SGA was founded in 2015 as a Finnish amateur coaching program. In five years, we have developed into an international program with 32 players from Finland, Estonia and Portugal in our training groups.
Season Golf Academy
WE AIM TO CREATE ELITE PLAYERS BY OFFERING A COMPREHENSIVE AND PROFESSIONALLY STRUCTURED COACHING PROGRAM.
Season Golf Academy (SGA) is a coaching program focusing exclusively on competitive players. We offer training for tournament junior, elite amateur and professional players who aim at succeeding on European and US professional tours. Our programs are available for players from any country and any golf club.
WE FOCUS ON MEDIUM TO LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT. EACH STEP ALONG THE JOURNEY IS NECESSARY FOR THE ULTIMATE OUTCOME.
All SGA’s programs are full-time, and players register for them for a minimum of 11-months. Because player development is a structured, long-term process, we don’t offer any short-term coaching services.
RESPECT IS CENTRAL FOR ANY COACH-PLAYER RELATIONSHIP TO WORK.
In all SGA’s operations we respect and adhere to the following values:
- Performance: Our mission is to support the development of our athletes that strive for elite performance at the highest level. We seek to understand the unique individual qualities, demands and goals of our players, and commit ourselves to developing a tailor-made roadmap for each of them.
- Respect: Our coaches, athletes and management uphold respect for each other in all circumstances. At elite levels of performance this is an absolute requirement.
- Long-term commitment: Our coaches, athletes and management have the dedication, discipline and patience to carry out the long-term process necessary for achieving each player’s individual goals.
- Open communication: We strive to maintain mutually open and confidential communication with our players about all matters relevant for their success. We believe that open communication and trust are prerequisites for excellence.
David Da Silva
David Da Silva
- Turned professional and moved from South Africa to Portugal in 1990
- Represented Portugal in the World Championships in 1991
- Played 5 Portuguese Open and European Tour events as Portugal's Top Player
- Trained with Butch Harmon at the School of Golf, Rio Secco, Las Vegas USA, 1998/99
- Opened Harmon School Vilamoura with Claude Harmon in 1999
- Coached the Portuguese boys national team as well as several internationally successful junior, amateur and professional players
- SGA’s Head Coach since the beginning of the Academy’s operations in 2015
- 15 Years of Tournament golf (Satellite Tours and CT)
- Turned professional 2013
- 2 wins as professional on Satellite Tour Level
- SGA assistant coach since 2017
- Currently carrying out level 3 PGA training for coaches in the Finnish PGA
I'm Sanna, a Ladies European Tour player from Helsinki. I turned pro in the end of 2014 after playing NCAA golf for 4 years and getting my B.S. degree in Sport Psychology at TCU, Texas. I joined the SGA program 2017 when we started to rebuild my golf swing with coach David Silva. Now, two years later, I've gained some swing speed, ball carry distance and consistency in ball striking.
My ultimate goal is to establish my place on the LPGA. Shorter-term goals include the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and finishing top10 in the LET order of merit.
Off the course I like to play tennis and work out. I have always worked hard and I love to practice. I find the off-seasons most challenging when I'm supposed to take some time off from practice and just relax. I don't know how people do that.
I´m Janet Isometsä, Finland´s U16 National team player. I have played golf for 7 years. My home club is Wiurila Golf & Country Club. My best achievement so far is the first place at U14 Finnish Junior Amateur Championship 2018. I won the Finnish U14 Strokeplay Championship 2018 and I was second at the Finnish U16 Strokeplay Championship 2019. I was 8th in Finnish Junior Amateur Ranking 2019.
I´m very keen on golf, because it´s a challenging and endlessly complicated game. My strength is that I´m a competitive, determined and hard working person. I find golf interesting and surprising, because no one can win every tournament or be too good at it. Golf gives a lot of ups and downs.
I have been in Season Golf Academy for 4 years. Coaching is high-class and training facilities are very good. I really enjoy practicing with my team mates. The atmosphere at practises is great and supportive. Especially the SGA camps are always super nice and intensive. I have improved a lot in SGA both as a player and as a person.
I started playing golf around 10 years ago and it immediately grew on me. And within those 10 years, I have become a really decent ballstriker. Although my ballstriking and long game is very good, my short game still needs a lot of work before I can say it’s decent.
