Sanford Health brings added golf expertise to PGA event

Movement, swing and strength/conditioning experts available to golfers for free.

Katelyn Dembaugh

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Golf fans watching some of the world’s best players at this week’s Sanford International can also work on their own game by tapping the latest technology and expertise available year-round at the Sanford POWER Golf Academy.

Being title sponsor for the PGA Champions event is one of several commitments Sanford Health has made to the game of golf, including construction of the Golf Shots entertainment facility opening next year in Sioux Falls, the addition of golf pro Todd Kolb to the staff and a partnership with GreatLIFE.

At the Sanford International, the golf academy team and experts from the Sanford Sports Science Institute (SSSI) will be set up near the driving range, next to the merchandise tent. Patrons can stop by for a free movement evaluation, see their swing on 3D cameras, take part in a putting exercise and talk to the Sanford Sports Science Institute experts about strength and conditioning. Prizes will also be available.

The golf academy is drawing international attention.

Lisa MacFadden, Ph.D., director of SSSI, and graduate student Aaron Trunt were invited to present this summer at the World Scientific Congress on Golf in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Attendees included researchers, leaders from the PGA and LPGA, Ping research and development leaders, and golf teaching professionals from around the world.

“I spoke about the SSSI, Sanford POWER Golf Academy, Great Shots and Sanford International, and the reaction was always, ‘Wow!'” MacFadden said.

“When Aaron’s presentation was introduced, the session chair commented that everyone should take time at the meeting to come and talk with me about the work we are doing, not just in golf but in all sports because we are doing something very innovative and we are doing it right.”

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