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Destination Abu Dhabi for UCLan golf graduates

17 January 2013

Press Office

Six month internship at world famous golf club

Three Golf Management graduates from The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Associate School Myerscough College have flown to the United Arab Emirates to start six month internships at the world famous Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Resort.

The aspiring golf management professionals, Simon Borley, 24 from Wiltshire, Steven Hewitt, 23 from Warrington, and Scott Wood, 22 from Telford, all graduated from the International Institute of Golf Education (IIGE) in 2012 with a BA (Hons) degree in Golf Management.  The IIGE is a joint venture between Myerscough College and UCLan.

The three interns arrived in the UAE to begin their internship in time for one of the most prestigious golf championships on the planet - the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2013, which will run from 17-20 January.

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship kicks off the PGA European Tour in 2013. The Championship produced the highest ranked field of the year in 2012 (the quality of players involved with the tournament). With all the big names signed up to compete in 2013, including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and a host of stars from the US and European Ryder Cup teams, the Championship again looks set to kick off the golfing year in style. 

“Being able to offer graduates the experience to work at one of the world’s best modern golf resorts is what makes Myerscough College unique. The experience is unrivalled."

This opportunity has been made available to Myerscough graduates because of the College’s extensive network within the global golf industry. The current Head of Operations at the Abu Dhabi Golf Resort, Phil Waine, will be responsible for overseeing the work of the three interns, graduated from Myerscough College with a BA (Hons) Golf Management Degree in 2005.

Rick Daniels, Course Leader for the Golf Management Degree at Myerscough College, said:

“Being able to offer graduates the experience to work at one of the world’s best modern golf resorts is what makes Myerscough College unique. The experience is unrivalled. The opportunity to work behind the ropes during the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship is truly a one-of experience.

“The fact that they are working under the guidance of a former student, who now manages operations at the resort, shows the type of career paths Myerscough can offer. I wish the lads the best of luck with their internship. I’m confident that one day all three of the lads will be in a senior position at golf resorts of a similar prestige and standing in the global golf industry.”

As part of their internship, the three graduates will be given wide ranging responsibilities within the golf management operation at the Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club resorts, including work as course and tournament starters, driving range and golf shop attendants, and responsibility for setting up the golf courses for championship play.

Aside from funding flights to and from the United Arab Emirates, the interns are provided with accommodation, meals, transportation and official uniforms for the duration of their six month stay. Interns will work a minimum of six, nine hour shifts per week.