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Golf Academy students experience new record on old course

The Golf Academy students from SGS spent four days working in the sunshine on the beautiful Fife Coast around St Andrews, enjoying sensational golf from some of the best golfers in Europe.

This was yet another inspiring and motivational trip for the Academy’s new intake of learners. The SGS students worked as part of the team who run the Dunhill Links Championship. Their roles included carrying scoreboard for individual matches and manning the main scoreboard positioned opposite one of the most emotive views in golf, the first tee and 18th green of the Old Course, which flows into the heart of the city of St Andrews.

The first three days would be based at the much more modern but no less impressive Kingsbarns Golf Club, which is considered one of the top and perhaps most beautiful golf course in the British Isles. Greenfees are in excess of £260 a round.

The Dunhill Championships is one of the few tournaments on the European Tour where amateur golfers get to play alongside the pros. The event not only attracts the best pros in the world but many spectating sports stars and celebrities. An added bonus for the College’s avid selfie collecting students.

Once again, former student Jordan Smith was amongst the pros after a stellar first year on tour. A great experience for SGS College’s current students to see him play, carrying his board around Kingsbarns. Having currently earned over one million Euros, Jordan would be in line for rookie of the year, except for the unstoppable, Jon Rahm.

The final round always takes place at St Andrews with the leaders going out last. Having built a long term relationship with Eventful Temps, the Academy was able to secure the leading two carry boards for our students.

This was to be one of the greatest finishes in the history of the event with Ross Fisher breaking the course record completing a truly inspirational 11 under par round of 61. Jacob Harrington-Wara was the lucky student who would witness this incredible round and with Cameron Powell carrying the board of the eventual winner, Tyrel Hatton, this was to be one of the most memorable weeks in the long history of working trips for the SGS Golf Academy.

Coaches, Kelvin and Pete, whole heartedly agreed that it was a pleasure to take this group to the Dunhill: “The Golf Academy team learnt a lot from some fantastic play on the golf courses. They were endlessly polite to all and perhaps most importantly impressed their employers Eventful Temps with their work ethic and general behaviour. They really showed SGS students at their best,” said Pete.

Discover more about SGS College’s Golf Academy at the Academy Open Morning – Saturday 4th November 10am-1pm. For more information and to book your place, contact Peter Langford via email:, or phone 07920 151201. 

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