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Golf - 12. February 2008.

English students win R&A bursaries

Hertfordshire’s Lucy Williams, from the English Women’s Golf Association Performance Squad, is among a record number of golfing students to receive R&A bursaries.

A total of 91 students will receive the awards, which range from £500 to £3000 and are intended to help golfers to combine their studies with competitive play.

Lucy Williams, who plays at Mid-Herts, is a student at Birmingham University. Among the other English golfers to receive bursaries are Jo Hodge, a former England girl international from Knowle, who is now studying at Buckinghamshire Chilterns on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.

Other bursars include: Holly Calvert (Silloth) who studies at Stirling University; Lucinda Davies (Peterborough Milton) from Birmingham University;  Stephanie Farrar (Sandiway) a student at Stirling; Nikki Hunter (Gosforth) and  Ami Storey (Ponteland) who both study at Northumbria University.

The R&A’s total annual spend on university golf is over £320,000 and includes grants to support golf programmes at 12 universities in Great Britain and Ireland.   

The R&A bursars’ tournament in April  will be played over The Old and Eden Courses at St Andrews. The winner of the women’s event will be offered a place in the field at one of this season LET tournaments.

·    Lucy Williams led the women at the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) northern regional strokeplay qualifying event at Wallasey. She finished ahead of Ami Storey, Lucinda Davies and Nikki Hunter.

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