This week I am in attendance at the English Girls Open Championship at The Warwickshire Club. This event is full of the best girls in the country aged between 16 and 18. The standard of golf so far has been terrific and some of the shots I have seen have been top class.
We have 9 clients playing in this event which is fantastic to see. Two players coming into this on form are Eloise Healey and Emma Allen. Last week both girls had great finishes. Eloise finished 7th at the Scottish under 21′s and Emma came second in the South West Ladies.Emma is set to go to University of Missouri on a full scholarship. Both girls joined up to play their practice round here yesterday.
I also got the chance to catch up with client Kirsty Beckwith to complete her swing footage for coaches to see and what better place to have it done than here with some stunning views and holes.
With the first round under way the scores are starting to come in and by the looks of it the scoring is proving to be difficult with the greens getting firmer by the hour in the warm dry weather and an opposite wind from the previous two practice rounds seems to be catching a lot of the players out.
I would like to wish all of our clients and the rest of the competitors the best of luck for the remainder of the tournament.
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On Saturday United Sports USA staff came back to the Excelsior Stadium to hold the summer match for clients and new applicants who are looking to leave to United States in 2015 or 2016. The guest team Hamilton Academical Inverclyde FC was a challenging opposition that have not given a moment to relax and won the match 2-1.
United Sports USA vs Hamilton Academical Inverclyde FC
We were glad to see our clients Scott Robson, Alex White and Jamie Lunn who are leaving within the next month to continue their football career at Bryant & Stratton College, Carson-Newman and Lander University respectively. All three players were in a good shape and ready to play the collegiate football. Alex White will be playing for Carson-Newman. The university’s soccer team were runners up in NCAA Division II National Championship. Scott Robson was awarded the scholarship at Bryant & Stratton College that is one of the biggest junior colleges in USA based in New York. Jamie Lunn is ex-Falkirk Youth player will be playing for Lander University in Georgia.
USU team also benefited from clients Nick Fox, Matt Jonsen and Josh Chapman who made their way to Airdrie from Midlands. Nick Fox scored the only USU goal in the mach.
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Andrew Forrest Ex Motherwell U19 Youth Team Player
Ex Lanark Grammar pupil and Motherwell U19 Captain sets sail for America
Former Lanark Grammar School pupil and Ex Motherwell U19 captain Andrew Forrest has left the club by mutual consent and signed a coveted soccer scholarship with NCAA D2 Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.
19 year old Andrew leaves for America in July for warm weather training in Florida before travelling to Memphis to meet up with his new team mates for pre-season training.
Andrew spent 9 years at Motherwell and leaves with a heavy heart but is now focused on this new adventure. He will spend his next 4 years combining a business degree while representing the university soccer team in a full time capacity.
Clint Browne Head Men’s Soccer coach at CBU worked with United Sports USA’s Andy Newman himself an Ex Scottish schoolboy internationalist and professional with Hibernian FC to persuade the centre back that CBU would provide the correct environment to continue his soccer career while also focusing on his studies.
Clint went on to say ‘’ I have worked with the staff United Sports USA for over 10 years now and have struck up a trusting relationship with them, they are basically my eyes and ears for players in the UK, when Andrew was recommended we had to move fast to secure his signature due to the amount of interest he had from other colleges/universities so we are delighted to have captured his signature’’
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The latest golfer to begin her journey on becoming a student athlete in the united states was young Chloe Thackery from Essex,England. Chloe accompanied by her Mum Joanne flew in from London to Glasgow yesterday to meet the staff at Unitedsportsusa. Following the initial conversation it was clear to see that Chloe was not only serious about being an athlete but also about being a successful student. Chloe has the intentions of studying psychology when she gets to university.
Chloe and myself went on the course for 9 holes. This helped me evaluate if Chloe was at the right level to pursue a golf scholarship in America. I was very impressed with Chloe’s performance. She proved that she has what it takes to continue to improve and grow as a player. What made it even more impressive was that Chloe has only been playing for 3 years and in that time has won her club championship twice.
At Unitedsportsusa we are delighted that Chloe has decided to come on board. We believe that through continued hard work and the great support she has from her parents,Chloe will have many options provided to her by the coaches in the US.
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In the aftermath of possibly the game of the Tournament Belgium vs USA it’s interesting to look into where the American players developed their skills, for the majority of the squad it was through the US collegiate system.
College soccer is a hotbed for talent which produces MLS and International calibre players year after year. Just look at the numbers – 12 out of the 23 man US World Cup squad learned their trade at the college level before turning pro. This shows how high the standard of college soccer is and the competition in being considered for a soccer scholarship in America.
It’s not just the US Men’s team that is on the rise though, the MLS is too. With the likes of Clint Dempsey, who played college soccer at Furman University TX, heading back to play for the Seattle Sounders and Tim Cahill, who scored arguably the goal of the tournament, playing for the NY Red Bulls just shows what direction US soccer is heading.
Here is the list of the US men’s team along with their Universities who came through the College system:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, University of South Carolina; Nick Rimando, UCLA;
Defenders: Matt Besler, University of Notre Dame; Geoff Cameron, Univeristy of Rhode Island; Omar Gonzalez, University of Maryland; DeAndre Yedlin, University of Akron;
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoja, Boston College; Brad Davis, Saint Louis University; Graham Zusi, University of Maryland;
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Fairleigh Dickinson and Boston College; Clint Dempsey Furman University; Aaron Johannsson, California State University.
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Lois Heuchan of Dumfries will be heading out to Kansas University this summer to join up with the KU Women’s Soccer team. Lois, a Scotland international and previously of Celtic, will begin her soccer scholarship at KU the same year as the opening of the new $22 million Soccer/Track and Field complex, Rock Chalk Park.
The first regular season match will take place at 7pm on 22nd August under the flood lights. Here Coach Francis talks about the new stadium and their 2014 schedule:
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The PGA tour is regarded as the greatest golf tour on earth. Many of the worlds top players choose to base themselves in the U.S and play across the country throughout the year. With the amount of talent on the tour it is quite interesting to see just how many players came from playing college golf and moved on to the big stage. Here are just some of the names to mention.
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HOW TO MAXIMISE SPORT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WITHIN A UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OR JUNIOR COLLEGE.
At United Sports USA we are constantly asked by student athletes and their parents how we maximise the level of scholarship funding to make university/college, junior college more affordable. The initial process of gaining a scholarship award stems from a student athletes sporting and academic credentials.
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