Three former Myerscough College golf students lived the dream at the weekend when they got the chance to rub shoulders with some of the sport’s biggest names.
Simon Borle, Steven Hewitt and Scott Wood (pictured, right) all graduated from the college in 2012 with a BA (Hons) degree in golf management.
And they received the perfect opportunity to put their skills to the test when they helped prepare the course for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2013.
The tournament attracted many of the game’s best players, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who both incidentally missed the cut.
It was Welshman Jamie Donaldson who emerged victorious over the four days beating England’s Justin Rose and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen by a single shot.
The trio had earlier arrived in the United Arab Emirates to begin six-month internship at the world famous Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Resort.
This opportunity has been made available to Myerscough graduates because of the college’s extensive network within the global golf industry.
The current head of operations at Abu Dhabi is Phil Waine, who graduated from Myerscough in 2005.
The course leader for the golf management degree at Myerscough College Rick Daniels said: “Being able to offer graduates the experience of working at one of the world’s best modern golf resorts is what makes Myerscough College unique.
“The experience is unrivalled. The opportunity to work behind the ropes during the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship is truly a one-off experience.
“The fact that they are working under the guidance of a former student, who now manages operations at the resort, shows the type of career paths Myerscough can offer.
“I wish the lads the best of luck with their internship.
“I’m confident that one day all three of the lads will be in a senior position at golf resorts of a similar prestige and standing in the global golf industry.”
As part of their internship, the three graduates will be given wide-ranging responsibilities within the golf management operation at the resorts.
This will include work as course and tournament starters, driving range and golf shop attendants, and responsibility forsetting up the golf courses for championship play.