Golf Plus | Golf instructor David Leadbetter promotes new book


World renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter, who lives in Bradenton, has kept a busy schedule lately.

He's currently promoting his new book, "The A Swing: The Revolutionary Alternative Approach to Great Golf," at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Leadbetter is at the Juvent Sports Location's booth through Friday. Local amateur Arlene McKitrick, who is a Leadbetter student and has amassed more than 200 victories, is using Leadbetter's new 'A Swing' technique and is scheduled to be at the booth, too.

In addition to promoting the book, which is slated for release in May 2015, Leadbetter was recently diagnosed with cataracts and underwent successful laser cataract surgery at the Center for Sight in Sarasota. Dr. David Shoemaker performed the operation in December.

Saint Stephen's senior Jack Tianyi Cen claimed a top 10 finish in a recent American Junior Golf Association tournament. Cen finished in ninth place at the EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Championship at Timacuan Golf & Country Club in Lake Mary last weekend.

Cen posted rounds of 74-73--147 to finish 11 shots behind Orlando's Eugene Hong, who won by eight over second-place Will Miles, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., on the par-72 course measuring 6,954 yards.

In the girls division, Bradenton's Qingyi Symba Xu came back from a disastrous opening round 81 to fire a 4-under par 68 in the second round to share fourth place with two other places. Xu's 149 total was nine shots behind Lake Mary's Abbey Carlson, who posted rounds of 68-72--140 for the title.

The Manatee Seminole Club, which supports Florida State University in Manatee County, is holding a night golf event on Feb. 13 at the Suncoast Golf Center, a lighted golf facility near the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport.

The tournament, held on a Friday, starts at 6:15 p.m. and costs $25 for adults and $20 for students. The fee includes refreshments, sandwiches, door prizes and raffle tickets are available. It's limited to the first 40 golfers. Registration can be found on the Manatee Seminole Club's website at or its page on Facebook at Manatee Seminole Club.

The Florida State Golf Association's Florida Junior Tour is heading to Brooksville this weekend, and there are a few Manatee County junior golfers taking aim at the boys and girls titles of the 13-15 year old age division tournament.

Bradenton's Bozhou Li, Alyssa Mercado and Ariel (SiQin) Yu are all scheduled to compete.

Lakewood Ranch's Mike Wijas and Bradenton's Tyler Carlson are currently on the alternate list.

The tournament begins Saturday and concludes Sunday.

The FJT returns to Manatee County in two weeks at Parrish's River Wilderness Golf and Country Club.


On Dec. 19 at Peridia, Mike Frank aced the 120-yard 16th hole with a 9-iron. Witness was Don Wilkinsky.

On Jan. 3 at The River Club, Ed Freshwater aced the 8th hole. Witnesses were Rogers, Bickle and Gadbois.

On Jan. 7 at University Park, Jim Johnson aced the 152-yard 8th hole with a 5-wood. Witnesses were Juri Pill, Mike Kirby and Bern Ferber.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer