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!
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:
The nominees for Best Attitude (morning golf) in the girls category:
The nominees forBest Attitude (afternoon golf ) in the boys category:
The nominees for Best Attitude (afternoon golf) in the girls category:
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:
The nominees for Most Improved (Morning Golf) in the Girls category:
The nominees for Most Improved (Afternoon Golf ) in the Boy category:
The nominees for Most Improved (Afternoon Golf ) in the Girls category:
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.
The nominees for Most Dedicated (Morning Golf) in the Boys category:
The nominees for Most Dedicated(Morning Golf ) in the Girls Category:
The nominees for Most Dedicated (Afternoon Golf ) in the Boys Category:
The nominees for Most Dedicated (Afternoon Golf) in the Girls category:
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.
The nominee's this year for Boys Most Valuable player:
Cheng Tsung Pan
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.
The nominees' this year for Girls Most Valuable player:
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.
The nominees are:
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!
A special Thank You to Dixie Puyat for taking the great photos on this page!