SwingU, the golf technology and media company, announced today that Mark Blackburn, Founder and CEO of Blackburn Golf Academy, Greystone Legacy Club, Birmingham, Alabama, and SwingU Master Faculty member, has launched the Blackburn Golf Academy app in partnership with SwingU Academies.
Originally from London, England, Blackburn arrived in America in 1994 on a college golf scholarship to The University of Southern Mississippi, where he became a multiple letterman and team captain. Blackburn began with a successful on-course career, having played several years on mini-tours, earning a spot as an alternate in the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Park, winning in the Dixie Section PGA and playing in multiple PGA National Championships. Founding Blackburn Golf in 2000, Mark, a Certified PGA Member, built the academy with hopes of developing individual excellence and elite performance for all students and skill levels.
The Blackburn Golf Academy app will provide students with an engaging, academy-like experience, including a content forum where both students and Mark will share video, stories and interact on everything in golf; a student swing locker for filming & saving swings; a VOD library of drills & lessons; and 1-on-1 streamlined personal communication and lesson booking directly from the app. Due to the integration of SwingU’s top-rated GPS & scorecard app, Mark will be able to immediately analyze students’ rounds, stats and on-the-course performance when students use SwingU on the course.
Mark’s accolades include Alabama NW Florida Section PGA Teacher of The Year in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015, a finalist for The PGA National Teacher of The Year 2010-2014, 2016, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers and one of Golf Digest 50 Best Teachers in America.
The Blackburn Golf Academy develops and coaches juniors, club golfers, elite amateurs, college and professional clients from around the world. On the PGA Tour, clients who have utilized Mark’s coaching include; Chez Reavie, Kevin Chappell, JJ Spaun, Colt Knost, Mike Weir, Sean O’Hair, Andrew Putnam, Nick Cullen, Harris English, Smylie Kaufman, John Peterson, Tyrone Van Aswegan, Chad Campbell, YE Yang, Hudson Swafford, Heath Slocum, Robert Karlsson, Arjun Atwal, Bill Lunde, Bobby Gates, Boo Weekley, Nathan Green, Brian Gay, and Richard Sterne.
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, SwingU is a golf technology and media company. The company owns and operates top-rated mobile apps: SwingU (GPS, scorecard, statistics & instruction); gottaGolf; and The Golf Tracer (social and ball tracing). SwingU Marketing offers world-class branded content & marketing services, giving advertisers access to SwingU Clubhouse, the most engaged daily golf e-newsletter in the world, as well as more than 1 million monthly active users across all of its platforms. SwingU Academies is a division of SwingU that provides teachers, academies and clubs with personalized, branded instruction & training apps, allowing coaching clients to grow in-person lesson revenue and build an online academy-like environment, driving both engagement and business development between students and staff.
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