Andres Sala Jr. was born in Valencia, Venezuela. He started playing golf at the age of 4 in his native country and promptly fell in love with the game.
After competing in hundreds of junior tournaments, Andres was offered a golf scholarship at Florida International University. After a successful college career, Andres continued playing golf at the professional level. During the next 10 years after after college, Andres played in the South American tour, European Challenge tour and various Mini tours in the United States. His playing career came to an end after many injuries.
Andres stepped away from the game for a couple of years but he decided it was too hard be away from his passion. That is when he decided to go back to the place that taught him the game and became an instructor. In 2020 he became a Leadbetter Instructor where he now shares his knowledge and passion of the game to fellow students.
Brock Ortega started his passion for golf at the age of six as a way to spend time with his father at their local country club in the small town of Green River, Wyoming. Growing up surrounded and obsessed with the game, he started playing competitively on amateur and junior golf tours.
During the harsh Wyoming winters, his family would escape to the sunshine state of Florida. It was at this time that he knew his future would be in golf. While attending FGCU in Fort Myers, he discovered that teaching the game is the way he wanted to pursue his future in golf. As a part of the team at The Leadbetter Golf Academy in Naples, Brock brings an incredible passion for the game as well as a desire to be better and help others achieve their goals
Domenico Geminiani was born in Martinique in 1996. Raised by his Italian father, Dom attained a passion for the game at an early age. He turned pro at the age of 16 and has experience on the PGA Tour, European Tour, PGA Latin America tour and European Challenge Tours. Over the last 15 years Dom has acquired unmatched experience working with David Leadbetter, winning over 25 professional tournaments. In his first year as an assistant professional at Old Corkscrew Golf Club, Dom won the PGA National Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie. Over the years Dom has acquired a passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge with students. He is excited to join the Leadbetter academy and bring his knowledge and experience to the team.
Originally from McComb, Mississippi, Grant first gained interest in the game as a player. After a stellar junior career, he would go on to play for Florida Gulf Coast University located here in sunny Fort Myers, FL. He would collect four wins while in college before graduating and turning professional in May of 2018.
Upon graduating, Grant moved to Orlando, FL, where he would serve as a lead instructor and teaching assistant for David Leadbetter for the next five years at the Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters. Here, he would gain a wide experience working with golfers in the traditional hourly lesson format, full day retreats, and clinic style sessions. He has experience working with juniors, seniors, ladies, and golfers of all skill levels from beginner to LPGA and PGA touring professionals. In Orlando, he led a pod for the full time junior academy, assisted with the Leadbetter Kids program, and also assisting David Leadbetter with his Tour Players.
Grant spends the summer months out West as the director of instruction at the Country Club of the Rockies in Vail, CO and the winters as a Lead Instructor in the Leadbetter Golf Academy at Old Corkscrew Golf Club. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and going to the beach. Grant is excited to share his knowledge and passion for teaching and helping golfers of all levels reach their maximum potential.
Santiago Mari-Garcia was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1980. He turned pro at the age of 19 and became a Class A Member of the PGA of America in 2004. He has spent the last 18 years acquiring unmatched experience in all aspects of the golf game learning from the best in each field, from golf equipment design and development to the golf swing and golf instruction. He made his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Materials of Engineering. Following his Masters Studies in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Germany, specializing in Biomechanics.
Santiago had the opportunity to be exposed to the worlds best players while working as an Assistant Golf Professional at Lake Nona Golf and CC, where he started working with Top Professional Golfers from all major golf tours worldwide on their golf equipment. His experience and expertise kept growing through the years and then he joined the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in 2003 as Director of Club fitting and Golf Equipment, in Championsgate, FL. Here Santiago expanded his knowledge of Professional and Amateur Golf as well as the testing and requirements needed to make top quality and high performance golf equipment. His reputation kept growing and he became the ‘Go To’ person when it came to anything golf equipment related for the best golfers in the world. During this time working with David and the DLGA Team, Santiago learned from the best instructors in golf as well as the best players in the world, working with both top Men and Women golfers, including the winners of many PGA Tour events and major tournaments on all professional circuits.
During the last few years, Santiago has been fortunate to work in development projects and golf academies in different countries, working with top players and creating new technologies used in different golf club heads for different brands holding a some pattents in the industry. Now in 2018, Santiago, our Golf Club Engineer and Golf Instructor, is Located at The Leadbetter Golf Academy in Naples and Miami, Florida.