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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

NPC’s Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex opens new Golf Academy

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The Rick Smith Golf Academy opens its first location in Canada

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex is pleased to announce the launch of the Rick Smith Golf Academy (RSGA) for the 2013 season.

One of the premier golf facilities in Canada, Legends on the Niagara is committed to growing the game of golf by offering cutting edge instruction through the highly respected Rick Smith Golf Academy. This is the famed PGA Tour instructor and Golf Digest Contributor Rick Smith’s first signature golf academy in Canada.

“My team and I are very excited to have such a fantastic golf academy location in Canada – Legends on the Niagara is a first-class facility. The management team and golf staff are top-notch and we look forward to offering a truly world-class golf experience at the RSGA to golfers in the region, as well as visitors from all over the globe” said renowned instructor, Rick Smith.

Rick Smith Golf Academies offer customized programs for all golfers from beginners to PGA Tour players. Rick and his elite staff of instructors achieve success by focusing on the fundamentals of the golf swing, keeping a minimal student/teacher ratio to allow for personalized instruction, and using clear communication and state-of-the-art swing analysis video technology.

Bruce Rogerson will serve as Director of Instruction for the RSGA at Legends on the Niagara. A long time Ontario native, Bruce is an accomplished player as well having won the 2010 Ontario PGA Matchplay Championship in addition to the 1997 and 2006 Ontario PGA Championships and winner of the Hunt Trophy in 1997, 2003 and 2006. Prior to accepting the Director of Instruction position, Bruce served as Head Professional at Brantford Country Club where he was Ontario PGA Merchandiser of the Year in 2008.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rick Smith to the Niagara Parks family,” said Janice Thomson, Chair of The Niagara Parks Commission. “Adding a highly acclaimed golf academy like the RSGA is consistent with our focus on building the Niagara region as a premier golfing destination.”

The addition of the Rick Smith Golf Academy is a perfect complement to the offerings NPC’s Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex is able to provide.  According to Curtis Labelle, NPC’s Acting Golf Operations Manager and PGA Head Professional, “Legends on the Niagara is a world-class complex with 45 holes of golf, dining and special event facilities, that is completely open to the public. Now we can boast first-class instruction alongside our award-winning practice facility, while developing golfers and growing the game.”

About Rick Smith
In addition to achieving great success in golf as a teacher, designer and communicator, Rick Smith is regarded as one of the PGA Tour’s best sounding boards for swing advice. In 2009, Rick was ranked as the number two golf instructor in the world by PGA Tour players and since 2000, Rick has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten golf instructors in the world; both polls were done by Golf Digest Magazine, where Rick is a Teaching Editor.

Over Rick Smith’s twenty-five year career within the golf industry, he has been fortunate to work with a client list that includes major champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Paul Azinger, John Daly and Greg Norman. Adding to that list, Rick has assisted PGA Tour winners Rocco Mediate, Jerry Kelly, Chris DiMarco, Billy Mayfair, Matt Kuchar, and Billy Andrade among others.

The Rick Smith Golf Academies offer customized programs for all golfers, from beginners to the PGA Tour’s elite. For more information, please visit www.ricksmith.com

To reserve your spot with the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Legends on the Niagara, please call (905) 295-9595.

About The Niagara Parks Commission
NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.

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For more information, visit www.niagaraparksgolf.com or contact:

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