For me, playing in tournaments is the fun part of golf, it gives a certain type of excitement and pressure, that I really like. Throughout the years, I have also played many different sports such as football, athletics and cross-country skiing. And I also like to put a lot of emphasis on studying, that’s been my main focus apart from golf in the last few years.
Rasmus Karlsson, 24 years old, from Fiskars, Finland. I started playing golf when I was 10 years old with my friend and a lot has happened after that. Currently, I am a senior in University of South Alabama and play golf in the men's team. After college I am planning to go professional, and all the way to the European Tour in 3 years time. Prior picking golf as my sport, I played soccer and floor ball.
Ralf Johan Kivi, age 14 – HCP 3.9
I´m from Saaremaa island, Estonia. I started to play golf when my mom went to work to Saare Golf and Pärnu Bay Golf Links as Marketing Manager. During the first year I had no coach, so I started to learn golf by myself going through hundreds of tutorial videos. I passed the green card test second year and by the end of season 2015 my HCP was 18.1. Since then I have actively played golf and I joined SGA in 2018 with HCP 8.1. My other hobbies are volleyball, I love to bicycle, study languages and travel.
Season 2019 has been a good one, and I'm looking forward to 2020.
I am Fred Koskinen, and this is my story…
I started playing golf when I was four years old. My parents used to leave me and my brother at the clubhouse and somebody would try to look after us during their round. Soon we got our ”green cards” and spent every summer on the golf course since then.
Played ice hockey for IFK until I was 14. Last years got to be the captain, and even won a National Championship. When others spent the summers working out and practicing, I only played golf and quickly started my shift to this amazing game.
I spent 2015-2016 studying and playing golf at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida.
I joined the SGA Fall 2017 and then graduated from High School in Finland summer 2018. Then served my mandatory Military Service and got out summer 2019.
I love the process of working hard and improving every day. I’m passionate about golf and nothing is more rewarding in life than succeeding in it.
My dream has been to get a scholarship to a college/university in the US and play successfull college golf while pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business and Sports Management. Looking to enroll to a college in fall 2020. My goal is to graduate college and have the opportunity to either turn professional in golf and become the best possible golfer I can. Or I would have the opportunity to start a promising career in business. My dream is to play golf at a high level and create a successfull company around it. Then I could give back to the ones who have helped me on my path.
I am open minded, polite and luckily have good social skills. I enjoy rap music, dancing and reading. I try to at least read one book a month. Im always either practicing, studying, working or on the go. My biggest issue is that I never calm down, and rest.
This summer managed to open my WAGR account I'm and striving to climb to inside the Top 1000 in the near future.
I have also been privileged to caddie for my friend at European Tour Q School, Challenge Tour and even on the European Tour. Also got to spend multiple weeks inside the ropes, watching and learning from the best and travelling around the world.
My name is Antti-Jussi Lintunen, everybody calls my AJ. I’ve spent the last 4 years studying and playing golf in the United States. I’m now in my third year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During the summer I live in Espoo and practice at St. Laurence Golf.
I started playing golf at the age of three and got my “green card” at the age of five. I played a lot of different sports growing up like ice hockey, soccer and floorball. However, golf fascinated me the most. I was introduced to the game of golf because my whole family played golf when I was young. Competing against my older brothers got me interested in golf. I stopped playing other sports and focused on golf at the age of 15.
My best result in golf is a 2ndplace finish at the National Stroke Play Championships in 2017. I have a few other National championship medals from team and individual tournaments. My strengths as a golfer are putting and wedge play. To get to the next level, I need to improve my long game.
My name is Timo “Rauksh” Raukas. I have played golf and handball for the past 8 years. After high school I saw that I have reached the highest level possible while doing both at the same time. The only option was to choose one so I decided that I want to get to the top as a golfer.
This sport is always pushing me to try harder. Every round is totally different which makes it more interesting. I really like competing because it is so challenging. In 2020, I will start my studies at Lee University, Tennessee. I consider that my biggest achievement so far because I never thought I would get an opportunity to study in the US.
Elite Amateur golfer from Finland Espoo. I started playing golf when I was 11 years old. For the last 3 years I have been in the Finnish Mens’ National Team. I am studying sport management at Arcada university of applied sience and graduating summer 2020.
