Golfing enthusiast awarded USC scholarship

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Golfing enthusiast awarded USC scholarship

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Published on 17 February 2012

17 February 2012

A Sunshine Coast Grammar School graduate, who was awarded a $6,000 scholarship by the University of the Sunshine Coast this week, is keen to use his studies to boost his chances of becoming a professional golfer.

Max Barker, 17, of Marcoola received a Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship at USC’s Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Monday 13 February.

The former high school sports prefect graduated with an OP5 and will commence USC’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science next week.

Max made his first competitive mark as a golfer at 10-years of age when he won the under-11 division at the Greg Norman Junior Medal Day in Brisbane.

He has since qualified for a number of international golfing tournaments and won several local and southeast Queensland junior tournaments.

“I think I could swing a golf club before I could walk, to be honest,” Max said.

“When I found out I could do something at University that would really let me go down the path of being in the sporting industry, well, that was always what I was going to do.

“I had been to USC a fair few times for sporting events and knew they had top facilities, and obviously it’s a huge benefit to study at a university which has great facilities.”

Max said he was grateful to be awarded the scholarship which would help pay for textbooks and travel expenses.

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the University awarded scholarships, bursaries and prizes each year to reward academic excellence and to support students with financial assistance during their studies.

“The University is very grateful to our donors for supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals and future careers,” he said.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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