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Philip Hall is working with Royal and Ancient to get more young people into the sport

Not being a prized golfer is no handicap for Philip Hall.

For although he reckons to be “not that good at the game”, the Myerscough College partnership student has just graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with a First in golf management.

Philip, 21, started playing golf when he was six but gave it up two years later when he moved to Spain.

When he moved back to the UK aged 14 he got back into it and set his sights on a career in golf management.

The former Wigan and Leigh College student said: “I’ve always been business minded. I ran a tuck shop at school, setting all the prices, and saw golf as a hobby but then I found the Myerscough course online and decided it was possibly something I could do.”

I’ve always been business minded. I ran a tuck shop at school, setting all the prices, and saw golf as a hobby but then I found the Myerscough course online and decided it was possibly something I could do.

At Myerscough he was involved in the European Tour and he has worked alongside many of the world's leading guest lecturers. During his studies Philip got a foot in the door working as a golf shop assistant, which led on to him attending conferences in the industry.

Now he has landed a job as a sports research assistant at Myerscough working with the acclaimed Royal and Ancient and has a driving ambition to get more young people interested in the sport.

Philip, who plays with a handicap of eight, said: “I am passionate about growing the game, particular among the millennials.

"No-one in my family plays and none of my friends play but I really want the challenge to change all that."

Philip, who lives in Westhoughton, is planning to start his master's degree in January once he completes his research project and his ultimate aim is to become director of a golf resort overseas.

Philip was one of 4,000 students who graduated in front of family and friends in Preston’s Guild Hall.

Rachel Atkinson | 31 July 2017