Placed best Finnish player in the European Individual Championships 2019. Represented Finland in the Euro Team championship 2019. Latvian Amateur champion 2019. Reached the 3rd round of the The Amateur Championship 2017.
My name is William Stein. I’m 17 and a second-year student in high school. I have been playing golf since the age of 6. When I was younger I also played ice hockey, football and floorball. What attracted me the most to golf was that you are making decisions on your own and you have to accept the result and do your best even on bad days.
My highlights so far are a personal best round of 66 in the Boys 14 Finnish International Junior Championship. I also have two top 10 finishes in Scotland at the U.S Kids’ European Championship in 2017 and 2018. In 2017 I also made the Van Horn Cup team.
I have been working hard on technique this year to get my ball striking rock solid. My best qualities are my short game and mental strength. I like to practice my wedge game and full swing a lot.
Hi everyone! I've been a part of the Season Golf Academy since the fall of 2018. My journey started back in 2012 when my father forced me to take a golf beginners’ course, and I've been hooked ever since.
What I plan to do with my career is to start studying in the United States in 2020 with the help of our head coach David Da Silva. To achieve that goal, I'm going to have to start working more on my fitness and strength, and also compete actively during the winter months.
I'm very happy with the process we've made with my swing technique this year, but saying that I'd be excited for the winter season would be an understatement. There is so much to work on moving forward, especially now that I don't have my military service bothering me anymore.
I have chosen golf as my sport because the game of golf challenges your mind anew every single day and presents you with the ultimate opponent: yourself. Golf gives you a change to push your physical and mental conditions every day, which are equally important to succeed in golf. I like the idea that you can learn so much in golf, about your swing and technique and also about yourself.
My career highlights are Estonian Matchplay 2nd place 2018, Latvian Open 2nd place 2019 and Club Champion 2017 and 2019. My favourite thing is the process of getting better every day and keeping the long-term goals in sight. When I am not playing golf, I like to read and learn about economy and investing, because these are my main interests besides golf.
I enjoy playing golf because of the challenge it presents. There is always room for improvement. I have spent over 4 years in SGA and I feel that I have develop tremendously as a player, but also as a person.
One of my proudest achievements is winning the Latvian Amateur Open at the age of 16 in 2016.
This year my results include wins at Estonian Matchplay Championships, Estonian Junior Open, Tallinn Open Championships and a runner-up finish at Niitvälja Club Championships. I have also finished my first semester as a Blue Raider at Middle Tennessee State University while averaging 73.8 strokes for the fall semester and posting 14 counting scores for the team.
During my time away from golf I like playing and watching other sports. I feel like I can always learn something watching other athletes play their sport.
I was born in 2003 in Espoo, Finland. I started to play golf ten years ago and have now competed for five years. My best achievement is bronze in U14 Finnish stroke play Championships.
I study at Haukilahti high school (upper secondary school) in Espoo. I was also chosen to the school’s separate sports golf programme. My mission in the future is to combine academic studies and my golf career by getting a scholarship in one of the top US colleges. That’s why I work hard both for school and for golf.
Golf is one of the most competed sports in the world. I have always liked to play in international tournaments where you see how players from other countries play and get new friends also. One of the reasons I joined Season Golf Academy is absolutely its international nature. Hard training with top-level standards is the only way to become a better player.
I’m Dominic Jones, a 22-year-old golfer from Espoo. I tried golf for the first time when I was six years old and fell in love with the game the minute I touched a golf club.
I’ve played competitive golf since I was 10 years old and I’m aiming to be a world-class pro golfer on the PGA Tour. I currently play college golf at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga in The United States.
Highlights of my career so far are 2014 Finnish National Boys Champion and World Amateur Golf Ranking top420.
I am a 21-year old amateur golfer originally from Siilinjärvi. I completed military service in 2018, serving in reserve officer school and was promoted to 2nd lieutenant.
I started playing golf and also participating in competitions when I was 10 years old. My goal in Season Golf Academy is to achieve the skills necessary to compete in the professional level.
My name is Wilma Merenmies and I am a 19-year-old player in Season Golf Academy. I have practiced in SGA since 2014 and I have got a lot of good experience and coaching while practicing here.
I chose golf as my sport because I enjoy working and getting better all the time. My high light in golf is getting a scholarship to play in the US as well as some good finishes in Finnish Junior Tour and Finnish Tour. My strengths in golf are my long game, my driving and woods. I am very ambitious, motivated and willing to work hard for reaching my goals in competitive golf.
