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Myrtle Beach’s first full time high school golf program created

The Author: NMBG Staff
Published: July 20th, 2009
Last Updated: October 5th, 2022

North Myrtle Beach wants to congratulate Hugh Royer of the Champions Golf Academy and the Low Country Prep School for creating a full-time high school golf program in Myrtle Beach to prepare junior golfers for college admission and scholarship opportunities. The first class of Hugh Royer Champions Golf Academy (HRCGA) students will arrive for enrollment at Lowcountry Prep School on August 17, 2009. Not only does this allow students to learn from one of the best golf instructor’s in the world but also allow students to better their golf game while continuing thier education. Low Country Prep students excel in and out of the class room and this program will allow students to continue success after high school and after college. Over the past decade, 100% of Lowcountry graduates attended college and the SAT scores of Lowcountry Prep students are the highest in Georgetown and Horry Counties.

About Lowcountry Prep School

Founded in 1995, Lowcountry Prep enrolls 200 students in K3-12. An average class size of 13 students, coupled with an upper school faculty with over 40% having a doctoral degree, creates an ideal learning environment. Students complete five high school courses in science and math, as well as four courses in English, History/Government, and Foreign Language, and required classes in music and art.

As one of two schools in South Carolina endorsed by Project Learning Tree and the 2009 grand prize winner in the state-wide public and private school Champions of the Environment contest, Lowcountry Prep capitalizes on its natural resources to provide exemplary education in environmental science. The Lowcountry Prep Leadership Institute develops leadership skills for all students. The school’s commitment to academic excellence is complemented by instilling an ethic of service and moral development that equips graduates for success in college and for a life of meaning and purpose.

About The Hugh Royer Champions Golf Academy

Led by former PGA TOUR player Hugh Royer, III, the Hugh Royer Champions Golf Academy is one of the most distinctive golf learning centers in the country as it features comprehensive training programs for players of all ages and skill levels. Located at the Long Bay Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Hugh Royer CGA opened in March 2007, and debuted its new Long Bay learning center on April 21, 2008. The learning center features an 8,000 square-foot short game area with chipping, putting and bunker practice sites, a 3,500 square-foot building for the offices and golf-specific fitness room, three private teaching bays, state-of the-art video equipment, extensive club fitting technology and a student lounge. Sports psychologist Stephen A. Russo, Ph.D. assists players in handling the mental pressures of the game, and accommodations are included with many of the programs.

Royer turned professional in 1988, and played three years on the PGA Tour, captured four wins on the Nationwide Tour and one victory on the South African Tour. After his retirement in 2000, Royer opened the Columbus Golf Academy in Columbus, Ga., where he served as the Director of Instruction. Royer taught more than three years at the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, S.C. and has worked with PGA, LPGA, Nationwide, and Hooters Tour players, in addition to teaching junior, collegiate and amateur players.


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