Four University of the Highlands and Islands golf students have recently returned from a work experience trip in Muscat, Oman where they worked at the European Tour NBO Oman Open and introduced golf to hundreds of young people.
Professional golf students, Marsha Hull, Michael Schinkel, Riccardo Cellerino and Kieran McCormick were selected for the two week once in a lifetime trip, sponsored by the Bank of Oman.
Speaking about the experience, Marsha Hull said, “The networking opportunities at the European Tour event were limitless and allowed us to connect with many coaches and directors in the professional golf industry. As a direct result of one of the connections I made in Oman, I have been offered an internship with the European Tour and High Performance Institute.”
The second and third year students delivered golf sessions to schools, arranged public coaching session and assisted with the operational side of the Oman Open – a new addition to the European Tour.
Speaking highly of his experience, Kieran said, “The Oman trip in my opinion was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far. I gained a vast knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes at a tour event and how many job opportunities there are in the golfing industry.”
Golf and business lecturer, Andy Stewart, said, “I would like to recognise the Bank of Oman and the Oman Golf Committee for having the foresight to instigate this and to Al Mouj Golf Club and the European Tour staff for actively finding opportunities for the students to enhance their knowledge and skill. This opens the door for possibly other European Tour events as well as offering additional placements and employment opportunities for students.”
The university offers golf degrees at the North Highland College UHI campus in Dornoch.
For more information on these programmes, please visit: www.uhi.ac.uk/golf