Want to be a Pro Golfer?
Do you dream of becoming the next Shane Lowry or Rory McIlroy?
For students about to do their Leaving Cert. who dream of becoming the next Shane Lowry or Rory McIroy look no further – your dream could be a reality.
There are a number of really exciting courses on offer in the UK and Northern Ireland which can make this dream come true.
The UK college system, called UCAS offers, a number of courses in the area of sport which are specifically linked to the area of golf.
While the majority of courses through UCAS are now closed to applicants for this year it is possible to apply for them next year. You should also keep an eye on UCAS Clearing to see if any of these courses are still available. Clearing Courses are those which still have places available to students.
There are a rangeof courses on offer through UCAS suited to those with a particular interest in playing golf at a high level. As these courses are aimed at those with a talent for the game there are handicap requirements that you must meet before you will be offered a place.
University of Birmingham
For example the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the PGA offer a three year degree programme called Applied Golf Studies which leads to a professional qualification in the area of golf and golf studies.
Across all three years of this degree you cover modules in the areas of applied sports science, materials science, coaching theory and business management delivered by specialist staff from the University and the PGA.
You also complete three PGA-assessed vocational placements in a golf environment, which are a requirement for membership of the PGA.
There are academic qualifications needed for this course and you will need a golf handicap of approximately 6.
This college offers a range of golf and sport related course. You might be interested in their Level 5 foundation degree in Tournament Golf (UCAS Code 07V3). It is a 2 year course with the option to complete an add on a final third year to advance to a Bachelors degree if you wish.
Your time will be split between Portugal and Duchy College. While half of your college work time will be spent improving your golf the other half will be spent learning about the business of golf. There is a handicap requirement of 5 or higher to apply to this course.
In addition to the University of Birmingham and Duchy College you might want to consider Myerscrough College Preston which runs a range of courses directly linked to golf including Sportsturf Science & Management (UCAS Code CN62).
This is a three year full-time course which leads to a professional qualification in sportsturf management and gives you a high level of technical knowledge in relation to the science, management and technology applied to a wide across range of sportsturf issues.
The college works with world class locations such as Wimbledon Tennis Club, Lords Cricket Ground, Ascot Race Course and Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Please look at the college website www.myerscough.ac.uk for further information about this course and other courses on offer there.
These colleges also offer other entry level courses in Sportsturf Management & Greenskeeping.
If on the other hand you would like to stay in Ireland while there is no courses through the CAO linked to the PGA or professional golf it is possible to go to Darren Clarkes Golf School Darren Clarke Golf School which will offer you the opportunity to improve your golf skills, train as a pro and take part in highly competitive tournaments.
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