Huddersfield New College has revealed that Talented Athlete and Year 13 student Lily Hirst has secured a full athletic golf scholarship with the University of the Incarnate Word, Texas, USA – the first ever golfer at HNC to do so.
Following a special interview process, Lily, who is studying BTEC Sport and Exercise Science and BTEC Business, will now relocate to Texas in September and major in Psychology, whilst continuing to develop as a golfer. As part of her scholarship, Lily will be part of the elite Incarnate Word’s Women’s Golf Team, and will compete across the states in various tournaments. The terms of the scholarship means that Lily’s educational fees are funded and she will continue to combine her passion for her sport with success in her studies.
Lily’s golfing successes, which include 2019 English Girls' Under 18 Champion of Champions, 2019 Yorkshire Girls' Under 18 County Champion, 2020 Junior Strokeplay Champion (where she was also the first female to ever win both!), 2019 Scratch Team Champions with Woodsome Hall Golf Club Ladies Scratch Team, 2020 Woodsome Hall Golf Club course record holder and being part of the 2018 and 2019 North Region County Champions with the Yorkshire Ladies' Team, attracted the attention of the University of the Incarnate Word. Specialist agency Peak USA developed a profile for Lily, which was then reviewed by coaches at the University. She was then invited to apply for the scholarship and has just formally accepted this by signing her letter of intent (pictured).
Lily comments: “I am of course really excited about this opportunity, and being able to take my golfing to the next level as part of the elite team at University of the Incarnate Word. I will be majoring in Psychology, whilst continuing to train and develop in my sport. Although Covid-19 is limiting competitions at the moment, I’ve continued to train and work hard in my studies, and I’m really excited about taking my next step and I would like to say thank you to College for all the support that I have been given.”
Jamie Marsden, Director of Sport and Academies says: “We are so very proud of Lily who hasn’t let the pandemic get in the way of her sporting or academic ambitions. Lily is an incredibly talented golfer, and is our first golfer to secure an overseas scholarship. We hope that in future when she is visiting the UK, she will come into College to share more about her experiences and help inspire our students about the genuine world of opportunity available to them. We wish Lily the best of luck as she continues to combine her passion for golf with her academic studies.”
Pete Lombard, Talented Athletes Programme Lead adds: “Lily has been a model member of the Talented Athletes programme, working hard in both her sport and her studies. This scholarship represents an amazing opportunity for Lily to continue to combine and succeed in both. Our Talented Athletes progress to some unique and exciting destinations and we are looking forward to seeing Lily's golfing career continue to go from strength to strength!”