Hank Haney and the International Junior Golf Academy have gone their separate ways, according to an article in the Hilton Head Island Packet, in part because of the noted instructor's various other obligations.
Peter Orrell, president and CEO at IJGA parent company Junior Sports Corporation, said the split was mutual."Hank has made an enormous contribution to the IJGA," Orrell said. "He's a guy I have grown to respect and like. The guy has been an awesome coach and has a great work ethic."Haney is not quoted in the article; his agent said they would have more to say once details are finalized. Although Orrell mostly praised Haney, the CEO said of the IJGA's new director of instruction, Kevin Smeltz, "He's not going to be here once in a while, he's going to be here all the time."
Orrell said a new baby and other professional obligations kept Haney from Hilton Head more than both sides would have liked.
Haney joined the IJGA in 2007, but the Hilton Head Island school has been busy updating its image to reflect their recent split. His name has been taken off the website and the academy's vans, according to the article, which also states that the IJGA is no longer in business with Haney's sponsors, Crocs and TaylorMade.
Orrell said the academy is moving in a positive direction. He noted its expansion to four golf courses, investment in high-end teaching technology, quality coaches and a staff club fitter.(Photo: AP)
He compared the academy's split with Haney to Haney's split from Woods.
"It was time for us to move on," Orrell said.