Aberdeenshire golf graduate mentors students in Spain

Some of the students and tutors from SRUCs Elmwood College who will be heading to Spain to take part in a training and coaching programme.

Some of the students and tutors from SRUCs Elmwood College who will be heading to Spain to take part in a training and coaching programme.

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An Aberdeenshire golf graduate will pass on his experience and knowledge to 20 students of the sport at a training camp in Spain.

Murray Paterson (25), teaching professional at Cruden Bay Golf Course, will mentor professional golf HNC and HND students from Scottish Rural College’s (SRUC) Elmwood campus.

Murray is one of three SRUC graduates who will be helping the current students on their way towards successful and fulfilling careers in golf across Scotland.

The 20 students selected for the training programme at some of Spain’s top courses and golf clubs were chosen following a rigorous selection process.

They will undertake a tailor-made training course as part of Erasmus +, the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport.

The two-week trip runs from May 8 to 22 and includes first-class training and coaching at Club de Golf Barcelona, Girona Golf Course and PGA Catalunya.

During the first week, the students will put their new found skills into practice by coaching Spanish students at Club de golf Barcelona.

The second week will see more emphasis on the students’ own performances through tournament play and high performance training and coaching, while the SRUC graduates will lead sessions and share their experiences and expertise.

Those hoping to become pro players get to play at Catalonia – a qualifying school for the European Tour – and compare their scores with other tour newcomers.

Murray said: “I found this trip very valuable when I went as a student. You work at the industry level with pupils and golf club staff like greenkeepers – it’s really informative.

“For me this chance will be stretching. I will be working all day at elite squad level, planning their coaching programme and delivering it. I can only learn a lot.”

Tutor Fraser Hutchison, from SRUC’s Elmwood Campus, said: “The fact that all the students will be mentored by a SRUC graduate is the icing on the cake and enhances a very valuable opportunity for our current group.

“While clearly all 20 excel on the golf course, they were also selected on numerous other criteria including commitment to their studies, positive attitude and high attendance which together underpin the student athlete code of conduct.”