IJGA is the only junior golf academy to have a full-time director of college placement on staff, providing individualized attention for competing at the next level.
Up to 94 percent of previous graduating classes have received college golf scholarships at schools including Oklahoma State University, University of Southern California, University of Georgia, University of Virginia and University of Alabama.
“Ann is highly educated on navigating our students and their parents through the world of junior golf to ultimately receive a college golf scholarship,” said Peter Orrell, president and CEO of Junior Sports Corporation, owner and operator of Hank Haney IJGA. “Her experience as a player in junior and collegiate golf will benefit each student in finding the right fit academically and athletically at the collegiate level.”
Maness recently worked for the South Carolina Junior Golf Association as director of the Horry and Georgetown County chapters. She also served in tournament operations for the American Junior Golf Association and at the University of South Carolina Union at Laurens as an enrollment coordinator.
Maness replaces Lauren Harling who accepted a position as assistant women’s golf coach at Indiana University, her alma mater.
Hank Haney IJGA opened in 1995 with only six golfers. Since then, graduates have gone on to play the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and at top NCAA Division I schools. Hank Haney serves as director of instruction and his studnets have gone on to win every major championship in professional, collegiate, amateur and junior golf.
The full-time golf program at Hank Haney IJGA consists of spending a half day on full swing, short game, course management, mental preparation and fitness training.
For the other part of the day, students in grades five through 12 attend Heritage Academy to complete academic requirements with extensive offerings in college preparatory and honors courses.
From September until May, studnets compete on the International Junior Golf Tour in two and three-day events, with more than 60 tournaments annually held on weekends.
Visit www.ijga.com,email info@IJGA.com or call (800) 791-8229.