R&A announce record bursaries

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.
Irish recipients

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