Dave Seanor Acquires TGA Premier Junior Golf Franchise in Orlando
Dave Seanor, experienced sports journalist, has acquired a new TGA Premier Junior Golf franchise for the north Orlando, Florida marketplace. TGA, the first and largest national school-based golf program, continues its successful nationwide expansion with a second youth sports franchise in the Orlando area.
TGA Premier Junior Golf has already made a significant impact in the state of Florida with franchises in south Orlando, Miami-Dade County and the Space Coast areas. This impact is expected to be expanded with the addition of a 2nd franchise is Orlando.
Seanor, a 17-year resident of Central Florida, enjoyed a successful career as a sports journalist, working at daily newspapers in Detroit, New York and Chicago before taking on editorial management roles with PGA and Golfweek magazines. He was the editor of Golfweek for 13 years, frequently directing coverage of growing-the-game initiatives such as Golf 20/20 and The First Tee. Seanor, 59, and his wife Patti have two grown children.
"Adding Dave Seanor, who has intimate knowledge of the golf industry and his community, to our team of franchisees will impact Orlando's junior golf landscape immediately. Dave's business experience and passion for working with youth is the perfect combination for developing successful junior golf programs," says Joshua Jacobs, chief executive officer of TGA.
"My golf media background has given me many opportunities to hear and evaluate discussions about the game's future," explains Seanor. "I became intrigued by TGA after meeting Joshua Jacobs at the PGA Merchandise Show last January. There's no question in my mind that among all the proposals and existing programs, TGA offers the most effective and achievable strategy for creating new golfers and introducing children to the game's ethos."
"The state of Florida, with its high concentration of golfers and golf courses, along with its golf tradition, is an important geographic market for TGA in our mission to grow the game. It's exciting to add yet another TGA franchise in the state of Florida that will impact schools while enriching the lives of students."
TGA Premier Junior Golf of North Orlando is expected to impact thousands of youth annually by introducing the game of golf to children at elementary and middle schools, child care centers and community organizations through a multi-level enrichment program. TGA will then transition students to local partner golf courses through summer camps and parent-child clinics, which will create new customers for these courses and create new golfers.
TGA's Five Level Enrichment Program enables children to advance from one stage to the next while building confidence and self-esteem. The unique curriculum is designed to enrich students' lives through physical activity, health and nutrition and character building. The program also incorporates academic lessons in math, science, social studies and language.
Seanor has come full circle with TGA. "During college, I intended to make a career of teaching and coaching," he says. "But I caught the newspaper bug as a senior, and 37 years of journalism intervened. Now I'm looking forward to working with kids, which is something I've always wanted to do. It's an added bonus that the platform happens to be golf."
TGA's sports franchises, which run the leading school-based youth golf and tennis programs in the U.S., are geared toward motivated self-starters who are passionate about the sport, their community and who enjoy working with children. Each franchise offers not only business ownership and job opportunities in the industry, but also unique ways to grow the sports.