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Talented Royal Holloway students awarded Wentworth Golf Bursaries

Posted on 16/11/2009

Wentworth Bursary Recipients

Three Royal Holloway, University of London students have been announced as winners of the prestigious Wentworth Golf Bursaries 2010. The scholarship programme was launched last year following the launch of a new partnership between the College and the world-renowned Wentworth Golf Club.

Simon Clement, Sebastian Schyberg, and Jon Putman have been granted access to all three championship courses at the Club, as well as the accompanying sporting and social facilities. Previous winners of the Wentworth Golf Bursaries include the new World Match Play Champion Ross Fisher, whose home club is Wentworth.

All three students are excellent golfers and members of the Student Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme (STARS) at Royal Holloway. Established in 1996 to provide bursaries and academic support to elite student athletes, STARS has supported nine Olympians and Paralympians and over 60 athletes with world and national rankings.

Management student Jon, who is the recipient of the 2009 Wentworth Golf Bursary and captain of the Royal Holloway golf team, has won the scholarship for the second year running. “The Wentworth Bursary is an absolute privilege,” says Jon. “Since joining Wentworth, I have developed my skills and gained many advantages; including winning the Broadstone Club Championships against a highly competitive field, beating many full time golfers in County matches, decreasing my handicap and having an impressive 90% win record for the College. I’ve a lot to thank Royal Holloway and Wentworth for.”

Simon, who studies Computer Science and plays off a handicap of 1, has represented Wentworth in Senior and Junior teams for interclub matches. “I am delighted to have been chosen for this scholarship,” comments Simon. “Years of dedication and committed practice has reduced my handicap to 1, and I am confident that, with the support of this scholarship, I will become an even better golf player.”

Sebastian Schyberg, a first year Drama and Theatre student, has been playing golf since he was nine years old. He was a member of the junior squad at the Surrey National Golf Club, before moving back to Denmark three years ago, where he became a member of the Danish national talent junior squad. He says, “I am very proud to be awarded this bursary and to be representing both Royal Holloway and Wentworth, and I will repay the award with total dedication to my golf.”

Professor Rob Kemp, Acting Principal at Royal Holloway, comments, “We are delighted that these aspiring golfers will be able to develop their talent for the game alongside their studies. This is a unique opportunity for students of Royal Holloway, and we look forward to continuing our close partnership with Wentworth.”

Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, is well known as one of the world’s most famous golf courses and is also the headquarters of the PGA European Tour. It has three championship eighteen hole courses; each with their own charms, distinct identity and presenting their own unique challenge. Famed course architect Harry Colt designed the East and West courses, with the latter having recently undergone an extensive process of modernisation and renovation by Wentworth resident and seven-time World Match Play champion Ernie Els.

All courses have an illustrious tournament pedigree. The West annually hosts the BMW PGA Championship and was the host to the 1953 Ryder Cup, while the East was the setting for the inaugural Curtis Cup in 1932. The Edinburgh is the newest addition to Wentworth’s portfolio, designed by coach and former Ryder Cup captain John Jacobs in consultation with Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher.

Commenting on the awarding of the bursaries, Wentworth’s Chief Executive, Julian Small said, “Wentworth has always been committed to the development of the game of golf and through it’s Golf and Tennis Foundation is has reached out into the community to provide opportunities for young people to develop these sports as part of their lives.

“The Wentworth bursaries offered to Royal Holloway provide the opportunity for students to continue to play and develop their golf whilst studying at the college and we hope that this will further develop the long standing relationship we have had with Royal Holloway, University of London.”

For more information about the bursaries, please visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/sports/sport-bursaries-wentworth.html

Left to right: Mr. John Lerche (Lay member of council for RHUL); Prof. Rob Kemp (Acting Principal); Jon Putnam; Sebastian Schyberg; Simon Clement; Mr. Julian Small (Chief Executive, Wentworth); Mr. Stephen Gibson (Director of Golf, Wentworth)


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