Ray Travaglione founded the International Junior Golf Academy ( IJGA ) and the International Junior Golf Tour ( IJGT ) they provided a platform for thousands of junior golfers to receive scholarships to colleges and universities since 1997. Ray has always been motivated by doing meaningful things that make a difference in peoples lives thus he left a thriving Wall Street career to pursue his passion, helping student athletes achieve their goals. Ray started the first privately owned year round boarding school for student athletes, the IJGA, subsequently he began a junior tour, the IJGT to provide a venue for competition for his students as well as junior golfers from around the country and the world. Next Ray started a middle and high school, the Heritage Academy, whose mission was to provide an accredited academic program in an abbreviated schedule so students could train daily in the sport of their choice. Over 95% of Heritage Academy students received scholarships to college.
Ray stepped away from the junior golf boarding school business in 2010 to start a program for obese youngsters, he wanted to help these teens find a path to a healthy lifestyle. The program, MindStream Academy gained national attention and played a part in turning the tide on childhood obesity as well as saving many lives. Ray decided he wanted to go back into the junior golf space, identified a niche and has created a program that is solely focused on the specific needs of training young female athletes, the G2 Academy.
Ray is married to his wife Terry of 38 years, has two sons, Taylor and Matthew, daughter in law Natalie and an amazing two year old granddaughter, Olivia. Ray's passion for life, sports and family is evident in all he does.
Ryley Hendry grew up playing competitive golf in Canada before receiving a full golf scholarship to the University of New Mexico where she competed for four years, earning All American recognition.
Ryley graduated with a Master's in Sports Administration before moving to Hilton Head Island where she spent 14 years in the Junior Golf Academy industry. Throughout her time in the industry, Ryley has been involved with various responsibilities as she helped grow and develop the Academy program. She is keen to begin assisting the students of G2 Academy with their growth, development and achieving their goals. Junior golf is a passion of Ryley's and she enjoys watching the students as they progress from junior golf to college golf and beyond. Her mission is have a positive and transformational impact on their lives.
Ryley lives in Bluffton, SC with her husband Joel and her two daughters, Effie and Milly. They enjoy all things sports, outdoor activities, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Hope Luker started playing golf at fourteen and since then her passion for the game has grown and turned into a career. She attended Mississippi State where she participated in the PGA Golf Management program. While in the program, Hope completed multiple internships where she learned about the industry and grew her professional portfolio. In Summer 2013, she worked for the Northern Texas PGA, teaching golf camps and working in golf tournament operations. In 2014, she spent 8 months working for i3 Sports based in Hong Kong, where she gained experience in media and golf marketing, and got hands on experience working a European Challenge Tour event in mainland China, running multiple junior tour events in China, and assisted the media operations team at the Thailand Golf Championship. The next summer, she interned for the digital media team at the 144th Open at St. Andrews.
After graduating from Mississippi State with a marketing degree, Hope began working in the golf academy industry and under the leadership of Ryley Hendry learned what it takes to run and grow a successful junior academy focused on the development of junior golfers.
When asked the join the G2 Team, Hope felt that it was a perfect fit for her. As a part of the team, she aims to use the work ethic she learned from golf and passion she has for the game and the industry to help grow a great place for young women to share in the experience and lessons she had as a junior.
Hope is married to the best matchplay partner she’s ever had and they’re currently making plans for their infant daughter to win the 2036 (ish) US Open.
Lead Performance Coach
After turning professional in his early twenties, Dan Jackson’s passion for competing was eclipsed by his desire to help others. He began his career in coaching with the United Kingdom National Team Coaches, then moved on to work with David Leadbetter and his academies in Austria, Germany, and the Worldwide Junior Headquarters in Florida. Since then, Dan has continued to work with elite players preparing them for life as a collegiate player and on professional tours throughout the world.
"I’ve trained many adults and professional golfers but what really excites me is preparing young athletes to become proficient in the gym, developing an enjoyment for physical activity, and a deep understanding of how the body works during the golf swing" states Jackson. "Along with the elite team of professionals that G2 has created, on both the golf and administration side, all geared towards helping the player, and the beautiful facilities and town of Bluffton/Hilton Head."
Jackson is responsible for the development and performance of each of the players at the Academy. He works very closely with the students on improving all areas of their game and educating them on becoming self-sufficient elite players.
Fully versed in Rapsodo Trackman, Swing Catalyst (Ground Force Reaction), BodiTrak, Blast Motion, K-Motion (3D Analysis software).
Within the training program players will go through a specifically designed training program that will incorporate all these phases. It creates an environment where there is no wasted time within training. Players are fully engaged and are constantly improving and retaining new skills that they are learning to master. This system is called the Levels of Competence and was designed by Jackson in combination with his research into player development within his MS.c and based on 15 years of coaching.
Golf Performance Team
Betty has always been passionate about women's sports. Before the age of Title IX, she was a 3-sport athlete at the University of Dayton, earning her a spot in the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. Betty played on the LPGA Tour for two years, and then qualified and played in the 1982 US Women's Open.
Betty is one of the most distinguished golf professionals and educators in the nation. She was the Men's Head Golf Coach at DePaul University for 19 years. Under Betty's leadership, her teams were named Academic National Champions four times, in addition to winning conference honors and putting together unbelievable tournament rounds.
Prior to spearheading the growth of the DePaul program, she was a teaching professional at Pine Meadow Golf Club and the Lake Forest (IL) Heath and Fitness Institute. She also served as a teaching pro for the Golf Learning Centers of America from 1994-98.
Betty is the mother of 3 sons and a daughter. She and her husband Jamie call Lake Forest, IL home and spend much of their time at their second home on Callawassie Island in Okatie, SC.
Golf Performance Team
Shelley Woolner is a 40 year member of the PGA of Canada with focus primarily on teaching and instruction.
She started out in Canada, teaching and running a facility which developed into a focus on coaching, specifically juniors and women as the co-owner and instructor for Canada's National Golf School. She continued to build her resume and reputation in the golf industry, appearing for weekly segments on Canada's #1 Golf Show, ACURA WORLD OF GOLF, in addition to Guest Instructor Appearances on The Golf Channel's ACADEMY GOLF LIVE program.
Shelley was the Head Instructor for Canada's National Golf School Links for Women until 2014. In 2015, she began a 2 year tenure at The International Junior Golf Academy, under the leadership of CEO Ryley Hendry.
Shelley is incredibly passionate and cares deeply for the G2 Girls and helping them achieve their goals. She says there is nothing more rewarding than working with the girls and uses her expertise to help them understand course management strategics and fundamental understanding of the swing.
Golf Performance Team
Rebecca joined the G2 Academy Performance Team, as she continues to learn and develop her skills and apply her knowledge and experience in competitive golf. Rebecca is currently a Level 3 Apprentice in the LPGA Teaching Program, working towards the LPGA Certification. She played 4 years of golf at Saint Francis College, then interned for the AJGA in 2014-2015 before starting her teaching career at RedTail Golf Center in Beaverton, OR. She has been a Tournament Director for the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour since 2018 in addition to teaching at the Robert Linville Precision Golf School, while continuing to work towards her goal of becoming an LPGA certified professional.