- Maximilian Erich Savenkov
- 18 years old
- HCP 5
- Maximilian’s home club: Niitvälja Golf Club
- Interests&hobbies : love playing golf, kickboxing, swimming, economics, business and travel worldwide.
I`m twenty years old and I live in Tuusula. My dad got me to play golf, he gave me a club and a ball when he was playing and I just followed him hitting my ball at the same time.
I used to play ice hockey in high level and then golf was just a second sport to me. When I quitted ice hockey I was 13 years old, then I really started to compete in golf.
I have made a lot of improvements in my whole game since I joined the SGA two years ago. Driving the ball used to be my weakness and nowadays it is one of my strengths. In my opinion my biggest development areas are that I get rid of high scores out of my scorecards.
My highlights in this season is under 21 years old Finnish national match play runner up and sixth place under 21 years old Finnish national stroke play championship.
My name is Ricardo Gouveia, I’m from Portugal currently residing in London, married, and I’m 28 years old.
I started playing golf when I was 6 years old but only picked it up more seriously around the age of 10. At that time I was doing other sports such as tennis and football but it got to a point where I had to pick one and luckily I picked golf. I love the fact that it is an individual sport played outside and the competitiveness of it.
I’m a very driven person who loves to learn, sacrifice, and practice in order to get better and achieve my goals. Goals from an early age were pretty clear to me: be the best in the world, win a major, play in the Ryder Cup. To achieve these long term goals I need to get better in all areas of the game, physical, technical and mental.
As far as my career goes, as an amateur I played in lots of international events, got to the quarter finals of the US Amateur, was part of the winning European side of the Palmer Cup, won 5 times in college, and was named NCAA All American three times while representing Lynn University in my freshman year and UCF the following three years.
Turned pro in the Summer of 2014, won 3 times on Challenge Tour, won the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2015, played on the European Tour from 2016-2019 and during these years I played in the Rio Olympic Games, The World Cup and the DP World Championship.
Golf is my life and has been since a little kid but in my opinion, if you want to have a successful career in any sport, you need to have balance and stability in your life. To make sure I have that taken care of I have some hobbies outside of golf that I love and those are to: workout, go to the movies, play padel tennis, play football, ski and hang out with friends.
My name is Tomas Gouveia, I’m 25 years old and I’m from Portugal. I grew up playing a lot of sports such as football, tennis, rugby and surf but eventually a golf course was built right in front of my house so I decided to give golf a try and fell in love with it. In 2012, I was recruited to play for Rollins College in the USA and I graduated in 2016. After that, I came back to Portugal, started working in a big family group and, at the same time, won 3 consecutives portuguese amateur majors. Those have been the highlights of my career, and consequently I dedided to quit my job and turn pro.
Right now, the strengths in my game are driving and chipping, and there is a lot improvement needed in my iron game and putting.
Outside of golf, I could say that I’m a BIG Sporting CP fan.
My name is Ilari Saulo and I am from Helsinki, Finland. I have been a part of the Season Golf Academy for the past 2 years. I am currently a junior at the Middle Tennessee State University and play golf in the men´s team. I graduated from Helsinki Media High School 2017. I have been playing golf since I was 10 years old. I grew up playing multiple different sport like football, ice hockey and floor ball. Besides golf, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Finnish National Stroke Play Champion 2019
European Club Trophy Champion 2017
Quail Valley Intercollegiate Champion 2017
The biggest reasons why I joined the SGA program is the high-quality coaching and deliberate plan of how to get better as a golfer to be able to reach the goals and dreams that we desire.
In the next two years, my goal is to become one of the top amateur players in the world.
I'm 22 years old and from Helsinki, Finland. I started playing golf at the age of five, but only started playing competitively at age 17. Played ice hockey at a high level until age 16. Graduated from Jönköping University (Sweden) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2018.
What motivates me in the game of golf is the idea that everything is up to yourself, no blaming others and that with the right support and relentless, focused work you will always keep progressing. Best achievements so far include win on the Swedish Junior tour, 2nd place at Niitvalja Karikas, and 5th in the Finnish men’s matchplay. My driving is the biggest strength of my game. Future goals include becoming one of the top amateurs in the world, whereafter playing top level professional golf and competing in the Olympics.