Congratulations to the 2018-19 LGA Instructor of the Year!
Chema Sánchez - Director of Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy / Senior Certified Instructor – Orlando, Florida
Chema Sánchez, originally from Barcelona, Spain, played golf professionally for the PGA of Spain from 2001-2003, and is still currently a member of the PGA of Spain.
He was most recently awared Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers in America list for 2018-2019. He reached the level of Master Teaching Professional by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation in 2002 and completed the LGA Instructor Certification in 2003. Sánchez is also currently certified by TPI, Flightscope, and GGGA.
After coming to the U.S. full time in 2008, Sánchez became a certified coach at The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. He reached the level of Senior Instructor in 2009, and added the role of Director of Player & Business Development for Latin America until 2015.
Sánchez currently coaches elite college and junior players, including World top 50 ranked Jorge Garcia, Maria Fassi, and Karl Vilips. He also currently coaches and supports PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players including Carlos Ortiz, Juan Sebastian Muñoz, and 2016 Olympian Rodolfo Cazaubon. During his time assisting Gilchrist, Chema had the opportunity to work with players such as Morgan Hoffman, Peter Hanson, Charles Howell, Yani Tseng, Morgan Pressel, and Shanshan Feng.
Along with being recognized as an AJGA Junior Advisor for Latin America, Sánchez is also involved in Tournament organization for the AJGA Sergio Garcia Foundation Championship.
He has a long-standing history with the Mexico Golf Federation, including:
- Mexico Team “Team Leader” at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 (Rio Janeiro, Brazil)
- Mexico Team “Coaching staff” for the World Amateur Team Championship 2014 (Tokyo, Japan)
- Mexico Team “Coaching Staff” for the World Amateur Team Championship 2016 (Cancun, Mexico)
- Coaching Team (Junior & Amateurs) 2009 to present
- Mexico Team Junior (Boys) National Coach 2013
- Mexico Team “Captain & Coach” for the Spirit International 2011 – 2013 – 2015 (runner-up)
- Mexico Team “Captain & Coach” for the Juniors Americas Cup 2013 (runner-up team) – 2014 – 2016
- Mexico Team “Captain & Coach” for the Toyota World Junior Cup 2014 – 2015 – 2016 (Nagoya, Japan)
- Mexico Team “Coaching Staff” for the Latin-America Amateur Championship 2015, 2016, 2017
- Mexico Team “Coaching Staff” Panamerican Games 2015 (Toronto, Canada)