Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brad's Drive to Succeed Gets the Par-Fect Boost; JUNIOR GOLF

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brad's Drive to Succeed Gets the Par-Fect Boost; JUNIOR GOLF

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A GOLF prodigy from Whitley Bay is hoping a dream move to America will provide the perfect tee-off for his aspiring professional career, wrtes JAK PENNY. Brad Robinson, 18, will pack up his clubs and travel more than 3,800 miles to the prestigious Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, where he will enrol on four-year sports scholarship this week.

The teenager, who will study a sports management degree as part of the scholarship, won his place through an agency and had to pass through a rigorous testing process as part of his application.

After securing his place at Lenoir-Rhyne despite other offers, Robinson believes it is the perfect setting for him to pursue and achieve his ambition of turning professional.

He said: "It is something I have always wanted to do and it came through a scholarship agency which got in touch with me and I signed up with them.

"I had to do a SAT exam before the scholarship agency passed my details around the colleges and universities in America and Lenoir-Rhyne was the one which made contact with me.

"There were two other offers but this stood out as a place I would want to study.

"That was mainly because of the practice facilities, the course, the accessibility, the weather is great and it is a good academic school - so it just ticked all the boxes for me.

"I had a visit to see what it was like and it was perfect.

"Ultimately, my goal is to play professional golf either in Europe or in America."

Robinson is already relishing the opportunity to utilise the coaching and high-class facilities at Lenoir-Rhyne - a top division golf university which ranks high in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) - though he is under no allusions it will be an easy ride.

He added: "On weekdays we have four hours a day with the coach, which includes on- course practice, playing and range-time coaching as well.

"I will be able to work on everything I want in terms of the aspects of my game I want to improve, like my wedge play, and it will definitely improve me as a golfer. …

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