by Craig Wright
Stirling University’s golf scholars were given a chance to test themselves against the world’s best amateur golfers recently, as they took on prestigious American institution Stanford University.
The meeting took place at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, regularly voted one of the world’s top golf courses. Fresh from winning the European University Golf Championships in Zagreb over the summer, the meeting was the perfect opportunity for Stirling’s golfers to see how they measured up against those at the top of their game.
Stanford were able to call upon the services of world number one ranked amateur golfer Maverick McNealy, who qualified for the 2014 US Open at the age of just 18. Partnered with Franklin Huang, the visitors presented a tough test for Stirling pair Laird Shepherd and Alasdair McDougall.
However, the Stirling pair made a flying start, birdying five of the first six holes of the match. Despite eventually being overcome by McNealy and Huang on the back nine, the pair can hold their heads high after an impressive display.
High performance golf coach Dean Robertson said:
“This was a great opportunity to some of our first year students the chance to see exactly what it takes at the very top level of the game. To play against the Stanford team was a joy for everyone involved and gave us great opportunity to share best practice and learn from some the best student golfers in the world.”