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June 24, 2011
The inaugural Toya Polish Junior a World Junior Golf Series at Toya Golf and Country Club,Wroclaw, Poland, ended in victory for a home player Mateusz Gradecki.
Mateusz had two shot lead at the beginning of the day from Thai Chanarojnarong Wattanakul Jedrzej Gasienica-Ciulacz ( Binowo Golf Club) and Jens Geweke (Golfclub Hummelbachaue).
Mateusz and Adrian are both students at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Toya G&CC. IMG and DLGA would like to congratulate all the players and staff associated with the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Toya Golf and Country Club.
Terre Blanche Golf Club has created arguably Europe’s most advanced facility for golf performance. Open year round, this integrated training centre allows all golfers to expereince cutting edge state-of-the-art technology which in addition to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, incorporates J.J. RivetsBioMecaSwing Assessment Centre.
Renowned for its comprehensive facilities, Terre Blanche has been selected by the French Golf Federation as the winter training site for the top amateur national team, Le Pôle France Elite.
The continual devlopment of academies such as Terre Blanche and the introduction of an equally impressive facility at Toya Golf & Country Club, which within its three state of the art analysis rooms incorporates a variable speed indoor putting green ensures DLGA remains the world's most successful academy network.
March 21, 2011
Raphaël Jacquelin held off a spirited challenge from Anthony Wall to win his third European Tour title at the Sicilian Open.
A two-and-a-half hour delay for dangerous weather conditions on Sunday forced a Monday finish at Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA, with the leading pair resuming with just one shot separating them and six holes to play.
Wall twice wiped out the deficit, only to find water at the penultimate hole and run up a double bogey as 36 year old Jacquelin walked away with the €166,660 first prize.
Jacquelin, mentored by DLGA Director Alain Alberti at Terre Blanche, closed with a three under par round of 68 for a 12 under par total, finishing one shot clear of Wall after his playing partner birdied the last.
“It feels great – as you would expect it to feel,” said Jacquelin, who climbs back into the world’s top 100 with his victory. “But it was not easy – Anthony made a couple of birdies and put the pressure on me right from the start. “I actually felt a little bit tired this morning and my ball-striking wasn’t as good as it has been but I suppose with a 5am wake-up call then I was expecting that. “But I stayed patient and made a good birdie on the 14th which was perfect and then he made a mistake on 17 and that was it, although I had to make a good four at the last.
“It was a good fight between the two of us and I think that helped us to play the way we did because we were always close and playing together made it a good fight. I enjoyed it and there can only be one winner – I am glad it was me.”
IMG Academies today announced the creation of the IMG Leadbetter Junior Golf Tour - an elite avenue for junior golfers to compete at some of the nation's top courses, while gaining invaluable exposure to college-and professional-style golf.
Debuting August 13-15, 2010, at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., the Tour will feature 20 stops in its first season, and is expected to offer nearly double that number in upcoming seasons. The Tour will be independently operated by IMG Academies -- home to seven sport academies, including the IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy led by legendary coach David Leadbetter.
"We designed this Tour to help the growing demand within the junior golf community for high-level events staged on challenging, top-rated courses across the country," said Sam Zussman, Managing Director of IMG Academies. "Consistent with the mission of IMG Academies, we will measure this Tour's success by the opportunities it creates for personal growth and overall development, as well as by the level of access to collegiate and professional golf it provides our junior members."
Each Tour event will span three days (Friday-Sunday), with the majority of tournaments featuring stroke play competition. Jumpstarted by juniors enrolled at the prestigious IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy, the member roster is attracting the nation's top talent, including two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year, 15-year-old Victoria Tanco: "This is an exciting opportunity for me to compete on top courses with some of the best junior golfers on the circuit. It's one more step in helping me toward my dream of joining the LPGA Tour and becoming the best player in the world someday."
