TGA of North San Antonio

Meet the Team

James Wilson
Chapter Director – Owner

A father, husband, brother and son. James first was introduced to golf when his Dad gave him a 7 iron and 3 balls. James would go out into 5 acres of land in Cody, Wyoming and practice his skill of hitting a 7 iron. James moved to southern New Mexcio and joined the golf team his freshman year in high school. James was a 4 year varsity player and state qualifier. 10 years removed from college James decided to put his entrepreneurial spirit to the test and start up TGA of North San Antonio. He hopes to bless the youth, community and underprivileged with the game of golf.

Steve Northrup
Lead Instructor

PGTAA Certified Master Instructor (Professional Golf Teachers Association of America) with over 20 years of teaching experience and abilities.  Steve was a former manager of the Stuttgart Golf Club Club in Stuttgart, Germany and the DOD (Department of Defense) course for the Military in Stuttgart.

Steve’s Instruction includes on course work, playing lessons, course management,rules and etiquette.  Experience with beginners, kids, for those looking to tweak their game.  To top it all of Steve did some caddie work for a professional European tour player.

Works with video, swing analysis tools, likes to give homework drills to work away from the range and course.

Johnathan Wells

I grew up in Katy, Texas. My earliest memories consist of hitting balls with my dad on the range at Falcon Point Country Club. I first played golf competitively in junior high, and carried my love of the game into high school. I am currently in my third year at UTSA studying finance.

Duane Vanorman

I have experienced and seen the joy in a child’s heart when they accomplish a goal that I was a part of as a coach. I believe that children today need more positive influences in their lives and physical activity is a must.

Company History


TGA launched its first Golf Enrichment Programs at six Los Angeles schools. TGA’s focus was to provide PK – 8th grade students with an opportunity to learn golf through an innovate 5 level after-school program. This program made golf affordable and accessible for children, and received an overwhelmingly positive response from schools, parents and students. TGA expanded its programs within Los Angeles area schools to accommodate the demands from students and parents who wanted a golf program within the safe, convenient environment of their schools. The curriculum also provided transition for students to go from their schools to programs at the golf course.


TGA’s first camps and clinics were offered at golf courses. TGA also incorporated the expansion of physical fitness and education components as well as adding a character development initiative within its school programs.


Golf professionals along with entrepreneurs began expressing their interest in the unique sustainable and scalable model of TGA. By the end of 2006, after three years of honing and improving the TGA business model and curriculums, TGA began offering geographically exclusive franchisees which became the TGA Premier Junior Golf Program now running throughout the United States.


The USGA approved TGA’s curriculum under the rules of amateur status and TGA became National Partners with the After School Alliance and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.


TGA achieved its first ranking in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, and won two industry awards for Business Achievement and Player Development.


Golf Magazine named TGA’s CEO, Joshua Jacobs to Golf’s 40 Under 40 list. TGA was named as one of 10 Best Franchise Deals around the world by Entrepreneur, along with jumping 131 spots in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 ranking from #450 to #319. TGA was also termed the 4th best youth fitness franchise. TGA also formed the 501c3 TGA Sports Foundation, to be able to apply for grants and funding to serve under-resourced areas as well as mentally and physically disabled youth.


TGA gained its 50th franchise along with having seven multiple franchise owners across the country. TGA also branched out into the sport of tennis, signing a National Partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). TGA’s model is now being offered in both the golf and tennis industries and is known as a leading initiative to grow both sports while providing small business ownership and job opportunities. The TGA / USTA proprietary Enrichment Curriculum is solely used by TGA Franchises within schools. TGA works with USTA National along with USTA Sections, Districts and CTA’s to complete the Player Pathway and help feed the USTA’s adult and junior initiatives to grow the sport.


TGA signs its first tennis franchise. TGA’s Youth Sports Franchise model is now one of the fastest at growing junior golf and youth tennis participation amongst 3-13 year olds. TGA’s motto is to Keep Swinging!® and we strive to provide all American youth with the opportunity to learn golf and tennis in a fun and educational environment.


TGA launches a third franchise opportunity that includes 6 team-based sports: cheerleading, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, ultimate, and volleyball.


TGA celebrates its 15th anniversary and impacting over 775,000 children through sports programs across the U.S. and Canada.


TGA debuts enhanced franchise structure to stay in line with the latest market trends and industry standards.


TGA launches a virtual sports program to help our youth to Keep Playing!® at home.