There are many ways in which young golfers can enjoy golf whilst they are studying and also go on to establish a career within the game. There are bursaries available to low handicap student golfers at an increasing number of universities and colleges, some of which are funded by the institutions themselves and some of which are awarded by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A).
It is important that youngsters are given the opportunity to continue their education and obtain whatever qualifications they set out to achieve. Even the most talented junior golfers should consider their options to ensure that they have a back up plan if their golfing aspirations don’t come to fruition.
The following information is taken from the EGU/ELGA publication entitled ‘Education & Careers in Golf: A comprehensive guide to playing golf whilst studying and the opportunities available for a career within golf’ (this publication is available from the EGU at www.englishgolfunion.org or telephone 01526 354500).
The main part of the Education and Careers booklet consists of entries from the universities/colleges themselves, however it has been divided into further sections to make it more user-friendly:
This booklet has been compiled by the EGU and ELGA, however it is not an exhaustive document and whilst every effort has been made to obtain accurate and up to date information this cannot be guaranteed. Readers should always contact the university or college direct for the most up to date information.
University and college information
The booklet contains the following information on universities and colleges:
Financial help for student golfers
There are a number of funding opportunities available for student golfers, including financial support to talented golfers that are part of English national squads.
The booklet highlights the following areas:
Studying at an American University
There are over 3,000 institutions in America with in excess of 600 programmes that offer a liberal arts education of variety, flexibility and academic quality. More than 1,200 of these institutions have competitive golf programmes for men and women and many schools offer golf scholarships to accomplished players.
The Educational Advisory Service (EAS) of The US-UK Fulbright Commission, funded by the American Government aims to help students make informed decisions from the wealth of choice and is the primary source of information in the UK on US education.
Resources include: Beginners Guide to Undergraduate Study in the USA; A Few Things to Know Before You Go; A pre-departure guide, published by EAS;
Universities in the USA: The UK Guide to US Universities. A guide to a selection of US universities. Information sheets on athletic scholarships, gap year opportunities, US colleges in the UK and temporary work exchange schemes.
Contact: US Educational Advisory Service, The Fulbright Commission, Fulbright House, 62 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2JZ