A group of Myerscough College golf students have headed to St Andrews to work at a major event on the European Tour.
Myerscough’s golfers always enjoy a year packed with activities to compliment their study programmes and 2017 begins with experiencing the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The tournament is one of the European Tour’s most well-known events, and is played over four days at three of the most famous golf courses in the world - Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews.
The Myerscough students will a number of duties during the week, gaining valuable work experience in the golf industry while at the same time getting the chance to get up close and personal with some of European Tour’s best players.
Myerscough College students have been volunteering at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2004, and now they perform a vital role in the operation of the event across all three courses, including scoreboard operating and carrying, marking GPS positions for TV, and assisting camera operators and scorers.
Course leader, Rick Daniels said: ‘’We have run golf programmes at Myerscough since 1994, starting in management and in recent years, coaching too.
‘’Our courses look at areas including biomechanics, nutrition, fitness and the psychology side of golf, it’s a niche market, which no one else does. Every year we sit down with a technical advisory board to make sure that we’re not missing anything that we should offer.
‘’For more than 20 years the management programme has provided a generic view of the golf industry. You get a sample of different areas, but some continue their studies and obtain a Masters in Event Management. Others go into player management. We also try and work at as many key events in the calendar as possible and in the past these have included the Ryder Cup, the BMW PGA Championship and the Portugal Masters, as well of course as Dunhill.
‘’We have students across the world and many come to us from mainland Europe. At the moment, we in excess of 200 students go through the system. We would love to take more but we like to think we provide quality rather than quantity. Students leave Myerscough with transferrable skills that can be used outside of the golf industry, such as marketing, event management, finance and human resources.’’
You can read more about Myerscough students working at the event by reading: https://issuu.com/standrewsmagazine/docs/st_andrews_magazine_launch_edition/89
For details of study programmes in golf available at both further and higher education level, click here: http://www.myerscough.ac.uk/courses/golf/
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by Dave Salmon