Florida coaches work with junior golfers

Kenny Alexander a pupil at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School getting to grips with a club helped by Txema.

Specialist Junior Golf Coaches Jose Maria ‘Txema’ Sanchez and Brett Meyer from the world-renowned David Leadbetter Golf Academy (LGA) spent 14-15 October, 2017 in Cayman working with the island’s junior golfers.

46 juniors ranging in age from 6 -18 and skill levels from beginners to national team players took part in the sessions which were held at the North Sound Golf Club. The coaches worked with the juniors on various aspects of the game, with sessions tailored to the different skill levels.

This was the first in a series of coaching opportunities which the Cayman Islands Golf Association has organised in alliance with the Florida based teaching academy. The ongoing programme will involve visits every four weeks or so, over the next 8 months. It is also hoped that there will be opportunities for the Cayman players to visit the Leadbetter Academy in Orlando where they will have access to all their teaching facilities and to play tournament golf.

CIGA president Paul Woodhouse was delighted with turn-out and how the weekend went.

“It is a real coup to have attracted the interest of the Leadbetter Golf Academy – it is no exaggeration to say it is one of the leading golf Academies in the world. Looking to the future, this is a fantastic opportunity for our juniors at all levels,” Woodhouse said.

“The junior golf development programme in Cayman is only a few years old and because of the hard work and dedication of our local coaches and the support of the parents, the standard of golf and level of participation is fantastic.

“The alliance with LGA is designed to build on and augment this and will involve the golf Pros on island working with the visiting coaches on a comprehensive junior golf development programme.”

The Cayman Islands Golf Association now has a dedicated junior golf committee who are busy organising this programme together with a full schedule of competitive events through the end of 2017 and into 2018. See www.ciga.ky or contact info@ciga.ky

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