October 19, 2017

Merchiston Golf Academy

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A Proud Heritage in Sporting Excellence
Merchiston is steeped in sporting excellence. For over 175 years, the School has been producing a wide range of sportsmen. From the three Merchistonians who played for Scotland in the world’s first-ever rugby international, to a further 65 rugby internationalists, 24 cricket internationalists and the national honours in tennis, athletics, golf, curling and shooting, the School has always espoused a passion for sport, a desire to achieve excellence and an enjoyment of the buzz of competition as both team and individual players. 

The Golf Academy is a world where aspiring young golfers can maximise their potential whilst experiencing an education at one of the UK’s leading independent schools. Merchiston is steeped in sporting excellence and the impressive achievements of the Golf Academy have only added to the School’s rich sporting tapestry. The Golf Academy has taken part in a number of junior and senior tournaments throughout Scotland and the UK.  In 2014/15 and 2015/16 the Golf Academy was ranked number one Golf School in the UK, ISGA Junior School Rankings.

Alongside the School’s academic curriculum, the Golf Academy aims to nurture and develop the boys through a progressive system that allows them to work on their personalised golf performance programmes under the guidance of Alan Murdoch, Director of the Golf Academy, and a team of specialist instructors. For any aspiring sporting talent, there is always the challenge of balancing the need to gain an exceptional all round academic education with a dedication to sporting achievement. Here is an opportunity to do exactly that.

Our golf programme offers a completely customized approach that is implemented to cater for the specific needs of each individual player, utilising the latest training methods and techniques. Combining all aspects of training, coaching, a comprehensive match and tournament schedule and individualized conditioning and performance training, we have a proven track record in helping pupils to vastly improve all areas of their game. This includes a world renowned ‘Golf Fit’ team who look after some of the world’s top golf professionals. The School has experience with helping pupils prepare their successful applications for Golf Scholarships in the US.

The boys have access to all the facilities and sports expertise available at the School. This includes a fully-equipped modern gymnasium, swimming pool, indoor sports hall, AstroTurf, and advice and mentoring from the School’s sports staff, the Housemasters and Tutors. Thus the balance between education, pastoral care and golfing excellence is delivered to provide a unique educational experience.

World-class Coaching
The Golf Academy is led by Alan Murdoch FPGA BSc. Alan is a highly-respected Scottish coach who qualified as a PGA Professional in 1995. After a career playing on the Asian Omega Tour, and the European Challenge Tour, as well as time coaching in Germany, Alan returned to Scotland to become Director of Golf at the Kings Acre Golf Academy. Alan will be supported by Head Coach, Ian Butcher, who turned Professional in 1994 and has been coaching juniors for over 10 years. Ian has worked in the Scottish Golf Union coaching programme and was nominated as one of the top 25 golf coaches in the UK by ‘Golf Monthly Magazine’ in 2007.

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Achievements to date

2013 – ISGA Junior Open team nett winners

2014 – ISGA Scottish Open team nett winners

2014/15 Ranked No 1 UK School in the Junior Rankings

2015 -ISGA Junior Schools National Finals  Equal Winners

2016 – ISGA Wellington Salver team winners

2016 – ISGA Junior Schools National Finals Winners

2015/16 Ranked No 1 UK School in the Junior Rankings