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Masters Chases US College Dream

Photo | Simon Masters putting on the 18th green - photos courtesy of Noel Rowsell (www.photoexcellence.com.au)

Leonay resident Simon Masters is following his dream of one day becoming a Professional Golfer and has headed to the US to study at the College of the Canyons (COC) in California as a Student/Athlete for the next four years.

The ambitious 19 year old has decided to fund College in the US himself, with no help or assistance from a scholarship. For the past year, Simon has been splitting his time working in the Leonay Golf Pro Shop during the day and at the Lapstone Hotel at night to help fund his dream.

After undertaking a year of Tertiary Education beginning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2015, Simon heads overseas to complete his studies in the hope of becoming a Professional Golfer.

“As a junior golfer playing in the 'Jack Newton Junior Golf' events, I had heard of other players older than me undertaking the collegiate golf path of being a 'Student-Athlete'. It wasn't very common and I wasn't quite sure what it involved so I conducted some research as to what College Golf was all about. I discovered that College Golf was a great opportunity to combine my studies and play competitive golf on an organised schedule, something that isn't offered in Australia” he said.

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