Emily Toy playing for Exeter University Golf Club in BUCS competition
Golf Scholar Emily Toy to feature in England's First Mixed Tour
BSc Exercise and Sports Sciences 3rd year student and Sports Scholar, Emily Toy, has had a colorful few years whilst being at the university and now joins an England touring party first, as a mixed squad of six players tours Australia, in the New Year taking in four events.
Cara Gainer, who represents Oxfordshire, and Emily Toy, are the first women to take part in the annual trip. They will join Bailey Gill and David Hague of Yorkshire, Ben Jones of Northamptonshire and Tom Sloman of Somerset.
Jenny Henderson, England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “This tour is a fantastic opportunity for players to gain competitive experience and prepare for the season ahead. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to include two women players this year – I’m sure they will find it hugely beneficial and be great ambassadors for England Golf.”
Speaking to Emily this week we asked her ‘what it means to be going and what she is hoping to get out of the tour:
“Firstly I am really happy to have been selected by England Golf to be a part of the 6 person team heading out to Australia in January. This is the first time women have been able to go, so it’s a great opportunity to play competitive golf during the winter.”
“I’m excited to get out there and play a range of tournaments in both Melbourne and Sydney during the 4 weeks that we are out there. I am fortunate enough to have been selected as part of this team and want to make the most of a fantastic opportunity that I have been given!”
“I don’t really have any expectations in terms of performance, I’ve been working hard on my game throughout the winter term here at University of Exeter and it’s going to be good to put this into competitive golf so early on in the golf season. The training I have been doing at Uni on the Vic Ambler Golf Centre, and in the Athlete Development Centre with S&C as a part of the uni performance programme has really aided my consistency. The fixtures I have been playing in during this term have really helped keep my focus as well. I wanted to build on the end of last season and take this forward into the fourth coming year, and now to have the opportunity to play in Australia and play competitively is something I am really looking forward to!"
Harry Scott, Head of Golf for University of Exeter commented on Emily’s performance and selection:
“Emily is an excellent ambassador for golf at Exeter and her performances over the last 12 months have been outstanding. The golf programme affords the opportunity for talented players take their game to the highest level and Emily is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and the necessary support. We wish her every success representing England in Australia and will be closely following the scores!”
Keep track of Emily’s and England’s play during January and early February.
The squad will play in:
• Australian Master of the Amateurs, at Royal Melbourne, from 8-11 January
• Australian Amateur at Woodland and Spring Valley golf clubs, from 15-20 January
• NSW Amateur at Mona Vale and Terrey Hills golf clubs, from 21-24 January
• Avondale Amateur at Avondale, from 29 Jan-1 Feb
Written by James Fleming
Sports Scholarship & Recruitment Officer
Date: 24 July 2018