Golf AASE links with University of Brighton:-
Alex Bliss:‘I currently work for the University of Brighton in Eastbourne and am looking to use our fantastic resources, facilities and my own experiences to help your AASE golfers. I have put together an elite workshop package for your golfers where they can experience cutting edge sport science support from our highly accredited, professional staff to help them in their development’
Alex’s idea for our golfer is to produce a series of lectures and experience spread over the term on various sport science elements tailored to golf such as; psychology, golf physical conditioning, swing biomechanics, nutrition, fitness etc. The University have just built a £750,000, cutting-edge strength and conditioning facility and also have extensive motion analysis and laboratory facilities. This facility will make a huge impact on our golfers performance and help them to improve various aspects of their golf that over equipment/technology could never do.
National Apprenticeship Week 7th-11th February
Pictures and review coming soon!
Once of our Golf AASe students Kyle Gaster has been selected to play golf in the British Colleges National Finals at Bath University. He will be representing the South East, please keep posted for the results. Good luck Kyle!
SDC Links with InTuition Scholarships:
Golf Scholarships to US Universities
Sussex Downs College have partnered with InTuition Scholarships to offer the elite from each year the chance for a Golf Scholarship to a US University.
The Intuition Sports Scholarship award scheme is open to all students at The Sussex Downs College. It is based on the student participation in an annual two-week international Showcase or ‘scouting’ programme in Florida, where college coaches and admissions representatives from over 100 American universities attend the Showcase to evaluate the candidates throughout a series of competitions. They then make Scholarship offers to attend their colleges and play for their teams.
The programme has been running every summer since 1998 and covers Golf, Soccer, Tennis and basketball for both sexes.
You are guaranteed to get at least nine scholarship offers within the following ranges:
- 5 scholarship offers with a value of 50% or more of the universities cost per academic year, including housing, meals, and studies.
- 2 scholarship offers where you will pay USD $9,000 or less per academic year including housing, meals, and studies.
- 2 scholarship offers where you will pay USD $15,000 or less per academic year including housing, meals, and studies.
It is of course possible that you get more offers. Participants normally receive offers that represent a 60% to a 100% scholarship of the university costs including tuition, room and board.
The fee to attend the Showcase in Florida and process your application to guarantee the 9 scholarship offers is £2500. This includes all the costs of attending the Showcase, full board accommodation, competitions, events, excursions, shuttle transfers, everything except flights.
To find out more about applying please contact Mark Watts, or visit www.student-scholarships.co.uk
Golf your way into the American higher education system
24th November: Southern Region Champions!
Yesterday the team went up to Highwoods Golf Club to compete in the final match of the regional league. SDC knew they needed a win to seal the deal and weather conditions were good and clear so the day looked promising.
After a days hard golfing SDC pulled a win out the bag for the final round of the British Schools Southern Region Championship. A special mention to James Redmond who came in with the best score and finished the game with two birdies on the last two holes. This makes us overall champions for the region so congratulations to the team.
Also a big congratulations to Josh Hayes who won the individual order of merit competition.
We will receive trophies to retain for the year and will now be playing in both the team championship andplayers championship at a venue to be decided (36 holes, spread over 2 days for both comps). We also beat Lindfield who were last years national champions!
A big well done to all the lads who played throughout the league and a pat of the back to Mark Watts for driving them around the South for the last 8 weeks!
”We are the champions……”
Many congratulations have been given and here are some of the comments below.
Nick Swabey- College manager:-
”Fantastic news, well done to all concerned! A really good effort and it’s nice to see the national champions squeezed out! Please pass on my congratulations to the lads and coaches”.
Tim Whitmore- College mananger:-
“Many congratulations to the team (Bradley, Josh, James, Kyle, Lewis and Alex) that yesterday won the British Schools Southern Region Championship at Highwoods Golf Club. I was really impressed by the professional manner you went about the task of overhauling Lindfield and I suspect that Mark and I were more panicky than you about the final result! This is a great achievement, so early in the development of the programme and I would also like to thank the Royal GC and the professionals for their support and expertise. A special ‘well done’ to Josh who also won the individual order of merit competition. I look forward the national competition and further success”.
Laurence Collier- Golf Pro:-
”Well done guys for a solid victory, all the hard work put in so far has started to show some fruition. Keep it up and don’t rest on your laurels as there are another eleven players all gunning for a place in the team! Roll on Nationals!”
Wayne Wright- College manager:-
”This is an outstanding result coming so soon after the creation of the programme. Congratulations to both students and to staff who, in a relatively short space of time, have achieved success. I look forward to further success in the national competition!”
