On Saturday 21 May 2022, the sound of the Scottish bagpipes officially started the Palm Springs & MIS Golf Academy Ceremony at the Sand River Golf Club. The Golf Academy was initiated by Merchiston International School (MIS) and golfers are coached by the Palm Springs International Golf Academy.
Distinguished guests: Mr Jianjun Lyu, Chairman of MIS, Dr Murray Tod, MIS Head of School, Ms Sonia Buchan, Director, Board of Governors, Mr Nick Rudd, Head of Pastoral Care, Todd Skevington, Head of PE, Mr Fuzhen Wu, General Manager of the Sand River Golf Club and Jianzhong Hao, Deputy General Manager
The ceremony was unveiled jointly by Mr Jianjun Lyu and Mr Fuzhen Wu where they both welcomed the guests. Mr Jianjun Lyu emphasised that golf originated in Scotland and shared the same cultural attributes with Merchiston Castle School (MCS), Edinburgh. MIS is delighted to establish the Merchiston Golf Academy here in Shenzhen and inherit the sports tradition just like its founding school, MCS. Palm Springs International Golf Academy is a prestigious golf institution with amazing coaching teams, cutting-edge facilities, and first-class support services for golf players. Mr Lyu believed that the jointly established Academy can provide the best golf education with a holistic approach.
Mr Fuzhen Wu mentioned that the rise of golf relied on the golf training for young generation. The Academy will have a profound impact on the development of excellent golf players in China and the popularization of the public awareness and love of golf. MIS is the first authentic international school in Shenzhen providing a British education and boarding system, which is well-known in the international education field in the Greater Bay Area for its holistic, high-quality education. This has laid a good foundation for training golf students in the future that Palm Springs International Golf Academy is quite looking forward to.
Merchiston Castle school (MCS) in Edinburgh has traditionally celebrated sport since it first opened in 1828. They excel in many team sports and in 2011 the School decided to open their own Golf Academy after their successful Tennis Academy opened in 2007. MCS immediately was recognised as one of the top UK schools for golf and is currently ranked 2nd in the UK.
After the Unveil Ceremony, Mr Jianzhong Hao and Todd Skevington enjoyed the Tee-shot Ceremony which officially begins the Academy’s journey.
The Academy offers opportunities for MIS students to learn golf in their PE lessons in the near future. The focus doesn't just lie with Seniors golfers, Juniors students will also be able to receive professional training from golf experts,’ said Todd Skevington, ‘this paths the way to an Elite holistic education.‘
The day also witnessed Sand River Golf Club & Merchiston International School Golf Competition which demonstrated the players’ sportspersonship.
Well done to Johnson and Happy from MIS and Justin and Jacob from Sand River Golf Club on their award wins.
灯塔教育集团董事长吕建军、曼彻斯通城堡学校校长Murray Tod、校董成员Sonia Buchan、德育校长Nick Rudd、体育总监Todd Skevington，深圳沙河高尔夫球会总经理吴甫桢、副总经理郝建忠等合作双方的领导出席了仪式，见证了联名学院的成立。
“学院成立后，高尔夫课程便进入曼校的体育必修课，曼校学生在小学阶段就开始在教练的指导下进行专业的训练，” Todd Skevington表示，“我想这也是英式精英教育的题旨所在。”
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