Peak USA hopes to take aspiring pros Stateside
A former Ladies European Tour pro has launched a business venture she hopes will set young golfers on the path to a successful career.
PeakUSA, the brainchild of Glasgow-based Gemma Webster, right, will act as the 'middle person' between European students and American colleges and universities â€“ simplifying a vital decision-making process.
On the PeakUSA website, prospective players can pay to have their profiles uploaded, where they can be viewed by coaches at colleges and universities across the States. From there, they can be contacted and, subsequently, headhunted by the coaches. Likewise, colleges and universities will have their own designated pages packed with information and contact details.
For Webster, the idea came about due to her own personal experience of entering the US collegiate system back in 2005.
Speaking to UK Club Golfer, Webster, who went to Ohio State University, said: "When I was preparing to go over to the States, I found it difficult to determine which university was going to be right for me and, obviously, that's a massive decision.
"With PeakUSA, students can view the colleges and vice versa. It helps to bridge that gap and, using my own past experiences, I can also provide my share of advice."
Before heading Stateside, Webster was a student at Dundee University where, in her one year there, she captured the 2005 BUCS Championship. Having experienced competitive golf at university level in both countries, she's believes it's a no-brainer for aspiring young pros to head across the pond.
"I've played golf at university level in both the UK and USA and, to be honest, the two don't compare. The UK leans more towards the social elements, but the USA is totally different. It's so much more competitive.
"Playing in the US collegiate system is fast becoming the only way to go if golfers are wanting to forge a career in the game."