Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stateside Student Robbo's Game Goes with a Real Swing! Golfer Brad Sees Game Improve - Just Six Months into Scholarship GOLF

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stateside Student Robbo's Game Goes with a Real Swing! Golfer Brad Sees Game Improve - Just Six Months into Scholarship GOLF

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GOLF starlet Brad Robinson believes his drive to become a professional player is receiving the par-fect boost across the Atlantic, writes TONY HODGSON.

The 18-year-old from Whitley Bay is almost six months into a four-year sports scholarship - first revealed in Grassroots Sport last summer - with the prestigious Lenoir-Ryhne University in Hickory, North Carolina. Robinson mixes playing golf on the US college circuit with studying for a sports management degree.

The scholarship was arranged through a sports agency - and Robinson, who wants to turn pro eventually, believes it is already benefitting his burgeoning game.

Before heading back to the States this week, he said: "It has gone well, I have loved every minute of it so far.

"It has been brilliant to practice and play on great courses and use the fantastic facilities over there.

"I am studying for my degree in the mornings and then playing and practising in the afternoons.

"It is a fantastic experience and I am so lucky to have it. I can already tell it is benefitting my game.

"I am scoring a lot better, my putting has improved and the work I have put into my short game is paying off.

"I have had second-place finishes in the two tournaments I have played so far.

"That is very encouraging and I just want to continue improving my game over there over the next three and a half years."

Lenoir-Rhyne is a top-division golf university which ranks high in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

Robinson 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 am 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 improve me as a golfer.

"Having that facility, grass tees to practice off and perfect conditions, it cannot not improve me - though it will be hard work. …

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