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.
Director of Instruction
Matt Fields is a Pinehurst native whose golf career spans over twenty years.
As the former Director of Golf for the International Junior Golf Academy, Matt has worked alongside top instructors including Gary Gilchrist, Hank Haney and Peter Krause. During his time at the academy Matt has coached and mentored both national and international elite junior golfers.
Over one hundred championships worldwide have been won by Matt’s students. Among the multitude of talented golfers Matt has instructed are professionals Morgan Hoffmann, ShanShan Feng, Richy Werenski, Amelia Lewis, Stephanie Meadow and 2017 Masters low amateur Stewart Hagestad.
Matt’s vast knowledge of swing mechanics and exceptional interpersonal skills provide the ideal level of support and guidance desired for his students to reach their full potential.
Throughout his career Matt has traveled internationally educating coaches and developing golf training programs. Matt has been featured in numerous highly distinguished golf publications as well as appearances on the Golf Channel.
In all, Matt is a hard worker dedicated to the game of golf and passionate about developing golfers.
Dr. Lauren S. Tashman, CMPC
Dr. Lauren S. Tashman, CMPC©is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC©) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), providing mental performance coaching and leadership advising to clients worldwide.
Lauren works with athletes to help them use their minds to their advantage and develop and hone leadership skills.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, and her Master’s and PhD degrees in Educational Psychology with a major in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. Lauren has worked for over 10 years with a variety of sports, such as golf, softball, baseball, gymnastics, soccer, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis, basketball, and volleyball at a variety of levels including youth, collegiate, recreational, professional, and national/Olympic. In addition, she provides supervision/mentoring for individuals pursuing AASP CMPC©and is the Mental Performance Coach for Canada’s Women’s National Softball Team.
Previously, Lauren was an Associate Professor in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) as well as Coordinator of the SEPP master’s program at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She also served as the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services, providing mental performance coaching to the Barry athletes, coaches, and teams as well as supervising the
master’s students with their practicum experiences. She has conducted research and assisted with graduate student research on a variety of topics, such as burnout and perfectionism in coaching, case-based approaches to training in sport, exercise, and performance psychology, coaches’ perceptions of athlete leadership, and athletes’ perspectives on vision and cognitive-perceptual training. During her PhD, she was very fortunate to have a graduate research assistantship in cognitive psychology led by world-renowned cognitive psychologist Dr. K. Anders Ericsson. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has presented and done workshops and seminars for various conferences and groups nationally and internationally, and co-edited two books published by Routledge: “Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: a Global Perspective” (2014) and “Global Practices and Training in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology” (2016).
Lauren grew up doing equestrian show jumping for 13 years competing in major competitions up and down the east coast. She "fell" into sport psychology and found her passion for helping others achieve their goals.