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DLGA honors their golfers at the End of the Year Banquet!

The end of the year David Leadbetter Golf Academy Awards Banquet was held on Friday May 8th, 2009. There were four different categories awarded as well as The Maria Garcia-Estrada Memoria Award (which goes to a graduating senior). It was a great night!

Best Attitude

Tae Lim (Best Attitude AM Golf) with his instructor, Malcolm Joseph
Tae Lim (Best Attitude AM Golf) with his instructor, Malcolm Joseph

This award goes to the students who show a consistent, pleasant and positive attitude on and off the golf course. It goes to the students who have smiles on their faces in all situations. It goes to the students who are encouraging and supportive of others. They are students who we feel are self-motivating.

The nominees for Best Attitude(morning golf) in the boys category:

Tae Lim

Blake Soni

Mark Sanchez

Sophie Hayashi (Girls Best Attitude-AM Golf) with her coach, Jason Suedhof

The nominees for Best Attitude (morning golf) in the girls category:

Susana Benevides

Sophie Hayashi

Mia Piccio

Cecile Krefting

Maribel Lopez

Hally Leadbetter

Zach Duan (Best Attitude Boys - PM Golf) with instructor, David Whelan

The nominees forBest Attitude (afternoon golf ) in the boys category:

Zach Duan

Billy Stevens

Charles Godfrey

Martin Jaramillo

Caramia Sitompul (Girls Best Attitude-PM Golf) with instructor Malcolm Joseph

The nominees for Best Attitude (afternoon golf) in the girls category:

Ginger Howard

Katerina Prorokova

Jane Wu

Caramia Sitmopul

Megan Pak

Manik Singh (Most Improved Boys -AM Golf) with instructor Kevin Collins

Most Improved

This award goes to the student who has matured in his/her overall game. This is based on better technique, course management, and improved tournament scores or stroke average.

The nominees for Most Improved (Morning Golf) in the Boys category:

Manik Singh

Pablo Serna

Blake Soni

Jeffrey Meltzer

Matthew Felsenfeld

Alexa Rancourt (Girls Most Improved -AM Golf) with coach Scott Bettger

The nominees for Most Improved (Morning Golf) in the Girls category:

Mint Kongkiatkrai

Alexa Rancourt

Maribel Lopez

Jordan Lippetz

Crystal Zhu

Rigel Fernandes (Most Improved Boy - PM Golf) with instructor Jay Denton

The nominees for Most Improved (Afternoon Golf ) in the Boy category:

Rigel Fernandes

Scott Lamb

James Liang

Steven Lu

Richard Weiner

Peter Ganser

Robbi Howard (Girls Most Improved -PM golf) with instructor Kevin Collins

The nominees for Most Improved (Afternoon Golf ) in the Girls category:

Vivien Chen

Robbie Howard

Chandini Meka

Jane Wu

Michele Ma

Regan Simeone

Most Dedicated

This award goes to the student who shows an overall dedication to the game and to the academy. They show they understand that all facets of the game are important such as the mental, the physical and the technical. This award goes to the student who is committed to the process of becoming better.

Jeffrey Meltzer (Most Dedicated Boy - AM Golf) with instructor Jay Denton

The nominees for Most Dedicated (Morning Golf) in the Boys category:

Jeffery Meltzer

Andrew Thomas

Petch

Tae Lim

Marcel Puyat

Ben Murray

Hally Leadbetter (Most Dedicated Girl - AM Golf) with instructor Kevin Collins

The nominees for Most Dedicated(Morning Golf ) in the Girls Category:

Hally Leadbetter

Mia Piccio

Susana Benevides

Sean Kelly (Most Dedicated Boys - PM Golf) instructed by Grant Price

The nominees for Most Dedicated (Afternoon Golf ) in the Boys Category:

Tommy Mou

Petur Petursson

Cheng Pan

Sam Fu

Ken Zhi

Sean Kelly

Mickey Chan

Rigel Fernandes

Michelle Ma (Most Dedicated Girl - PM Golf ) coached by Dan Saylor

The nominees for Most Dedicated (Afternoon Golf) in the Girls category:

Linda Luo

Caramia Sitompul

Jane Wu

Michelle Ma

Pearl Jin

Most Valuable Player

This award goes to the student who encompasses everything we look for in a student-athlete. This goes to the student who is a good student of the game, a good student in school, has good attendance and someone who has shown improvement, desire and determination. This award goes to the student who stands out above all others.

Cheng Tsung Pan (Boys MVP) with instructor David Whelan

The nominee's this year for Boys Most Valuable player:

Cheng Tsung Pan

Marcel Puyat

Seiji Liu

Jerry He

This year's Boy's Most Valuable Player goes to a student that arrived to IMG 2 years ago. He came into the academy as a good golfer, but he chose to surround himself with golfers that were better than him. He has had two wins and 4 top five finishes in the last year. He is currently ranked in the Top 15 by Golfweek and will be traveling to the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational later this month. This year's MVP goes to Cheng Tsung Pan.

Sally Watson (Girls MVP) with Kevin Collins

The nominees' this year for Girls Most Valuable player:

Mint Kongkiatkrai

Sally Watson

Kristina Wong

This year's Girl's Most Valuable Player goes to a student that arrived to IMG 3 years ago. This player sets her standards high and plays in not only junior events, but amateur and professional events around the world. She qualified and competed in the Women's British Open two summers ago and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2008 Curtis Cup held at St. Andrews. She has won two times on the Future Collegiate World Tour (FCWT) in 2009 and she will be heading to Stanford in the fall!

Maria Garcia-Estrada Award

This award honors the memory of Maria Garcia-Estrada who died on September 3rd, 2005 at the age of 24 of a rare form of cancer. She came to the academy from Tenerife, Spain in 1996 (her sophomore year) and spent three years here. While at the academy she was a two time AJGA All-American and was Valedictorian of her senior class at Bradenton Academy. She went on a full scholarship to Duke and played for the Blue Devils from 199-2003. She won the ACC Championships as a freshman as well as receiving Second-Team All-American honors. Maria was a member of Duke's 2002 NCAA Championship team and a member of 4 ACC Championship teams. The Blue Devils won 31 tournaments during her four-year career.

This award is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies a great spirit and passion for the game. It is awarded to a student who excels in the classroom as well as on the course.

Mia Piccio (The Maria Garcia-Estrada Memorial Award) with instructor Kevin Collins

The nominees are:

Kristina Wong

Sally Watson

Tommy Mou

Mia Piccio

Alexa Rancourt

This years winner goes to a student that arrived to the academy 2 years ago. In the 2007-2008 season her scoring average was 74.72 and for this last year she has lowered it to 73.50 in tournament competition. She carries a 3.57 GPA at the IMG Academy School. She is the first one to arrive each morning, works hard, is open to change and has a smile on her face everyday! She is a member of the Philippines National Team and David Leadbetter told her last week when watching her on the range told her "to don't change a thing". She will be attending the University of Florida this fall on an athletic scholarship. This year's Maria Garcia-Estrada Memorial Award winner is Mia Piccio!

Congratulations to all of our 2009 nominees and award winners!

2009 DLGA End of the Year Award winners!

A special Thank You to Dixie Puyat for taking the great photos on this page!

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