The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, through their Golf Course Committee, is to establish three bursaries for aspiring golf course architects who are studying on the Masters and Diploma programmes at Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University.
The bursaries, each worth £1,500, are to be awarded each year to selected students, and will help particularly those coming to Scotland from abroad with their travelling expenses.
Howard Swan, chairman of EIGCA/ECA Education Board commented, “We are delighted to have been successful in gaining these bursaries for our students. The support of the R&A for our Institute is extremely important to us and by this initiative the grass roots of our profession are encouraged greatly.
“We need to continue to strive to ensure that those wishing to join our ranks are properly and adequately educated and trained.”
Curtis Liesenfelt from USA and Brian Phillips, an Englishman practising in Norway, achieved top marks in last year’s Masters course. Liesenfelt wins the Toro Student Architect of the Year award and Phillips the Barenbrug prize
Mike Wood, course director for the Masters programme and himself a graduate of EIGCA, added, “It was a very strong group again last year and these guys represent the cream of the crop. I‘m sure they will all continue to develop their skills within the profession and would love to see them all, in time, become full members.”
Currently 24 student members of EIGCA are studying at Edinburgh, on the full time Masters programme and the part time Diploma programme, and are actively involved in the professional development initiatives of the Institute.
Part of the students‘ courses is now a tutorial and mentoring scheme operated and funded by EIGCA and its membership, soon to include work placement and secondment to EIGCA member practices.