“St Andrews is internationally renowned in the world of golf and golfing opportunities at St Leonards are incomparable.” Mark Baxter, Director of Sport
Golf at St Leonards
With the most famous golf links in the world right on our doorstep, St Leonards pupils have an unrivalled chance to learn and play the game in its most revered location.
Our students have access, at an incredibly low cost, to the seven St Andrews Links courses, including the world famous Old Course. The renowned championship courses of Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Muirfield are also easily accessible from St Andrews. Coupled with covered and open air, floodlit practice facilities at the St Andrews Links Golf Academy, it’s the perfect location for any young golfer.
Opportunities for all
Everybody at St Leonards therefore has the chance to play golf, regardless of age or ability. From the age of five, children are taught generic skills such as body management, locomotion and hand eye co-ordination. As they progress through the school, pupils receive coaching at the Links Academy as part of their timetabled PE lessons and/or as a co-curricular activity choice. They develop their long and short game as well as considering the rules of the game, etiquette and course management.
Throughout the year, fixtures are arranged against other schools and pupils have the chance to represent the School in competitions.Those demonstrating a talent for the game may be invited to join the St Leonards Golf Programme.
The St Leonards Golf Programme
The St Leonards Golf Programme exists to provide additional support to those who display a real talent for golf, helping them achieve their golfing potential.
The programme operates across five tiers – St Leonards Minis, Introduction to Golf, Q School, Performance Development Squad and High Performance Squad. Students enrolled on each tier benefit from individually tailored programmes to suit their golfing needs, with tuition delivered by distinguished Professional Golf Association (PGA) coaches retained by St Leonards. Individual and group lessons are supplemented by eCoaching and statistics packages and player development is regularly discussed with coaches.
For full details of the St Leonards Golf Programme and information about each of the five tiers, please click here.
Find out more about golfing in St Andrews by visiting the St Andrews Links Trust website.
The tom morris scholarship
The prestigious Tom Morris Scholarship was introduced at St Leonards in Autumn 2017, in partnership with The Links Trust. Recognising outstanding achievement in golf, the award is presented to a student who has demonstrated great talent, dedication and determination both on the golf course and in training. The scholarship takes its name from the famous St Andrews golfer, Old Tom Morris.
The first Tom Morris Scholarship was awarded in October 2017 to Ben Caton, who completed the IB Diploma at St Leonards in summer 2018. Ben, who was enrolled on the Elite Golf Programme at St Leonards and represented the school internationally in competitions, as well as captaining the St Leonards Golf Team, was chosen as the first Tom Morris Scholar for demonstrating great leadership, as well as commitment to golf and his studies at St Leonards. Ben’s handicap is scratch. On graduating from St Leonards, Ben secured a prestigious golf scholarship at Houston Baptist University in Texas.
St Leonards is delighted to be working with The Links Trust to provide this unique opportunity and celebrate excellence in the game, both at the school and in St Andrews, the ‘home of golf’.
For more information about the Tom Morris Scholarship and the selection process, please contact Fintan Bonner, Director of Golf at email@example.com.