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Braemar Golf Increase Applied Golf Management Studies Placements

8.09am 14th June 2012 - People

(l - r); David Ritchie, Jade Lucus, Matt Jones

Braemar Golf is delighted to announce that three 2nd year students from the University of Birmingham’s Applied Golf Management Studies (AGMS) Degree will be placed at their managed facilities this summer.

David Ritchie will be placed at Golf Club Zavidovo PGA National Russia for 4 months, to assist Director of Golf David Hartshorne during the soft opening period of the facility, in preparation of the official opening, which will take place on 7th September.

Matt Jones is off to Muscat Hills Golf and Country Club in Oman for two months. Matt will be working alongside PGA Professionals Alex Day and David White, where he will be assisting Alex at the Golf Academy and David within the Golf Operations.

At the same time, Jade Lucus will be taking up a placement at the Pravets Golf and Spa in Bulgaria, which is the venue for the PGA Professional Championship of Europe, which takes place in September. Jade will be assisting Pravet’s Director of Instruction, William Dow, at the fantastic Golf Academy and also assisting Director of Golf, Alan Rogut, in the run up to the PGA Professional Championship of Europe.

The Applied Golf Management Studies course is a unique partnership between the PGA and University of Birmingham (UoB) – the only golf degree to offer the opportunity to apply for PGA membership.

The overall aim of the degree is to raise the level of education in golf to equip candidates for increasingly demanding roles such as a Director of Golf. Only 25 places are available in each year with strict entry requirements such as excellent ‘A’ level profile (or equivalent) and a Handicap of <4 (men) <6 (women). The Course covers; Business Management; Event Management; Coach Education; Sports Science; Materials Science; Analysis of Swing Theory and is delivered by a combination of PGA and UoB staff. Students are required to complete work placements during the summer vacations.

David Ritchie said on his appointment: “I am honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to work at such a prestigious project and the fact that it carries the PGA brand is an added bonus. The facility is extremely impressive and I am looking forward to assisting the team in opening the facility in early September. I am also enjoying the challenge of learning about a whole new culture and the Russian language too!”

“I think going to Bulgaria will be a great experience and I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to work in, what looks to be, a new, innovative club. I am especially excited about getting involved in the organization of the UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe. I feel I will learn a lot working at Pravets and with Braemar Golf – I am really looking forward to my time there” said Lucus.

Jones, commenting on his placement, said “Thomas Devine a fellow AGMS student has told me a lot about his valuable experiences in Oman last summer and I am really looking forward to the challenge. Despite being hot there in the summer, there is still plenty of demand for golf lessons and the club still runs an active calendar of events.”

“Braemar Golf is delighted to get involved in placing the AGMS students at their management facilities and this is the third year and our largest number of placements to date. We are constantly on the lookout for talented people to move into management positions, so by giving the students a placement, it gives them a taster of what is expected of them in the future,” added Michael Braidwood, Braemar Golf’s Operations Director.

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