FORMER Ryder Cup star Paul Broadhurst was at Stonebridge Golf Club last week to support a new generation of golf superstars.
The Atherstone golfer was guest of honour at The National AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) Golf Awards where students from across the country, including nine from Solihull College celebrated their success.
Young golfers on the AASE programme at Sussex Downs College, Brockenhurst College and Richard Huish College attended the Solihull College hosted event, which coincided with the England Golf AASE Academies Championship.
James Smith, from Solihull College, won the individual prize with a fantastic round of 68 in very testing conditions while the hosts also took home the team prize with a six-stroke winning margin over Sussex Downs College with a sixplayer total of 434.
The useful course has been a real eye-opener for the students and 18-year-old Craig Normansell praised the tuition that has made him become a more patient and disciplined golfer.
"Most people think you just swing a club and hit a ball but it is much more complex than that."
Broadhurst was also quick to applaud the scheme after presenting the teenagers with their graduation certificates.
"Studying on a course like this is a brilliant opportunity for young people interested in golf," he said.
"There was nothing like this for me when I was younger and it can only bode well for the future of the sport."
Proud Andrew Schneider, England Golf AASE Academies Manager for Solihull College,is looking forward to working with a new bunch of talent this year.
He also paid tribute to his students, saying they have developed their physical and mental abilities out of all recognition.
For more information on the AASE programme and other courses at Solihull College telephone 0121 678 7000.