Golfer Murphy accepts scholarship
Talented Rosslare golfer, Paul Murphy (19), has accepted a scholarship to fulfil his dream of playing at the college level in America, and left for the States Saturday morning.
Last summer Paul successfully completed his education at the Darren Clarke Golf School in Antrim. He returned home to Wexford contemplating what step he should take next.
'I really wanted to further my golf career but I did not want to give up on my education,' he said. 'I went through the C.A.O. for a college place in Ireland and though I was successful, I decided to turn it down in order to take up the opportunity to play college golf in America.'
Paul applied for a place on the International Sporting Solutions golf scholarship programme, with the ambition of furthering both his golf career and education at college level in America.
College sport in America is often the route into the professional sport, with many of America's most famous athletes having experience playing at this level. Athletes have their academic schedule tailored around their training and competition.
The college sport system is designed to allow athletes to further their sporting career without sacrificing their education. Paul will now follow in the footsteps of Darren Clarke, Luke Donald and Danny Willet who all opted to leave Europe to pursue college golf in the States.
International Sporting Solutions director Harry Newton said: 'Paul was offered a place on our golf scholarship programme due to his ability on the golf course and his strong academic credentials.
The combination of Paul's potential as a golfer and good grades in the classroom made him an ideal prospective recruit for the U.S. college coaches.
'He will now be able to train and compete full-time whilst he works towards his degree. We can't wait to track his success next season.'
Having joined the programme in the summer, Paul's availability quickly caught the attention of a large number of U.S. coaches, giving him a wide variety of options to choose from. After several phone calls with various coaches, Paul came to the decision that he would accept the scholarship offer to join Western Texas College.
'I chose Western Texas College as I connected well with the coach,' Paul said. 'I think through the coach and the college I will have the opportunity to develop as a golfer and also, hopefully have some academic success.'
Paul's ultimate ambition is to make it as a pro on tour. After four years of college golf in America that may be an option for Paul, though in the meantime he will have a great safety net in place, as he works towards his degree.
Before departing, Paul said 'this is an amazing opportunity to combine my degree and take my game to the next level and I would like to thank those who helped get me to where I am today'.
U.S. college coaches typically recruit one year in advance and are already looking for suitable golfers ahead of an August 2018 entry.
To be considered, interested players should register online at www.Sporting-Solutions.com
International Sporting Solutions also work with other sports, helping athletes to pursue scholarships to university in America for soccer, tennis, basketball, and track and field.