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Fore: University preparing Britain's first degree in golf
Associated Press

LONDON -- A British university is preparing the nation's first degree course in golf. Hackers need not apply.

It will take a handicap of 4 or better even to be considered for the bachelor of arts' program at the University of Birmingham, which will hold many classes at The Belfry, the site of next month's Ryder Cup.

Classes start a year from now. Only 25 students will be accepted for Applied Golf Management Studies, and already applications are flooding in from around the globe.

"Let's put it this way, I've hardly been off the phone talking with people who are interested," said Martin Toms, who is overseeing the program at the university's school of education.

The new program mirrors 11 fully accredited degree programs in the United States. Just like at Penn State, Florida State or New Mexico State, Birmingham students will take courses in equipment technology, analysis of swing theory, golf event management and psychology of golf.

A 4-handicap is probably the equivalent of scoring 1400 on your SATs.


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