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Student Caddies’ Top Flight Experience

Published Wednesday, 18th June 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Student golfers caddying at Gleneagles

Golf students studying at the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently acted as caddies for a prestigious tournament held at Gleneagles.

Since 2008 the Elmwood-based students have been invited to caddy for the Aberdeen Oilmen Golf Association’s annual event which is held at the course each year, taking over the hotel and all surrounding facilities on the estate.

Fraser Hutchison, Sport and Tourism Lecturer, says:

“As the students study a caddying module as part of the course, this has been an ideal opportunity for them to put their knowledge and customer service skills to the test! Over the seven years of being involved in the AOGA event, more than 280 students have caddied with many taking up seasonal caddying positions thereafter as a result.”

During the three days students are spread across the three Championship courses with some having the opportunity to caddy on the PGA Centenary Course; venue of this year’s Ryder Cup.

Fraser says: “Year on year, we have received a lot of positive feedback as a result of the excellent work the students do. Indeed, many of the event participants request the same student caddy over the three days of the event, due to their knowledge and strong customer service skills. This is particularly encouraging to hear as these are key employability skills that are being transferred into a real world work environment.”

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