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Dear WNY Parents, Coaches and Juniors,

It is my pleasure to share with you a prestigious and exciting opportunity for your players and for golf in Western New York. We are one of only 14 sites in the entire country to have a USA Junior National Team Golf Program.

The USA Junior National Team Golf Program is a relatively new entity which is in its second year nationally. Huge industry names like Annika Sorenstam and Chuck Evans are examples of team coaches. It is a high performance coaching program that combines golf technique, mindset training, on course skills, fitness and self- development.

I’m Gary Occhino and I’m honored to inform you that I am one of the 14 select coaches chosen and entrusted to implement the USA Junior National program.
We launched a “Future Stars” level program in September and the four young men participating are improving tremendously and playing beautifully. Our local program is hosted at Harvest Hill GC and Orchard Park CC in the outdoor season; it is hosted at The Village Greens High Definition Golf and at Golf Headquarters (Wehrle) during the indoor season. We spend 10-12 hours a month coaching the juniors.

Our WNY program is ready to expand. Dave Patronik, a former Section 6 standout and college golf coach, outstanding player and person is added to our coaching staff. Together, we aim to provide young men and young women with the best opportunity the area has ever seen. The USA Junior National Program is now the benchmark for developmental golf; we are ready to turn our Section 6 golfers into elite, recognized players who represent the wonderful game with class and dignity.

There will be two upcoming information nights for parents, players and coaches.                               They will be at the following locations and times:
Tuesday, December 30th at The Village Greens in Orchard Park @ 5:30pm                  Saturday, January 17th at Golf Headquarters in Williamsville @ 3:30pm

Please share this opportunity with your players. I’ve also created a flier (below) for parents and players to share. Should any of you want more details prior to the information night, please contact me personally. There is also the USA Junior Golf website which is

Thank You,
Gary Occhino




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