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Merchiston Kid Heading to USA

Calum Hill ‘can’t wait’ to join University of Louisiana

MERCHISTON GOLF Academy pupil Calum Hill has signed a letter of intent to enrol at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, USA in the Autumn 2013 Semester. 

Hill, 17, from Tantallon GC, is in the SGU Boys’ Development Squad for 2013 and will team up with fellow Scot Greg Smail, who recently transferred from the University of Louisville.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Hill. “This has been a lifetime ambition of mine and I would like to take this opportunity to thankall at Merchiston who made this happen. I am so grateful.” 

Director of golf at Merchiston and Hill’s coach Alan Murdoch was instrumental in the youngster being offered a place at Monroe and said he fully deserved what was a massive opportunity.

“I am delighted for Calum. He is a fantastic young man who has worked extremely hard on both his golf and academics,” said Murdoch. “He deserves this opportunity and I wish him well.”

Merchiston’s Golf Academy is based both at the School’s 100 acre campus in Colinton, Edinburgh, where the boys - both boarding and day - participate in the School’s normal educational and social activities; and also at the nearby par 70 Kings Acre Golf Course, where coaching, practice and tutorial work take place. The boys also have access to all the facilities and sports expertise available at the School. This includes a fully-equipped fitness suite, swimming pool and sports hall, coupled with advice and mentoring from the School’s sports staff, the housemasters and tutors.

Murdoch himself is a past graduate from the same University. In fact, Hill will be joining a list of past top Scottish players who attended ULM - Kenny Walker, Royal Burgess (men’s Scottish internationalist) and Kenny Buchan, Peterhead (then Scottish Amateur champion). Hill is looking forward to meeting up with Buchan, who still resides in Monroe.

ULM head men’s coach Eric Hsu said he was delighted to see Hill sign up. “Calum comes with an impressive golfing record,” said Hsu. “I will be looking for him to make an initial impact.
“The Warhawks will definitely be turning some heads come September 2013.”

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