Golf: Ryder cup launches bursaries

Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley

Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley

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The first bursaries to be funded by golf’s Ryder Cup have gone to five honours students at Musselburgh’s Queen Margaret University.

With the biennial tournament to be held in Gleneagles in 2014, Ryder Cup Europe’s new bursary scheme is funding 12 tourism, hospitality and management students per year for five years at QMU, the University of Stirling and Perth College UHI.

Each of the students will receive £1,000. For the five QMU honours students, the cash is designed to help finance their fourth and final year of study.

“Ryder wanted to demonstrate support and leave a legacy after the Cup is over,” said QMU’s Professor of Events Management Joe Goldblatt. “It’s an example of being good corporate citizens.

“It’s meant for subsistence, accommodation and travel,” he said. “There are significant rental costs in Edinburgh. Most of our students work part-time to support themselves. This helps take the pressure off.”

To win the grant the QMU third-year students had to write an essay setting out their post-graduation plans.

One of this year’s bursary winners, 20-year-old Calum McEachern – a student in International Hospitality and Tourism who lives on campus – said he wrote about his role as a waste management and catering volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and his ambitions to manage a hotel or restaurant.

“It will help fund textbooks for the course. I’m really pleased to be picked,” he said.

The other QMU students to receive an inaugural bursary were Spyridon Melcher, Lynsey McNeill, Joanna Blunden, and Adam Roe.

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “Ryder Cup Europe is delighted to announce the launch of our bursary scheme. The 2014 Ryder Cup will bring major benefits to the local and Scottish economy and we want to leave a lasting legacy.”

European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, said: “I know from personal experience the benefit that management courses can bring.

“The investment announced by Ryder Cup Europe will encourage young people to apply for management and hospitality courses which will help create the next generation of tourism and business leaders in Scotland and beyond.”

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