IMG Academy's Mika Liu is the new #1 overall player in the latest Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Women's Amateur rankings, released earlier this week. Fifteen-year old Liu most recently competed at the 83rd Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur Championship where she finished runner-up to former San Diego State golfer, Gina Clark, 3 and 2 at the prestigious amateur match play event. Along the way at the Ione D.
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A dozen Major League Soccer and international clubs are set to train and compete this pre-season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with a number of teams arriving on a rolling basis for training, Jan. 25 - Feb. 15. Following the training period, eight separate clubs will arrive for the inaugural IMG Suncoast Pro Classic, Feb. 18-28.
IMG Academy's Hjalte Froholdt was featured on a recent airing of Trans World Sport. Trans World is one of the longest running sports programs in the world and is seen in nearly 60 countries. The story highlights Froholdt's senior campaign that saw the Arkansas Razorbacks commit record 58 tackles (37 solo, 21 ast) and 7.5 sacks as he helped lead the Ascenders to a 10-1 overall record. After the season, Froholdt was honored as the Defensive Big Man Award winner at the annual Football Program Awards Banquet.
Kei Nishikori arrived at IMG Academy at the age of 14 to maximize potential, and barely a decade later, he is featured on the cover of TIME Magazine after a historic run in 2014. Over the previous year, Nishikori became the first Asian male player to reach a Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open in September and to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals. In addition to four singles championships, the Shimane, Japan native finished the year ranked #5 in the ATP Tour rankings.
When Russell Wilson prepared for the 2012 NFL Draft at IMG Academy, he had an opportunity to work with two players who would go on to become two of the premier linebackers in the entire NFL; current teammate Bobby Wagner and Panthers LB Luke Kuechly. Their shared experience and familiarity may prove useful when the Seahawks (12-4) host the Panthers (8-8-1) at Century Link Field on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 pm on FOX Sports.
Florida State football fans saw a potential quarterback of the future in the 2015 edition of the Under Armour All-American Game on Friday at Tropicana Field.
IMG Academy senior Deondre Francois took turns under center for Team Highlight and found his groove during a 46-6 victory against Team Armour.
Francois completed 4 of 4 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. His lone blemish came on a fumbled handoff to his running back that resulted in a turnover with 7 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The fumble occurred inside the opponent's 10-yard line.
For IMG Academy golf instructor Grant Price, 2014 was quite the roller coaster. Caught in the throes of battling cancer, Price still made an intensely positive impact in the performance of two pupils, IMG Academy alumni Jessica Korda and Emiliano Grillo. In 2014, Korda and Grillo combined for three professional titles, filling the veteran instructor with a sense of pure joy for the two.
At the age of 14, Pablo Aguilar made the decision to leave his native Guatemala and chase his soccer dreams at IMG Academy. Aguilar’s dream was to one day attend a top U.S. university and win a national championship. On Sunday, Dec. 14, Aguliar’s dream came true when the University of Virginia upended #2-seed UCLA in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship after a 4-2 penalty kick shootout. A dream made more surreal for the redshirt freshmen when he was thrust into the starting lineup after an injury to senior starter Eric Byrd.
10/30/14 IMG Academy JV & Varsity Boys Basketball vs Impact