The Tour, which will stage tournaments across the country with a focus on the Southeast and Southwest regions, will receive recognition in the form of Performance Based Entry (PBE) status for all of its events from the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). This gives the Tour's junior competitors the additional opportunity to earn their way into prestigious AJGA events throughout the season. The Tour will adopt the AJGA Code of Conduct and Rules Card System, as well as introduce its own Tour Ranking System.
David Leadbetter will work with the Tour's juniors via clinics and seminars to aid them in their quest to achieve athletic excellence. Leadbetter, one of the world's top golf instructors, has been instrumental in the growth and development of the game's most successful players on the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European PGA Tour, and Champions Tour.
Mark Steinberg, IMG Golf's Global Managing Director, views the Tour as the "missing cog within IMG's prolific golf event business." Continued Steinberg, "We have been strengthening our golf business for more than 40 years - The IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy continues to attract top talent, and graduate the next generation of movers and shakers within the golf industry. The IMG Leadbetter Junior Golf Tour will now provide a platform for these and other talented youth to compete and continue their personal growth."
Under Armour, the official apparel provider of IMG Academies, will provide apparel to all participating juniors as part of a larger membership package. The offering will also include a number of golf media subscriptions and a complimentary evaluation with the National Collegiate Scouting Association. Additional key sponsor announcements are expected in the coming months.
April 2, 2010
Nintendo Wii, IMG Academies and David Leadbetter have combined to develop ‘My Personal Golf Trainer’, the latest breakthrough in golf training.
With My Personal Golf Trainer you will learn David Leadbetter’s key techniques that golf pros and elite players work on every day, and will correctly identify golf swing flaws also providing training drills that will correct swing path and clubface rotation. This is real golf training, with a world class expert available 24/7 in your own home.
Learn more at: www.mypersonalgolftrainer.com
March 7, 2010
Congratulations to Camilo Villegas and his instructor, Worldwide Director of Instruction, Kevin Smeltz on Camilo's 2010 Honda Classic Championship!
With a dramatic flourish and a triumphant gesture, Camilo Villegas of Colombia brought his storybook week to a climactic finish Sunday, winning the Honda Classic by five strokes over Anthony Kim with a birdie on the 72nd hole that brought the huge, partisan gallery to its feet.
For Villegas, 28, the final birdie was rife with symbolism. It put a fitting close to a week that began with his journey home to Colombia -- to help kick off the Nationwide Tour Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, his country's first officially sponsored PGA Tour event -- and ended with his third and most convincing victory on the PGA Tour.
And it came by a record score of 13-under-par 267 at the PGA National Resort and Spa home to one of our David Leadbetter Golf Academies.
February 21, 2010
David Leadbetter Golf Academy are proud to congratulate Ian Poulter on his Accenture Match Play Championship and his #5 World Ranking!
Poulter captured the biggest victory of his career Sunday by leading the final 28 holes and beating Paul Casey, 4 and 2, in the all-England final at the Match Play Championship.
Along winning his first World Golf Championship, the 34-year-old Poulter won for the first time on American soil.
"It's been a long time coming," Poulter said, after closing out Casey with a par on the 34th hole. "I knew I was in great form. I felt comfortable all day on the golf course."
Poulter won for the ninth time on the European Tour and moved to a career-best No. 5 in the world ranking. He earned $1.4 million, the biggest prize of his career.
Known mostly for what's in his closet, Poulter quickly is gaining a strong reputation for his prowess in match play. He improved his overall record in the Match Play Championship to 18-7, and was so dominant on the weekend that he trailed for only one hole over the final 50 holes of the tournament.
February 15, 2010
If Victoria Tanco had any concerns about keeping her momentum one day after a sizzling 66 at the Annika Invitational, she needed only a few holes to alleviate them.
February 11, 2010
David Leadbetter is to appear at an exciting new golf concept, Golf Live. Taking place at Stoke Park Golf Club, Berkshire on 14th - 16th May 2010 David will be hosting a number of clinics throughout each day.
