Where it all started
Lev started playing golf at age of 5, at Kozyn Golf & Country Club, Kiev, Ukraine. As a 6 year old kid he won his first junior club competitions there.
His father Illya, a former badminton top athlete, came to Belgium for business on a regular basis, during most of his holidays Lev joined his father to Belgium, where he was immediately spotted as an exceptional talented junior golfer at Rinkven International Golf Club.
As a 7 year old, he competed in Belgium’s national junior U12 competitions, as well as on the US Kids circuit, with great success, systematically over classing older children.
2017: first international victory
In 2017, age of 9, he won his first international competition at the Cyprus Junior Open, with a score of 83 (par 72). From then on, he further developed as a junior golfer, winning multiple national (Belgian) and International competitions, also in higher age categories. His development progressed, also thanks to training camps in wintertime in the US.
Lev and his father were forced to remain in the US due to the Covid related travel restrictions beginning 2020. Lev joined Team Florida, and played and won several tournaments for the golf team.
European Tour debut
Lev reached 3rd spot on the Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings and #179 on AJGA, as a 13 year old.
End of summer 2021 Lev came back to Belgium, representing his home club Rinkven to immediately win the national Interclub title (title successfully defended in 2022!), and to finish 6th spot on the individual ranking of the European Team Club Championship, still only 13 years old.
Early 2022 Lev won the Waterloo Grand Prix in Belgium, earning his place on the WAGR rankings.
Lev entered his first DP World Tour event in May 2022, at the Soudal Open at Rinkven – still only 14 years young, where he became the second youngest kid ever to make the cut on the European Tour.
Ambition and dreams
Lev has the combination of being a gifted young athlete, with clear ambitions (becoming the number one golfer in the world) and living that dream with discipline, hard work, and mental strength.
He is supported by a top class team of professionals on all different aspects of the game. His career is still young, but all strengths are there to realize his sportive dreams!
What my coaches say about me
I began working with Lev two years ago while he was attending a golf academy here in Orlando. Like many elite juniors, Lev had a plan for the technical side of his game but didn’t have a plan for his mental game. At our first meeting, I could see that he was serious about learning the mental skills he needed to take his game to the next level. I also could see that he had a real love for the game, which is so critical for the long-term development of a player. <strong>We put together a step-by-step plan that included: improving his decision-making ability, helping him deal with adversity during tournament rounds, and giving him some tools to create solid daily habits. He is an eager student and soaked up the information quickly. Lev set himself apart from other juniors because he not only took in the training but actually used it in competition to improve his performance.</strong> The results have been outstanding. He qualified for US Open sectionals, made the cut in a full-field European Tour event, won many junior golf events, and is currently one of the top players in the world for his age. Finally, he is not only an elite golfer but also a great young man. He has a really fun personality and a great presence about him. I know he has an exciting future ahead of him in golf, and I look forward to being a part of all of his accomplishments."
I have been Lev's golf coach and teacher since January of 2020. What a great kid, and a great golfer. This young man emailed me telling me he was a highly ranked junior golfer who had just turned 12 and he felt with my coaching he could be ranked number 1 in the world. In his first lesson, I took him out on hole 1 at Inverrary East Course in Ft Lauderdale, a PGA Tour course, and this confident kid pipes a bomb down the middle, knocks it on the green, and makes a routine par. Knew he was special immediately. I have taught PGA Tour winners... many Division 1 college stars. Saw Lev's gift immediately...and he became the number one ranked 12-year-old in the world soon after. Lev has proceeded to improve and his work ethic is second to none. At 13 he became the youngest male ever to get past stage one of US Open Qualifying...and at 14 he became the 2nd youngest player ever to make the cut on the European Tour. Was I surprised? NO!!! Mildy at best. Lev has everything it takes to continue his golf journey and WIN at the highest level. When I asked Lev his goals at age 12 he looked at me and sincerely told me "I want to break Tiger and Sam Snead's record for most wins on the PGA Tour and Jack Nicklaus' record for majors"....Loved that answer. Lev is very talented, very confident, and honestly VERY driven. I love being his golf teacher, golf coach, mentor, and friend! Lev is special...watch him play and watch him practice and it's clear he is very much on a career path to greatness. I try to keep him balanced in life and golf and want Lev to be surrounded by positive energy. His dad and he have spent many years working towards Lev's golf goals. In my professional opinion, Lev is the best junior golfer I have ever seen. That's saying a lot as my daughter Carly Ray was a highly decorated junior golf star who dominated as a junior golfer. Lev in my eyes has EVERYTHING to continue to play and win against the best players in the world. Nothing Lev does surprises me as I told him he was the best 12-year olf golfer in the world when he was 12. As he ages and matures, I see only more and more success for Lev, and nothing he does will surprise me as I know how great he is on the course. Love Lev and I see his future as so bright and greatness ahead!