Sport Students Residential Trip to East Lothian
In mid-April, students from our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Tournament Golf degree attended their annual residential trip to East Lothian where they are able to access world class training facilities, courses and continue to network within the golfing community.
The students were in good spirts as the previous week student Isaac Rowlands, finished in the BUCS top 50 student golfers earning him an invitation to the Golf Tour Finals and after 72 holes finished in a highly respectable 17th place and also earned himself Newman Sports Personality of the Year. On arrival to Scotland, they played at Gullane Golf Club where there has been a link course for over 350 years and one of Scotland’s most prestigious member club and host of the British Open. For the rest of the residential the students had Archerfield Links as their base which is home to an outstanding driving range, chipping facilities, putting greens and the performance centre.
The students were also hosted by DJ Russell who was a professional golfer for 23 years and spent many years on the European Tour, making the top one hundred on the Order or Merit twelve times between 1979 and 1992, with 2 Tour wins in 1985 and 1992. He is also a European Tour Board Member and is the European Senior Tour Chairman. Since retiring, DJ Russell has become a renowned course designer and in 2001 designed and setup Archerfield Links. This meant the students not only got the experience of playing with an ex-European tour player but also the course designer of the Fidra Links and the Dirleton Links at Archerfield. This gave the students a unique insight into course design and management of play.
The students also made an impression on DJ and other members of Archerfield which has led them to employment at The Machrie, an iconic Scottish Championship links style golf course on the Isle of Islay, where they will be joined by past graduates of the degree.