BTEC Sport student wins US golf scholarship

A Trafford College student is one step closer to turning professional after securing a rare golf scholarship at a top league US university.

Eighteen-year-old Eden Inglis will head to the southern east state of Kentucky in August after finishing her BTEC Sport at Trafford College’s specialist academy at High Legh Park Golf Club in Knutsford and Altrincham Campus.

The U21 Champion for Lincolnshire will live-in at the United States University of the Cumberlands for the next four years, where she will compete at the top level of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) - the first time she will have played outside county competitions in the UK.

Eden said: “It’s very exciting for me, exciting to see how different it is. There are not many US colleges that offer golf scholarships and it's great Trafford College has got me the education and the grades to do this.

 “[At Trafford College] my golf has come along in leaps and bounds. I started off with a high handicap and have halved it and then some, to seven during my time here. It’s really improved my game and been a great experience living away from home.”

While studying with Trafford College, Eden, has been living in Bowden, travelling back to her family home in Lincolnshire at weekends.

 “I’m looking forward to the golf and weather and the experience altogether. My idol is Charley Hull, but I’ve lots of people I look up to for different reasons. I want to turn professional, but to get a job within the golfing industry would be great,” she added.

The University of the Cumberlands is one of only 270 schools in the US that offer sport scholarships, with golfers competing at the top level of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Tutor David Hodgson said: “We wish Eden the best of luck for her golf scholarship in the US. Competing at this level will improve her game even further. It’s an amazing opportunity.

“To have a student go on to compete at this level is fantastic news for Trafford College. Eden has put in a lot of effort to make the grade and to work on her handicap. Well done Eden.”