Colin Motgomerie, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Retief Goosen will also feature at the event which will be hosted by, amongst others, Di Stewart. More details of the event, including ticket sales, can be found at www.golfliveevent.com
January 19, 2010
Five of Scotland’s leading amateur golfers will spend a week at the world famous IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida preparing for the new season as part of a new partnership between the Scottish Golf Union and IMG Academies.
December 11 2009
Emiliano Grillo is making a serious case for a top ranking in the junior golf standings. Only he’s not stating his case against fellow juniors. He’s doing it against the pros.
November 18 2009
November 13 2009
Leadbetter student Michelle Wie won the first LPGA event of her career on Sunday, fulfilling the promise of a decade with a three-under-par 69 to win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by two strokes over Paula Creamer in Guadalajara, Mexico.
20-year-old Wie finished the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to 6 inches on the 18th hole before tapping in for a birdie. She raised her arms, and after pulling the ball out of the hole, she looked to the sky and let out a sigh of relief.
"For sure, it's definitely off my back," Wie said. "I think that hopefully, life will be a lot better, but I still have a lot of work to do."
Wie finished at 13-under 275 after starting the day tied for the lead with Cristie Kerr at 10 under. Kerr shot a 72 and finished three back, tied with Morgan Pressel (67) and Jiyai Shin (71).
David Leadbetter Golf Academy are proud to announce Zero Friction Performance Tees as the offical tee partner of DLGA in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Zero Friction Performance Tees with their patented three prong design are not only rated the longest tee in independent laboratory tests but with a swing speed of 100mph, five yards of accuracy are also gained on its competitors. Further deatails can be found on zero friction tees here.
Andrew Nicholson Senior Director of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at The Wynyard Club has recently scored a major success is assisting Michael Hoey to his first European Tour title at the Estoril Open de Portugal.
Nicholson has been coaching Hoey for six years, said: “What Michael has achieved is fantastic. We didn’t expect the win to happen so quickly even though Michael has had a string of Top 15 finishes already this year. But we certainly won’t be sitting back and thinking we’ve done all the hard work now, so it’s definitely not time to relax.”
Hoey first played on Tour in 2002, the season he also qualified to play at the Masters at Augusta after turning Pro as Irish and British Amateur Champion. He played on the Challenge Tour, before winning a place back on the main Tour in 2006, and regained his card at European Tour School in 2008.
DLGA Korea continued to proposer in 2008 under the Direction of Academy Director Robin Symes. Robin, based at Woo Jeong Hills continues to work with some of the promising players from Korea and with a second academy opening in Busan in 2008, under the direction of David-Louys Moroney the future of DLGA Korea appears to be very encouraging.
NA Yeon Choi has had a great start in her first season on the LPGA Tour. Currently 11th on the Order of Merit, and 28th in the world, she finished 2nd in the Evian Masters at Sunningdale. She has been working with Robin for over 2 years and makes frequent visits to the academy despite being predominantly based in America.
Mi Jung Hur has been a long time student of DLGA working initially with Stuart Clayton and now Robin. She turned professional this year and played a full season on the Futures Tour in America. Finishing 4th in the overall rankings she now gains her place on the LPGA tour for 2009. She will also travel with DLGA Korea to Australia for 2 months winter training in preparation for the season.
Hee Young Park has completed a very successful first season on the LPGA with an order of merit position is 35th and world ranking 58th.
Ha Neul Kim who has been with DLGA for 18 months made her breakthrough in Korea this year winning 3 times and is ranked 2nd on the KLPGA order of merit. She has improved her world ranking to 104th and will have the opportunity to play the US Open, Evian Masters and SBS open in 2009
Jang Ha Na is another long term student with a successful year. Ha Na is only aged 15 and for the 2nd time qualified for the US Open She won the Korea Amateur Champion and reached the semi finals of the US Amateur.