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New Links youth visit is ‘ultimate golfing and educational experience’

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For a group of American teens from Northern California and their St Andrews counterparts the summer holidays climaxed with an unforgettable mix of sporting, educational and cultural activities at the Home of Golf.

New Links, a St Andrews-based charity dedicated to helping young people achieve their potential through education, international travel and the game of golf, in partnership with Youth on Course, organised a week in which participants teed it up on six local courses, including the Old Course, toured the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, met representatives of the University’s international admissions department, had a special behind-the-scenes visit to the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, and found time to go kayaking on the North Sea.

Sandip Nirmel, who is about to start an engineering degree at Harvard, called it “the ultimate golfing and educational experience.”

As well as the Old Course, the group played on the Jubilee and New courses, the Duke’s, where they also had a special links golf clinic, the Torrance, and the hickory-only Kingarrock course at Hill of Tarvit. For context, they visited the British Golf Museum.

UCLA freshman Allyson Chiu said: “The courses back home simply cannot compare to the artistry and creativity of links courses, but most importantly I was able to learn the history of golf and experience the culture in St Andrews.”

New Links co-founder Kenny Wood said: “It was a wonderful week for everyone and there are so many people to thank. I’m very grateful to David Scott at the Duke’s who took time to speak to the group about his life in golf; to Amy Yeates at Fairmont St Andrews; to Karl Morgan and Keith McColl at Kingarrock; to IMG; to the R&A; and to the Links Trust. Jamie and Guy McKenzie of Blown Away provided an exhilarating morning on the ocean, and we were delighted to introduce everyone to the fantastic local cuisine we enjoy in St Andrews.”

In a joint statement, Liyah Lopez, who is about to enrol at Santa Clara University, and Zach Briles, who is going to CSU, Chico, sent thanks “to all the local youth with whom we interacted; they made the experience all the more fun!”

Over 100 young people from Scotland, Kenya, South Africa and the USA have participated in New Links activities since it was founded in 2006 and the organisation has also funded a four-year scholarship at the University of St Andrews.

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Harold Varner recalls New Links St Andrews visit

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Harold Varner recalls visiting St Andrews on a New Links trip and celebrating his eighteenth birthday.

 

Harold Varner III at The Open 2016

Harold Varner III takes time out from his first appearance at The Open to wish New Links well. Harold was a participant in the New Links youth visit of 2008, representing the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association.

Geplaatst door New Links St Andrews op dinsdag 9 augustus 2016

 

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New Links forges international relations

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New Links, a St Andrews-based charity dedicated to helping young people achieve their potential through education, international travel and the game of golf, has celebrated its tenth anniversary by re-launching its international youth visit programme.

Representatives of Youth on Course from California joined participants from the St Andrews golfing community in enjoying a week of activities that brought them into the heart of the town.

As well as playing golf on the Old Course, the group played four other St Andrews Links courses; they had a special tour of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, followed by a visit to the British Golf Museum, and a round at the unique hickory-only Kingarrock; they were also guests of Fairmont St Andrews and received a guided tour of the University.

An afternoon of beach-based activities with Blown Away concluded this very special week.

Kenny Wood, co-founder of New Links said: “I would like to thank everyone who helped us in making the event such a success. The Links Management Committee and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club both gave us tremendous support and encouragement, while Fairmont St Andrews and Kingarrock showed us real generosity. I’d also like to thank Nando’s restaurant for their hospitality to the group”.

Over 100 young people from Scotland, Africa and the USA have participated in New Links activities to date and the organisation has also funded a four-year scholarship at the University of St Andrews.

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Another top ten for Harold Varner III

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Congratulations to Harold Varner III on his tied 8th finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans –  his third top ten of the season. A representative of the Bill Dickey Scholarship association, Harold was with New Links in 2008 and in fact he celebrated his birthday in St Andrews.

 

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