For the fourth year in succession, Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia returned to PGA Catalunya Resort to witness the positive impact golf continues to have on students from his Junior Golf Academy.
Since it was established in 2012 as a collaboration between the Fundación Sergio Garcia and PGA Catalunya Resort, the Sergio Garcia Junior Golf Academy has enabled juniors from various backgrounds to play golf, with a specific focus on having fun.
During his visit, Spain’s number one golfer gave masterclasses to local school children and a group from Consorci Sant Gregori, an organisation created to help children with special educational needs, utilising the resort’s acclaimed practice facilities, which include a 250 metre wide driving range and 2,000 square metre short game area, providing a fitting stage.
A three-hole exhibition match
The golf clinics were followed by a three-hole exhibition match on the Stadium Course, with 27 youngsters experiencing what it is like to play golf with one of the world’s best players.
Speaking during his visit, Garcia said: “It is a real pleasure to return to PGA Catalunya Resort once again and see so many familiar faces among the junior golfers. It has been so rewarding to see them continue to enjoy the game of golf and develop their skills.
“When the academy was first established, we had two clear objectives: to find and coach some of Spain’s best young golfers and to help individuals with physical and learning disabilities enjoy golf – and I am very proud to see these are being met.
The Academy uses the TPI teaching program, which centers on long-term athletic development as its guiding principle. This focuses on juniors performing age-appropriate drills designed to maximise their full athletic potential, not just their golf swing.
Read more: Sergio Garcia Junior Academy