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World-renowned golf coach David Leadbetter officially launched the Leadbetter Golf Academy European Headquarters at Stoke Park Country Club & Hotel, in Buckinghamshire.

David Leadbetter, who has coached players to 22 Major championships and more than 100 individual worldwide tournament victories, has more than 30 academies across the globe. The Stoke Park Academy will be the 13th to open in Europe.

The five-star venue’s director of golf, Stuart Collier, believes the Stoke Poges resort has pulled off a coup partnering with a man for whom the often-overused sobriquet ‘legend’ is surely deserved.

Collier said: “Few people in the world game can match David Leadbetter’s track record in golf coaching – or the success his students have achieved. His name has become a byword for the very highest level of coaching and tuition.

“We have enjoyed unprecedented success in our academy over the past few years – not just in competition wins but in overall improvements shown by the students – and having the European headquarters of The Leadbetter Academy here is testament to the effort put in by everybody concerned. It will prove of immense benefit to members of all ages.”

Addressing a group of media at the launch, Leadbetter, who received the 2017 PGA Teacher of the Year award in November said:

“I’m excited for our European Headquarters to be at Stoke Park. It’s a great location, there’s already a great coaching team, but hopefully we can add something to that to make it a very special place where people can think about Stoke Park as the place to learn, whether you’re a coach or a player.”

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The launch coincided with the official opening of the new-look Lane Jackson course – the third nine-hole loop to be refurbished in three years, work having begun on holes 19-27 late last year. Academy members also have full playing rights on the Lane Jackson nine.

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