Friday, 6 January 2017

Golf coach David Leadbetter launches India's first Leadbetter branded Golf Academy at Oxford Golf Resort, Pune

Anil Seolekar, Chairman, Oxford Group and David Leadbetter, Legenda

David Leadbetter, Legendary Golfer and founder of Leadbetter Golf Academies with Roland Folger, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India

  • World-renowned Golf coach David Leadbetter has launched a new Leadbetter Golf Academy within India’s Oxford Golf Resort – Pune’s top leisure resort
  • Along with Mercedes-Benz India golfing tournament; tees-off the 17th edition of the MercedesTrophy in Pune at Oxford Golf Resort

06 January 2017, Pune: Oxford Golf Resort, a quintessential 18 hole private golf resort spread across 150 acres within the 1000 Acres township launched today India’s first Leadbetter golf academy adding a historical page to the golfing chapter in India. The Leadbetter Golf Academy will spearhead the way in India as the most technologically advanced training facility boasting of the very latest equipment.


The Leadbetter Academy at Oxford Golf Resort will provide expert tuition and coaching to all levels and ages of golfers. Whether a beginner, weekend golfer or professional, they have a programme to suit all needs. From one day “Express” schools to long term “Evolve” package, their highly trained Leadbetter instructors will take golfers through an individual blue print for success. The Academy at Oxford will offer Trackman 4, Balance Plates, K/Vest, Sam Putt Lab and Swing Catalyst Online Video Analysis for the learning benefits of golf students.

David Leadbetter is a legendary golfer credited with inventing the modern golf instruction industry. David’s unique and holistic approach to the golf swing has helped countless tour professionals reach the pinnacle of the sport including 21 Major winners and 7 No. 1s around the world. Aside from that, his focus on teacher training and development has helped grow his network of elite coaches and Leadbetter Golf Academies across the globe.
Speaking at the launch of the academy, Mr. Anil Seolekar, Chairman, Oxford Group said, “One of our passions at the academy is to develop the stars of tomorrow. We offer a comprehensive, holistic junior programme - for grass roots levels and “Get Golf Ready” programmes for elite level coaching. We also provide residential “Junior Performance Camps” and an exciting “Junior Satellite Programme” for those that live afar. Additionally, the Academy will offer Mental Conditioning sessions and Physical performance training as an integral part of the junior development mission. I am grateful to Mr. Leadbetter for honoring us with India’s maiden academy at Oxford Golf Resort and hope to continue this association for the long run.”

Sharing his excitement at the launch of India’s first David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Golf icon, David Leadbetter said, “I congratulate Oxford Golf Resort for hosting the David Leadbetter Golf Academy with a view of honing and shaping the immense golfing talent present in India. Together, we aim to provide the best golf training in the country and assist all golfers; amateurs and professionals realize their big golf dream.”

Oxford Golf Resort will also offer night practice opportunities for golf enthusiasts who find it difficult to pursue their golfing passion due to time crunch. Besides this, Oxford Golf Resort is committed to developing the golfing talent in India through their CSR initiative where they will search and invest in young talent who show promise of a bright golf future.

On 7th January, David Leadbetter will inaugurate the new ‘TIGER 9’ (9 Tee boxes at Oxford) with the opening of the new daring tee boxes Oxford Golf Course will be 7324 yards (Longest in the Country)

The David Leadbetter Golf Academy is now open at Oxford Golf Resort and more information regarding registration and other FAQs can be found here:

About Oxford Golf Resort:

Oxford Golf Resort, a quintessential private resort spread across 150 acres offers a range of handpicked amenities to suit your lifestyle. With a picturesque golf course, a fully-equipped Leadbetter branded 42-bay golf academy and an assortment of adventure activities, we ensure you a worldclass experience. Top it all off with classic wooden chalet & tented accommodations for an overnight stay and there you have quality resort-living!

