Learning from Marc Leishman was a surreal experience for some of the south-west's best junior golfers.
South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) athletes got the chance to meet the Warrnambool export and international golf star at Warrnmabool Golf Club on Sunday.
Hamilton golfer and SWAS athlete Daniel Battista was over the moon to have Leishman back in Warrnambool.
"It's been pretty crazy," the 18-year-old said on Sunday.
"Seeing Marc on the TV last week at The Presidents Cup and now he's here telling you how to hit a bunker shot out of a plugged lie - it's pretty crazy.
"And it's just good that's he taken the time out to come and teach us, even if we just take little things out of today, it's been worthwhile."
Battista said it was nerve-racking to meet the top golfer at Warrnambool Golf Course.
"You don't know how to react, you follow him on your phone and TV all the time about the scores and everything," he said.
"Now he's here you're like 'what do I do?
"It's great to see him."
The promising youngster said he would take a key lesson from Sunday's clinic.
"Practice your short game, I think that's Marc's message," he said.
"And have fun with it, if you're not having fun with golf then there's no point playing competitively."
Leishman also mentored Barwon Sports Academy and WestVic Academy of Sport athletes on Sunday.
He ran a short game clinic and played a hole with each of the four groups of players.
"There's some great players out here, some really good people and it's nice to be back in Warrnambool and enjoying it," he said.
Leishman played against Tiger Woods in The Presidents Cup in the past fortnight.
The 36-year-old, who turned professional in 2005, has had four PGA tour victories and five international wins overall.
He is also a member of Brauer College's Sporting Hall of Fame.
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