Five of Scotland’s leading amateur golfers will spend a week at the world famous IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida preparing for the new season as part of a new partnership between the Scottish Golf Union and IMG Academies.
The in-kind sponsorship agreement has been brokered by IMG as part of their commitment to help develop Scottish golfing talent, enabling the SGU to increase the support to its elite level players during the winter training programme.
John Murray, IMG Vice President Golf, said: “IMG are delighted to be supporting the SGU and their elite squad training programme. We hope the team and coaches will benefit from having access to the world class facilities at Bradenton as they prepare for the 2010 season ahead.”
Welcoming the new partnership, SGU Chief Executive Hamish Grey said: “Having use of the facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton is a great boost for the squad, allowing us to prepare for some big events coming up, including the Jones Cup and the Spanish and Portuguese Amateur Championships.
“The facilities are world class, with some of the best players in the world also using the resort as their base and we are grateful to IMG and IMG Academies for their fantastic support.”
Located in south-west Florida, IMG Academies has a rich history in developing champions across a number of sports with its roll call of golfers including Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and PGA Tour star Sean O’Hair. The Academy also boasts a spectacular 6,855 yard championship course with views of the pristine Sarasota Bay.
David Whelan, Director of the IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy, said: “With the SGU’s rich tradition and long history of success, it is truly a great honour for the Academy to host the SGU players and coaches. Having some of the best training facilities in the world, we are confident that the SGU will benefit from their time at the Academy.”
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