Some of our most prestigious awards:

 Rated Top 10 Golf Course in Asia Pacific – Asian Golf Monthly.
 Award winning Course in India – Asia Pacific Golf Awards
 India’s largest golf training academy – with a 3 tier 42 bay driving range.
 Annual footfalls of 15000 corporate/amateur golfer
 Annual footfalls of 28000 golfers and 100000 members/guests.
 Banqueting space attracts upto 3000 PAX 100 days in a year.
 Residential facility of 17 keys operational and 72 keys by mid-2017 attracting footfalls of 20000 families.
 Course attracts 35 corporate tournaments with footfalls of 10000 golfers/ associates.
 Oxford Sponsors 6-8 Amateur championships of IGU, attracting press coverage.
 Oxford is home to 2 pro-golf events annually, attracting press & media coverage.
 Oxford is home to the IPL cricketers.
 Board room/conferencing facility is home to major corporate programs all year around.
 Right in the heart of the Oxford Golf Resort, lies OX Adventures - Cocooned amid the scenic beauty of rolling hills, just minutes away from the city. It’s the perfect place for nature-lovers and adrenaline junkies alike!


Pune: The country’s leading luxury car maker, Mercedes-Benz India teed-off the 2017
MercedesTrophy in Pune at the Oxford Golf Resort. The annual tournament is in its 17th edition in India and it will be played in a span of 24 days engaging about 2500 golfers in the country. Over the years, MercedesTrophy has become the most coveted participative golf tournaments in India.

MercedesTrophy makes it to one of the world’s largest sporting events which witnesses’
participation of approximately 60,000 golfers from across 60 countries, all vying for the prized title.

All the 36 winners from the qualifying rounds being held in 12 cities – Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Jaipur and Greater Noida will then compete at the National Finals at the Oxford Golf Resort, Pune in March.

The most celebrated personality of the golfing fraternity, David Leadbetter graced the opening occasion being held at Oxford Golf Resort. He conducted a special golf clinic where he introduced non-golfers to the sport. David Leadbetter is the pioneer of David Leadbetter Golfing Academies, which has presence across 13 countries, India being one of them. Mr. Leadbetter has coached many of the world’s greatest touring professionals and now will set up his State of Art academy in India’s top golf course ‘Oxford Golf Resort.’

Three finalists who qualify at the National Finals will get a lifetime opportunity to participate in the MercedesTrophy World Finals at Stuttgart, Germany in September 2017. These finalists will get a chance to compete against the best of talents from all over the world. The entry into the National Final is limited to Mercedes-Benz owners only.

Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India stated “Golfing is one of those sports, which essentially represents an evolved and sophisticated lifestyle across the world, the attributes which seamlessly blend with Mercedes-Benz values. The association of sporting prowess and lifestyle finesse has been a hallmark of the MercedesTrophy. We are glad to witness that MercedesTrophy has emerged into the most coveted golfing tournament across India organized by a luxury car maker, and it bears testimony to our fruitful association with golf globally.

MercedesTrophy is specially curated for patrons, prospects and opinion leaders, which provides the right mix for an exclusive social interaction. We are delighted to welcome friends, customers and golfing aficionados from across cities for the MercedesTrophy’s 17th edition.”

In this annual Indian edition, the sought after ‘Drive to Major’ contest will see one winner travel as a guest of Mercedes-Benz India to the British Open this July, adding to the excitement. A unique contest for ‘Best Maintained Car’ on each day of qualifiers will see one lucky winner get a direct wild card entry to the National Final in Pune.

Mercedes-Benz also boasts of prominent presence in professional golf through its association with Major Championships - British Open Championship, Augusta Masters and PGA Championship.

About MercedesTrophy

The MercedesTrophy has a legacy of more than two decades as the biggest and finest golfing event in the world. Now in its 17th edition in India, the prestigious tournament offers Indian golfers the coveted opportunity to compete internationally even as they rub shoulders with some of the game's most successful proponents. Globally, over 60,000 golfers from 60 countries vie for the top honours in the tournament that defines sports, exclusivity, entertainment and glamour, with a class that epitomizes Mercedes-Benz.