FORMER Bedford Modern School student Sam Towler will try to qualify for the British Open after becoming Georgia Southern University’s only international recruit for 2013-2014.
The 18-year-old has been awarded one of just ten places granted annually to their Honours Programme that combines with an Academic Scholarship.
Towler, who left Bedford Modern last year with ten GCSEs including nine A*s and one A grade, has been watched for two years at national events by American golf coaches and had his choice of universities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina and New Mexico.
“I feel very privileged to have been recruited by Georgia Southern University as their golf programme is of a very high calibre,” Towler said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me. The University Honours Programme is a rigorous and more selective academic study path and I would like to thank my teachers at Bedford Modern School for their help with my reference that was an important part of the academic selection process.”
Towler has been playing golf since the age of 11.
He was selected for the Under-14, U16 and U18 County Golf Teams in succession and, at the age of 13, was selected for the U16 England South East Team.
His first big win was the U15 South of England Boys’ Championship. He won the U16 Faldo Series and competed in the subsequent World Final in Rio 2009.
He posted top-three finishes in the England Schools U18, Bedfordshire Schools’ U18, England South East Schools, Hertfordshire U18 and Woburn Golf Club U18 Championships.
He will travel all over America competing in university golf tournaments and will be trying to qualify for the British Open.