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Ukrainian junior golfer Mykhailo Golod en route to Florida, Leadbetter says

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Ukrainian junior golfer Mykhailo Golod en route to Florida, Leadbetter says

PONTE VEDRA Seashore, Fla. – A journey that started in war-torn Kyiv, Ukraine, and crossed the Hungarian border on Thursday will guide 15-yr-previous Mykhailo “Misha” Golod to Orlando, Florida, and the David Leadbetter Academy.

Golod is anticipated to land in Central Florida on Friday evening pursuing his flight from Kyiv, where he and his spouse and children had been sheltering due to the fact the Russian invasion late past thirty day period. In an interview with Golfing Digest past week, Golod said the war was closing in on household. “We listen to, it looks like, 50 explosions a day,” he explained.

Right after examining the Golfing Digest story, Leadbetter emailed Golod and started arranging the youthful golfer’s journey out of Ukraine.

“The whole condition is so awful,” Leadbetter reported. “This poor kid, all he would like to do is enjoy golfing.”

Before this week, Golod started traveling west toward Hungary and absent from the advancing Russian armed forces. Due to the fact Golod’s father is deemed combating age (between 18 and 60) he was not ready to vacation with his son and Golod’s mother, who will fly from Budapest to London before catching a flight to the United States.

David Leadbetter aids Golod escape Ukraine

David Leadbetter helps Golod escape Ukraine

When Golod comes in Central Florida, the plan is for him to enroll in Leadbetter’s golf academy at ChampionsGate Resort and continue to be with a single of the legendary coach’s assistants. Golod will continue on to choose digital courses with his school in Ukraine.

“At 15, he’s pretty mature and about the very last two months he’s developed up rather a little bit,” Leadbetter stated. 

Leadbetter is teaming with the AJGA to assistance raise economic aid for Golod and some other Ukrainian golfers. There are a lot less than 4,000 golfers in Ukraine and few golfing courses, like Golod’s home class, which has been taken over by the Russian armed forces.

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