Katie Bradbury was hand picked by the R&A to compete at the Argentine Women's Open in Buenos Aries

Bradbury heads to Argentina

University of Exeter Sports Scholar and international golfer Katie Bradbury has been called up to compete in the Argentine Women’s Open Championship from 12 -14 December.

The 2009 Welsh National Champion will join Ireland’s Paula Grant in a two person team handpicked by golf’s national governing body the Royal and Ancient (R&A). Flying out to Buenos Aires, the pair will face a field of professionals and amateurs at the illustrious Hurlingham Club.

Each year the R&A and invests over £300,000 in student golf, sending outstanding players to oversees competitions to gain experience as a reward for excellence performance.

Also part of the R&A scholarship scheme, Katie’s selection comes at the end of a successful 2013 where Katie remained undefeated in the Home Internationals for the second year running.

She commented: “I’m really excited about going to Argentina. I’ve travelled a lot with golf, but it’s always great to play somewhere new. I love the competitive side of golf and to have something like this to aim for is a brilliant motivation.”

In a 2013 showered in success, Katie helped drive the club to the top spot in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) national rankings.

A regular first team starter, the Accounting and Finance student formed part of the BUCS National Championship winning side in May before dominating the field at Woodhall Spa to claim her first BUCS Individual victory in October.

She added: “Formby [BUCS final] was amazing last year. It was a big moment, especially coming back from 2:1 down to win 7:1. There is a real hunger in the club to do it again this year and there is brilliant depth across the squads.

“It’s good to be competing in mixed teams as it changes the dynamic of the game completely and means that everyone raises their game. We train up to five times a week on the course, at the driving range, or in the gym, which can be a difficult balancing act with other work, but the High Performance team are very understanding and you just have to timetable yourself.

“The scholarship is really helpful too and allows you to just focus on playing your best golf. Financially it can help cover travel expenses and the mentoring side keeps you really motivated.”

Following the competition in Argentina, Katie is looking forward to the R&A Scholars tournament in April and is hopeful of a spot the BUCS individual finals.

To keep track of Katie’s results in Argentina follow @UofExeterSport on twitter.

Date: 2 December 2013

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