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Darren Clarke attends graduation day

July 1, 2013

The achievements of students who successfully completed the specialised Darren Clarke Golf School programme have been recognised at a special graduation ceremony this week.

The full time students, who have completed their two-year course in golf, have also accomplished studies in the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport qualification, delivered by the Northern Regional College.

" I am delighted that they chose the Darren Clarke Golf School,"said Darren Clarke, who was speaking at the graduation. " The victories the students have had at the British Schools & Colleges Championship and the Faldo Series make me extremely proud. I am glad I could play a small part in their development and education."

Darren, the 2011 Open champion, shared stories with the students and guests about his days learning the game. He offered encouragement and advice, adding: " I hope you all enjoyed the experience and that you fulfil your dreams on and off the golf course."

Recognition was given to Christian Osborne from Carrickfergus for the most improved golfer on the course. Scott Bell, from Aughnacloy, was awarded with the Halo trophy, for having the best attitude to golf throughout the year.

Further accolades and Order of Merit winners were Michael Downey, from Dromore, Alex Doyle, from Bray, and Lewis Patmore, from Newtownards. 

Lewis was also the recipient of the nett prize in the 36-hole final tournament.  Brian Carroll, from Bray, was also recognised at the ceremony after winning the gross tournament and the overall 36-hole championship. 'It's been a great year, I want to thank all the coaching staff for all their help and I wish all the guys success in the future' said Brian.  

Further success was achieved by Jamie Bryne, from Tullow, who was the winner of the Transition Year Order of Merit.

Adrian McNeice, NRC Head of School, Hospitality, Tourism & Sport, said: "The students graduating today can be proud that they have gained a recognised Level 3 qualification in Sport, which provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment in the wide variety of sports careers as well as progressing with their careers in golf. We congratulate them on their achievements and wish them well in their future careers."  

Jack Murgatroyd, DCGS coach said "The graduation day has been a fantastic event and enjoyed by all those who attended.  It was a great celebration of the achievements that the students have made throughout the year, and while a graduation is always a sad occasion (as students leave), all of the DCGS team are extremely proud of the students and wish them all the good luck and success in the world."     






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