The R&A has announced that a record number of 91 students will, this year, receive Foundation Bursary funding. Individual bursaries range in size from £500 to £3,000. Students from Belgium, Iceland, Italy, New Zealand and Zambia are amongst those awarded bursaries, which are intended to enable golfers to combine their studies with competitive play.
The R&A’s total annual spend on university golf currently exceeds £320,000 and includes grants to support golf programmes at 12 universities in Great Britain and Ireland.
The Old and Eden Courses in St Andrews will provide the venues for The R&A bursars’ tournament in April. For the first time, World Amateur Golf Ranking points are at stake in this event and the winning male student will gain an automatic place in Europe’s 2008 Palmer Cup team to play against the United States of America at Glasgow Gailes at the end of June. In the women’s event, the winner will be offered a place in the field at one of the LET’s tournaments this season.
Name Place of Study Home Club
Rachel Cassidy Stirling The Island
Louise Coffey Ulster Warrenpoint
Sarah Cunningham Maynooth Ennis
Cian Curley Maynooth Newlands
Niamh Kitching Limerick Claremorris
Alex McCloy Ulster Ballymena
Anne McCormack Maynooth Roscommon
Kelan McDonagh Maynooth Athlone
Naoimh McMahon Limerick Shannon
Louise Mernagh Maynooth Woodenbridge
James Monaghan Maynooth The Island
Aedin Murphy Maynooth Carlow
Ciaran O’Connor Dublin Athlone
Gillian O’Leary Dublin Cork
James Patterson Queens, Belfast Royal Portrush
Catherine Tucker Limerick Limerick
Brendan Walton Maynooth The Island
Simon Ward Ulster Co Louth