David Leadbetter, leading golf instructor of the world, hoped he would be able to help Bangladesh develop the game when he launched the first indoor golf academy of the country at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Tuesday.
The 65-year-old Englishman is in the city for a two-day-long visit to install the modern academy with full-fledged technical support and practice facilities where the youngsters will get all modern facilities to grow up as an accurate golfer.
‘We’re really looking forward to the future of Bangladeshi golf because we do feel there are some really potential golfers who can reach the highest level,’ Leadbetter told reporters during a press conference.
‘We were always looking to open academies in virgin territories where the coaching and instructions are basic problem.’
The academy also appointed an English trainer Phil Chilton as head coach who will begin his work from Thursday and Leadbetter indicated that he would send more expertise in future to develop the stricture of the game.
‘I think we can bring a level of expertise here to get Bangladesh golf to a new level,’ he said.
‘You have a lot of talented young players but they need proper direction and good coaching facilities.’
Leadbetter, a golfer of the 80’s, soon after retirement from playing, began to incorporate his methods and philosophies into a stringent, holistic training program for qualified instructors that remains unmatched even today.
Many of the world’s top teachers have come through the Leadbetter Academy system.
Since launching the first Leadbetter Golf Academy over 30 years ago, the Englishman has coached players to 20 Major Championship titles and over 100 individual worldwide tournament victories.
Seven of those players have even held first place in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The leading golf trainer of the world, who also opened a similar academy in India last week, said the academy would accentuate the skill and techniques of the professional players.
‘That applies not only for the potential tour players, but for the casual golfers who would have more fun if they knew what they could do,’ said Leadbetter, who also praised Siddikur Rahman for his natural talent.
‘Very interesting for me about Siddik, your professional who played on Asian Tour, who grew up on this golf course as a ball picker,’ stated Leadbetter.
‘It was amazing what happened with him and I think a movie you can make with his life because he was totally different from some other players in America and Europe who has been everything in their young age.
‘He [Siddik] is talented guy and very hardworking and it also proved that there are lots hidden talents here in Bangladesh. ‘
Momin Ud Dowlah, chairman of the academy, was hoping to get some great response from the young people who want to become a golfer.
‘We are expecting young people to respond,’ Dowlah said.
‘We have got some response. We are introducing the opportunity for kid golfers to learn the game. The professionals and amateurs will come too.’
Meanwhile, Xcite Golf, a sister concern of EON Group, set up the academy with the association of the Bangladesh Golf Federation and the academy was formally inaugurated by the chief of army staff General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Huq.
Kurmitola Golf Club initially leased their old house for the period of five years to set up the academy.
The academy will offer some highly expensive technical supports including Trackman 4, Balance Plates, Sam Putt Lab and BodiTrack Online Video Analysis to the golfers with a minimal cost.
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