Six Scholars contesting Espirito Santo Trophy

Danielle McVeighSix past and present R&A Foundation Scholars are representing five separate countries at the 2010 Espirito Santo Trophy which is currently taking place in Argentina. The Espirito Santo Trophy forms part of the World Amateur Team Championships, the biennial international amateur golf competitions rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe-Africa.

Scholars form two-thirds of Scotland’s three-woman team. Louise Kenney, now a school teacher in Dunfermline, Fife, received R&A support some years ago, while Kelsey MacDonald, the winner of the 2010 R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament is a current student at Stirling University. MacDonald, who was first-reserve for this year’s Curtis Cup match against the USA, is also the reigning Scottish Ladies’ Amateur Champion.

Ireland’s Danielle McVeigh, who earned two and a half points for Great Britain and Ireland at the Curtis Cup in June, is a Scholar studying at the National University of Ireland Maynooth in Kildare, while St Andrews University undergraduate Gemma Bradbury, who is representing Wales this week, is another current recipient of R&A support.

Completing the six are Italy’s Anna Roscio, the girlfriend of Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari, and Lucie Andre of France, who both received financial assistance while studying in their home countries.

“The R&A places great emphasis on finding promising golfers who wish to combine academic qualifications with golf at elite standard, no matter where they play the game,” explained R&A Assistant Director of Golf Development Alison White. “It is pleasing to see so many of these young women playing such a high level of golf while completing their studies – it’s exactly what the Foundation Scholarship fund seeks to promote.”

During the 2009 – 2010 academic year, The R&A supported 113 Foundation Scholars with grants totalling over £100,000 to help them continue their careers in competitive golf, whilst completing their higher education. In order to qualify for a Scholarship, women must possess a handicap of three or less while men must be plus-one or better.

Included in the most recent list of Foundation Scholars, were students from Zimbabwe, Fiji and Iceland, as well as a record number of players from the home nations and Europe.