16th November: Fitness testing
Josh Hayes one of our county level performers said:
’I found the day really useful and have now got certain areas to work on in my physical fitness, one of the tests made me realise that my core truck rotation needs improvement’. Josh Hayes
Richard Hine junior club champion and Royal Eastbourne said:
’A very interesting day finding a lot about my performance form a top level coach and analysts. I have now realised areas that I have several areas to improve on, these including my flexibility’. Richard Hine
22nd October: Staff and students tournament!
Firstly on behalf of the Golf AASE Team we would like to thank everyone for taking part and being wonderful sports men andwomen! The day was a huge success with the turn out and also the weather. The feedback we got was also excellent! Well done to those who came in the top 3 (Hayley’s team narrowly missed out by placing 4th!) Due to not enough space on the blog all the photographs from the day have been added to our facebook page and are also available on the college’s U drive:-
Here are some of the wonderful feedback we received, thanks again and we look forward to the next one.
”Many thanks and congratulations on an excellent day. I have received unanimously positive feedback from College staff, Corporation members and other guests involved. The apprentices were a credit to the College and themselves and especially to all the College and Royal Golf Club staff involved in their practical and classroom studies.”
13th October: 3rd Round of British Colleges!
This one was always going to be a tough fixture andit did not fail to live up to the hype. SDC came a solid secondplace in the gross competition behind Sussex College and third in the net. Special well done to Lewis Austin andJames Redmondfor shooting a creditable 72 around lindfield.
It’s all down to round 4 chaps, so lets get ready to rumble andbook ourselves a place in the national finals with a win at Highwoods.
After this loss, Laurence has decided to share his own wise words to encourage a Positive Mental Attitude and the first is Paradigm! (check it out!)
Up the SDC!
8th October Order of Merit review: Kieran Weeks
My playing partners (Lewis Tiltman and Jack Wenham) did slightly better with rounds of 77 and 76, so well done to them.
Well done to Bradley Turner who won this week with a two under par round of 68.
6th October: 2nd Round of British Colleges!
British Colleges Golf Tour – Round 2
Round 2 of the British Colleges Golf Tournament took place at the Royal Eastbourne on Wednesday (6thOctober). Again some great scores were shot by the lads, but we were just piped to first place by Sussex College of Golf in both Gross and Net Competitions.
Lessons have been learnt from this (don’t do a reverse putt when your 6 inches from the whole!) and we do battle again on Wednesday the 13th at Lindfield Golf Club.
Special mention to Joe Beethforth and Lewis Austin who will be playing in their first and second match respectively for the Golf Academy.
Good luck Lads and as the Turner always say’s ”bring it!”
Josh Hayes- AASE course record!
During the 3rd week of the SDC weekly Order of Merit at the EastbourneRoyal G.C, Josh Hayes set a AASE course record withscore of 67, shooting 3 under par! WithBradley Turner not far behind with a score of 69 shooting 1 under par, will Bradley try to take the title? Well done Josh!
28th September- First round of British Colleges!
The SDC Golf AASE students played in the first round of the British Colleges League at the AddingtonGolf Course in Surrey. It was a talented field with colleges from Bexhill, Croyden, Lindfield, & Canterbury vying for first place.
The course was a really tough first test, with long tight holes andlightening greens. SDC coped with the pressure well andwon both Gross and Net competitions. Kyle Gasteralso won the individual event witha tremendous round of 69 and picked up our first silverware of the year.
This is the first round of 5 and with the 2nd round being played at the Royal Eastbourne next week we have home advantage and so will need to build on this fantastic start. The eventual winner after 5 rounds will go onto compete in the national final next year.
24th September Order of Merit review: Alex Bland
Today’s order of merit was a great success, the weather was the best it could have been, there was little wind which helped players to score low. Including Josh Hayes who shot 67 (3 under par) and Brad Turner who shot 69(1 under par). My partners for the day were Lewis Austin and Joe Beesforththey helped me to enjoy my round although I didn’t play to my best ability. I felt I played well however I could have holed more putts, this resulted in me scoring badly. I look forward to improving my score next week.
17th September Order of Merit review: Bradley Turner
Today’s order of merit was the first one. Unfortunately the greens staff had been doing work to the course therefore it wasn’t to it’s full potential. It was tough as the wind picked up andmade it difficult to control the ball flight. I played with Kyle Gaster andRichard Hines, they were great company but I could only manage a 3 over par 73. I wasn’t to unhappy with this as I had a treble bogey on the 6th hole. I look forward to next weeks order of merit and improving my score. Overall the day was a success.
Kyle Gaster- Sussex Boys U18 Champion
Congratulations to Kyle Gaster who won the handicap prize at the Sussex boys U18 championship, which was held at East Brighton Golf Club on 16th August. He was also eligible for the U16 gross score just beating rival Toby Tree, but unfortunately the rules only allowed one prize. For full details and picture please visit their website ‘Sussex Golf Union’.
Well done Kyle from all the team at the Golf Apprenticeship!