Golfers driving for Nationals

Published Friday, 17th November 2017 in Study at SRUC news

The golf teams from SRUC’s Elmwood campus
Pictured: The golf teams from SRUC’s Elmwood campus

Two golf teams from SRUC’s Elmwood campus are on course to qualify for the chance to compete among the best in Britain.

Recent victories in tournaments at Royal Musselburgh and at Craigielaw Golf Club have put the six-strong teams from Fife in pole position at the halfway stage of qualifying for both the Intercollegiate Tour and the British Schools and Colleges League.

Following the Christmas break, Elmwood’s finest will again lock horns with Musselburgh’s Loretto School and Durham Sixth Form Academy in February for the chance to compete among some of the UK’s best young golfers, with only the top team qualifying for the National Championships in May.

If the Elmwood teams qualify, they will be looking to emulate their success of 2010, when they were crowned British Schools and Colleges champions at Fairmont St Andrews.

The teams consist of student golfers across the NC/HNC and HND in Professional Golf, based at Elmwood.

One of the star players, HND Professional Golf student Craig McKenzie, said: “These tournaments give us the opportunity to compete against some strong competition and also the chance to qualify for Nationals each year.  Studying at Elmwood Campus is really good as it allows us to compete as well as further our studies.”

Fraser Hutchison, Lecturer in Golf and Sport at SRUC’s Elmwood campus, said: “Our golf teams have an excellent track record, qualifying consistently for the national finals over the past seven years. The teams have put themselves in an excellent position at the halfway stage and, if they do qualify for the nationals, then I think they’ll have a great chance to be crowned the best in Britain.”

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