Sporting scholar Eilidh Briggs will swap the golf course for a school gym hall, after years of balancing the demands of competing on the world stage with University study.
The 23-year-old, who picked up her first club at the age of six, reached the pinnacle of student golf during her time at Stirling, representing the University and Scotland on fairways around the world.
She will now undertake a probationary year teaching PE at a Scottish secondary school, having successfully completed her third and fourth year of University as a part time student.
Eilidh was part of Great Britain and Ireland’s carefully selected squad who competed for the Curtis Cup in St. Louis, Missouri – the all-female amateur equivalent of the Ryder Cup. The physical education student won the last ranking tournament, the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay, to gain an automatic selection spot on the team.
Meanwhile, Eilidh successfully completed four school placements and will now graduate with a first class honours degree.
The Renfrewshire-born player’s time at University, however, was not without its challenges. Shortly after her Curtis Cup success the talented young golfer suffered a disappointing injury.
“Representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup was one of my biggest goals and to travel to America to take part was a brilliant. It was an amazing experience and more than lived up to my expectations”, Eilidh said.
“Later that year I was competing on behalf of Scotland in the World Amateur Team Championships in Japan when I sustained a nasty injury to my shoulder. It put me out for 18 months. Having climbed to my highest world ranking to date to then watch it all slip away was incredibly disappointing and frustrating. However, it led me to new challenges.”
Eilidh put her teaching skills to the test by captaining the Scottish under 16s golf team at the European Young Masters, taking a place on the Winning Students Advisory Board, and completing a Women in Sport placement with sportscotland.