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The coaching staff at Bishops Gate Golf Academy boasts an unrivalled combination of experience and success. Not only do we have an outstanding track record in junior golf development, but our coaches have also achieved success with players at all levels of the game.

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Manuel Bermudez

Manuel Bermudez

Director of Golf

Manuel Bermudez is from Valencia, Venezuela, and started playing golf at 12 years of age in his home town. He first made the National Junior Team at the age of 14 and played all the way until he turned 18. From 16 to 22 years of age he was a member of the Venezuelan National team.

Manuel was offered a golf scholarship to play for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he made the all-conference team two years in row. He was also awarded for excellence in academics and athletics.

After a successful amateur and college career where he played the U.S Amateur at Baltusrol and had strong finishes at The Southern and The South Eastern Amateur, he turned professional. He played on the PGA of Latin-American and was a member of the challenge tour for 5 seasons.

Background: After years of experience as an amateur and as a professional player, Manuel decided that his passion and purpose was sharing his knowledge and experience with juniors and through coaching.

In Venezuela, Manuel started teaching juniors at his home course, Guataparo, and it was here that he discovered his love for teaching the game. After two years teaching in Venezuela, Manuel knew that he needed to find the right environment to take his learning and growth to the next level.

In 2011 Manuel joined the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy as a golf coach and spent the next three years coaching some of the top juniors and players in the world.

  • He had the opportunity to assist Charles Howell III, Yani Tseng, DA Points, Shanshan Feng, Peter Hanson, Alex Rocha, Alison Walsh, Morgan Pressel and Morgan Hoffmann while working at GGGA
  • Work at Yani Tseng’s golf Camp Swinging Skirts at Taiwan
  • Organized and ran clinics in Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, Cayman Island, Costa Rica, China, and Taiwan
  • Spent 6 weeks training the staff of Tianama Golf academy in Shanghai, China and outsourced the training program.
  • Guest speaker with Tony Bennet and Jesus Rodriguez for the XVIII Seminario de la AAG para profesionales y encargados de las escuelas de menores, sponsored by the R&A and the PGA of Europe.
  • Guest speaker in company with Jesus Rodriguez and Glen Cundari for the XIV Seminario para profesionales y encargados de las escuelas de menores, sponsor by the R&A and the PGA of Europe.
  • Organized and ran the assessment camp for the Taiwan Golf junior Association
  • Coached multiple Rolex Junior All-Americans
  • Coached a U.S Amateur Public Links Women’s Champion
  • Coached multiple AJGA Winners, as well as winners in numerous Junior Tours in the US
  • Coached players into their respective national team including Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, China, and Mexico
  • Coached players into top colleges in the US including the University of Georgia, Baylor University, Auburn University, and University of Arkansas

Certification:

  • TPI Fitness level II certified
  • TPI Junior level Certified
  • TPI Golf Level II
  • K-vest level III certified
  • SamLab Putting Level II certified
  • FlightScope certified
  • Extended training on the K-vest lab on 3D and Biomechanics
Martin Hoyos

Martin Hoyos

Golf Coach, Assistant Director of Golf

Martin Hoyos is from Bogotá, Colombia, and started playing golf when he was 12 old at San Andres Golf Club. He represented Colombia in multiple international events before finishing high school.

Martin played at Wichita State University for four years under a golf scholarship where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, member of Dean’s honor roll and Athletics honor roll every semester. After college he turned pro and began working at the University’s golf course as an assistant pro, before returning to Colombia to compete in both the local and Latin American tours.

As a player, Martin enjoyed success from the start, winning the Colombian Q-school in 2007 and then winning again his first pro event on his home soil later that year. During his competitive career he won 8 events, was a member of the Latin American Tour and entered in numerous events around the world.

Background: After competing for over 7 years at pro level and with a couple of injuries slowing his progress, Martin pursued his other passion in teaching. With already some experience as an Assistant Pro, he started working as a Director of Golf at San Andres Golf Club, the place where his golfing career started. He oversaw the complete golf operation there and also taught the members and elite players. He was there for over two years before going independent to teach only elite players.

His players have earned wins on different local and international events, and also will pursue scholarships in college. Right before coming to Bishops Gate La Loma, two of his students were ranked as the #1 amateur and the #1 junior amateur in Colombia.

Professional Certifications

  • Vision 54 seminar, by Pia Nilson and Lynn Marriott
  • Trackman seminar
  • K-Vest Seminar
  • TPI Junior level 1
  • Titleist club fitting
  • Club repair and custom grinds