Leadbetter Academy offers summer junior clinics 

The David Leadbetter Golf Academy, which is entering its second year with the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course, is offering a pair of six-week junior clinics this summer for golfers aged 8-12 and 13-18.

These six-week programs will be coached by Jeff Saager, the director of the Whistler academy. Saager was a professional golfer and has been an instructor for 20 years. He joined the Leadbetter organization in 1994, working at the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida during the winter months.

"Last year we did a complimentary junior program to let people know that we’re here, and it was really popular, really out of control some weeks, so the kids are definitely into it," said Saager.

The junior programs he is offering are no longer free, but $249 for the 8-12 program on Monday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and $299 for the 13-18 program on Tuesdays. They get underway on July 12 and 13 respectively, and run for six weeks.

"This is for kids that are pretty serious about golfing," said Saager. "They’ll have the cleats and clubs and will probably have played a few times, although you don’t need a lot experience for this."

Both programs are limited to 12 participants, giving Saager a chance to work more closely with his students.

David Leadbetter is one of the most influential and sought after golf coaches in the world, and personally coaches several PGA players and top amateurs. There are now 27 golf academies around the world bearing his name, and new franchises are opening all the time.

The Whistler facility, which came about through a partnership with Fairmont Hotels, has been expanded since last year with a new kiosk at the entrance to the practice area, upgrades to the existing buildings, and improved landscaping.

For more information on the youth programs or to sign up contact the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at 604-938-2092, extension 6041.

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