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Leadbetter opens his first-ever academy in India

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Pune: One of the world's best-known golf coaches David Leadbetter yesterday launched his first-ever academy in India at the Oxford Golf Resort here.

Widely considered as the "go-to" coach for many top golfers and whose teaching ways have seen many youngsters evolved into world-class players, Leadbetter, whose celebrity status often extends beyonds the golfing stars, now has 29 academies across 14 countries.

Unveiling the David Leadbetter Academy alongside Anil Seolekar, the former President of the Indian Golf Union and who founded and owns the Oxford Golf Resort, the 64-year-old coach praised the vision of Oxford Golf Resort in giving young Indian golfers a chance to learn world-class methods.

He also intends to coach and train coaches in the long run here. "There is a lot of talent in India and has a history in sports like cricket and hockey. India needs more players now to create a competition so that the cream rises to the top."

Leadbetter, who has seen Aditi Ashok at the Olympics and Anirban Lahiri in action, said, "They could be the role models or icons to attract other Indian youngsters. We (the Academy) are here to help young players to reap their potential.

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