The IMG Academy golf program had its End of the Year Banquet on May 15th. At the banquet the awards like Girls MVP, Boys MVP and the prestigious Marcia Garcia-Estrada Award were given out.
The complete award winners are as follow:
End of Year Banquet
14 & Under All stars
A Leadbetter All Star must carry a 2.5 GPA or better and must have at least 1 tournament win in the 2011-2012 school year. They have excellent attendance, are coachable and are seen to be future leaders.:
Qi Ming Wong
Leadbetter Honorable Mention
All Honorable Mention Team members must carry a 3.00 GPA or better. A Leadbetter Honorable Mention is a student that is working and striving for excellence in their golf game and all the areas that make up Academy life. They are someone that has seen improvements and are willing to put in the work to achieve their personal goal of being the best they can be.
Second Team All Leadbetter
A Leadbetter second team member is a student that excels at golf and in the classroom. All second team members must carry a 2.75 GPA or higher. Their National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking, ranking in the Saturday tournament Series, and golf course tournament results weigh heavily in determining Second team status. This category also strongly looks at the holistic approach these golfers take. These golfers have excellent attendance, are good leaders and are very coachable.
Jakob Van De Flirdt
Qi Wen Wong
First Team Leadbetter
A Leadbetter First Team member is a student that excels at golf and in the classroom. All first team members must carry a 2.75 GPA or better. Their National Junior Scoreboard ranking, ranking in the Saturday tournament series and golf course tournament results weigh heavily in determining First Team Status.
Cristobal Del Solar
So Young Hwang
Girls MVP & First Team- So Young Hwang
Boys MVP & First Team- James Yoon
Maria Garcia Estrada Memorial Award- Jeffery Meltzer
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 Leadbetter 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 1999-2003. 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. It goes to a Senior that during the course of their time here, is seen to be coachable, likable, a good sportsman of the game, is well rounded and believes in following the program for the benefit of his/her own game.