New lead instructor brings competitive insights to Golf Academy at Old Greenwood |

New lead instructor brings competitive insights to Golf Academy at Old Greenwood

Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comJessica Yam is the new lead instructor at The Gold Academy at Old Greenwood.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Keith Lyford, director of instruction at the Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, announced the addition of Jessica Yam as a member of his teaching staff.

Yam’s strong golf background and long list of achievements make her the perfect fit for the lead instructor position at The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, said Lyford.

Yam began playing golf at the age of 10 in San Diego. She amassed a successful junior career that included competing in the Junior Worlds and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Events, earning Player of The Year for San Diego Junior Golf, and finishing second overall in the International Junior Golf Tour.

Her junior playing career enabled her to receive a full golf scholarship to Denver University. After two years, she transferred to UC Davis. Her four-year college golf career included several top-10 finishes. Yam also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and tied for eighth as an amateur in the Women’s Colorado Open. In 2009, she graduated from UC Davis with a dual degree in Communications and Psychology.

and#8220;Jessica’s education should serve her well in her teaching career,and#8221; Lyford said. and#8220;Two of the best qualities that a golf instructor can possess are communication skills and sports psychology and#8212; because as we all know golf is a mental game.and#8221;

Working with all ages and playing abilities is one of Yam’s true passions. She comes to Old Greenwood from Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, where she instructed adult group classes. In addition, she taught several junior summer camps at Del Paso Country Club, also in Sacramento.

and#8220;Jessica’s teaching experience along with the fact that she is an excellent player and her educational background are all important,and#8221; said Lyford. and#8220;But what will separate her from all the other pros in the area is the extensive training she has received, and will continue to receive, becoming a certified instructor at The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood.and#8221;

As lead instructor at the academy, Yam will give individual and group lessons and conduct a weekly ladies’ golf clinic along with junior clinics. She’ll work together with Lyford on golf schools, junior camps and corporate camps.

and#8220;The Academy will truly benefit from having a strong woman instructor, as many women like to take lessons from a female pro,and#8221; Lyford said. and#8220;Jessica will be able to address the unique characteristics of a woman’s swing and better relate to their game.and#8221;

Yam is currently an apprentice professional with the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA).

For more information on The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, call (530) 550-2670 or visit

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