Record number of scholars for 2010/2011 academic year

For the 2010/2011 academic year, The R&A has awarded a record number of Foundation scholarships, taking support of student golf to over £300,000. 121 scholars from 12 countries, including Fiji, Japan and South Africa, have benefited, enabling them to continue their competitive golf careers while in further education.

In what is the most international group of scholars since the programme began in the early 80’s, five supported students are based in each of France, Italy and Spain, with a further two in Germany. There are also 10 Russian scholars, all of whom study at the University of Sport in Moscow.

“We have been pleased to offer more Foundation scholarships to a more international community of students this academic year” said The R&A’s Assistant Director of Golf Development, Alison White. “It’s particularly encouraging that more talented female players have earned scholarships, a fact that reflects a noticeable improvement in the standard of women’s student golf.”

Kelsey MacDonald and Patrick Spraggs, last year's Scholars Tournament Champions.This year there are 45 female scholars, including Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini, the winner of the 2010 Nigerian Open and South African Amateur Championship, who is about to begin her higher education at Pretoria University in South Africa.

Another, Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald, the women’s champion at the 2010 Foundation Scholars Tournament in St Andrews, recently represented The R&A alongside Clemence Abrahamian at the Argentinean Ladies Open Championship. The pair also played a challenge match against an Argentine Golf Association team comprising Victoria Tanco and Manuela Carbajo Re.

Applications for scholarships are considered from male players with handicaps of +1 or better, female players with handicaps of 3 or better, and from players who are members of their national squads.

The 2011 R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, to which 60 students will be invited to compete, will take place on St Andrews’ Eden and Old courses on 4 and 5 April.