Leader of the Pack

On a cool Friday morning in mid-December, Paula Creamer is hitting balls at her alma mater, IMG Academy, the prestigious sports complex for young athletes in Bradenton, Fla. She is hard to miss: tall and leggy, her trademark pony tail poking from her cap and Pink Panther headcovers peering out of her pink TaylorMade bag. Other players at the practice area seem galvanized, even awed, by her presence. The young ones wait respectfully for an opening--a pause between shots, a sip of water--before approaching her for an autograph and to take her picture.

David Leadbetter Golf Academy alumnus, Julieta Granada, scores LPGA Tour card at successful Q-School.

Bradenton, Florida - 6 December 2005 - DLGA alumnus Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay earned her LPGA Tour card at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, FL. Granada, who recently turned 19, finished in a tie for 6th at the event scoring a 3-under-par 357 for the 90-hole tournament.

Creamer becomes the second youngest LPGA winner

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Paula Creamer gave herself quite a graduation gift.

The 18-year-old made a 17-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Sybase Classic by one stroke and become the second-youngest first-time winner ever on the LPGA Tour.
Creamer made a 15-foot putt on the final hole to clinch the victory.

Creamer won't be able to win two weeks in a row, though, as she has to return to Bradenton, Fla. for her high school graduation on Thursday.

Creamer: Five years at the academy

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, ARIZ. -- Two months into her rookie season, Paula Creamer is on her way to having the most successful opening year among players who skipped college to join the LPGA Tour.

Of the first eight players to make the preps-to-pros leap, only Amy Alcott (1975) and Dorothy Delasin (2000) won a tournament as a rookie. Alcott's 15th-place finish on the money list is the best of the group.

Creamer creams field at Q-School

Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Eighteen-year-old amateur Paula Creamer posted a two-under 70 on Sunday to cruise to medalist honors at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She finished at 11-under-par 349 and won by five over Lee Ann Walker-Cooper and Young Jo.

Creamer planned to wait until the end of the week to decide whether to turn professional or not. She had status on the Futures Tour, but college was an option. With this victory, Creamer now knows what lies ahead.

Eleven David Leadbetter Golf Academy Students Received National Recognition

Bradenton, FL – 09 October 2004 – Eleven students from IMG Academy’ David Leadbetter Golf Academy (DLGA) have been named to the Rolex Junior All-American Teams by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).  They include:

Julieta Granada named 2004 AJGA/ROLEX Junior Player of the Year


Bradenton, FL – 07 October 2004 – Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraquay was recently named the 2004 AJGA/Rolex Junior Player of the Year.  The prestigious award caps off a stellar 2004 for the 17-year-old Granada which included victories at the U.S. Girls’ Junior and the Rolex Girls’ Junior Championships.

She is the fifth consecutive David Leadbetter Golf Academy (DLGA) student to receive the prestigious award.  Previous DLGA winners were Paula Creamer (2003), Steve Han (2002), Casey Wittenberg (2001) and Aree Song (2000).


Julieta Granada's introduction in 2001 to life at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy made her yearn for a one-way, return ticket to Paraguay. "The first few weeks were absolutely awful. I was crying every day coming home from school," said the 17-year-old Granada, who defeated Curtis Cup player Jane Park over 20 holes Saturday to win the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Fort Worth, Texas.


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