Gavin Grenville Wood
Head of Junior Education
Gavin is a PGA Professional who joined the Leadbetter family in October 2018 and has been involved in Junior Golf for over 25 years. During his apprenticeship at Ramsey Golf Club, Isle of Man, Gavin began coaching children from the local secondary school, and it is from there that his passion for coaching kids really evolved. Even during his time at University, he helped at local courses and during the summer months found himself stateside developing his skills at Julian Krinsky School of Golf and Tennis in Philadelphia. Upon returning back to the UK, Gavin established the Central London Junior Golf Academy where the birth of the Junior After School Club happened as well as innovative in-school programs. This led to interest from further afield and in 2002, he and his family moved to Hilton Head, SC to work for the IJGA and later the University of South Carolina Beaufort as Director of Golf.
Upon relocating back to the UK in 2009, Gavin was hired by Crown Golf at Oak Park Golf Club, where he set up arguably one of the most successful Junior Academies in the UK, welcoming over 400 children per week for coaching. Since then he has specialized in developing participation in the sport on both sides of the Atlantic, working with companies such as Sequoia Golf, Kemper Sports, ClubCorp and together now, we’re excited about the development of Leadbetter Kids and the LBK Education platform.