PGA of America President, Paul Levy presented the PGA Teacher of the Year Award to David Leadbetter of Leadbetter Academy in ChampionsGate, Florida during the 2017 PGA of America National Awards at the 101st PGA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Austin on November 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
“The 2017 class of national award recipients were all truly deserving of this recognition, having distinguished themselves as inspirational leaders, mentors, and pioneers among their peers,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “The PGA of America proudly recognizes them for their unwavering commitment to represent the PGA Professional and the game of golf at the highest of levels.”
David Leadbetter, PGA, Founder of The Leadbetter Golf Academy—with more than 30 worldwide locations—was named the 2017 PGA Teacher of the Year for his “outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.” One of the most recognized and sought-after instructors and presenters in the world, Leadbetter can usually be found working directly with one of his students or imparting wisdom by teaching other teachers. He has served as a featured presenter at premier events around the globe, including several PGA Teaching & Coaching Summits and PGA Section instructional presentations.
Among Leadbetter’s world-class students are the winners of 24 major championships and seven World No. 1s, such as Nick Price, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Lydia Ko, Se Ri Pak, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Byeong-hun An, Michelle Wie and 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Danielle Kang. Leadbetter founded the first specialist junior golf academy in 1993, and can be credited with the development of some of the world’s top junior players. The author of several books and a regular contributor to Golf Digest, where he is annually rated as one of the best teachers in America, Leadbetter has been recognized with various awards and accolades on the global stage, including the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2007, and as an Asia Golf Awards Global Golf Legend in 2016.
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